UK's Best Park - East Midlands
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Think your local green space is the best in the country?
Voting has now closed for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within the East Midlands are listed below. Voting closed at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
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Huge array of mature trees, an aviary, a bandstand, lakes and formal gardens. Beautiful in every respect.
Nottingham's oldest park, the Arboretum is beautifully laid out with many interesting and historic trees. It's super close to the city centre and on the tram and bus lines, giving everyone the chance to get out into nature in the middle of a big city.
Arnot Hill Park
It is an oasis of calm and wildlife in the heart of Arnold combining tranquillity and a safe area for children.
Bradgate is a park ran as a charity, 850 acres with 450 head of deer red fallow, tea barns and toilet facilities at all three car parks. Bridalways criss cross the park to ensure safe horse riding with the river Lin running its length. A wonderful open space.
I used to live and work near this beautiful park for many years but now that I live in Spain I miss it, so it's the first place I visit when I'm back in Nottingham.
Colwick Country Park
Beautiful park enjoyed and accessible by all. Easy access as on bus route and cycle routes from the city. Local history and up and coming adventure park. Many adventures there.
Corby Sculpture Park
Corby Sculpture Park is sited on a landscaped area within Oakley Vale, Corby. The site has three lakes and three sculptures all on land reclaimed from open cast mining of iron ore. The local community association are now commissioning local sculptors to add to the collection for the enjoyment of all.
Daventry Country Park
Daventry Country Park is a beautiful oasis of calm at the heart of our community. Whether wandering through its pretty meadows or viewing its wonderful bird life, sipping a cuppa at the Café or enjoying the play area with your children, the Park offers something for everyone.
East Carlton Country Park
Beautiful green area for everyone to enjoy. Highly maintained. Always kept clean and litter free. Safe enclosed area for children. Fantastic shop, selling local produce, fruit and veg. Children's toys, animal accessories. Lovely cafe selling good value wholesome food and snacks. Free car parking. A pleasure to use.
Gedling Country Park
Fantastic views, great walks, play area for children but more importantly something for everyone to enjoy Simply the best with views down the Trent valley to Belvoir Castle and Lincoln to the North East.
Hedley Villas Park
A little hidden treasure in the middle of forest fields packing in a pizza oven, may pole, adventure play equipment, local looked after garden and art installation, along with regular community events make this a perfect park!
Highfields Park is just beautiful - the large lake, gorgeous mature trees and wildlife make it an incredible place to visit, plus it's used by runners, walkers, cyclists and families in the big playground - and there's always an ice cream van! The perfect park.
Jubilee Field sits in the heart of Upper Boddington and is a beautiful, peaceful green space with outstanding views and wildlife. The result of hard work and true community spirit this natural space is a joy to visit and appeals to all age groups. We love Jubilee Field!
A village park run by volunteers but having big attractions and great support. A heated outdoor swimming pool, caravan park and childrens playground. Tennis, croquet and bowls clubs all available for hire by visitors. Cafe facilities and numerous events are held during the year in the rally field.
Lenton Recreation Ground
I have fond memories of playing in 'the Rec' as a child and take my kids often. It is a true local park serving the local community and has a wonderful 'Peace Garden' cared for by local residents. Lenton Recreation Ground is well loved by many locals old and young alike!
This park is a lovely tranquil place where lots of people come to play and walk their dogs. The 210 acre site includes Natural Heritage Trails, a skateboard ramp, children’s playground and a lake.
Rushden Hall Park
Grass for games/walking, flower beds & arbour, play areas, a walled garden for special events with stage, toilets, museum, fenced dog area, wild area surround with stream & school learning areas, car parks, Hall for hire, great variety of trees and wildlife. Four separate entrances and hard paths. Beautiful!
Squires Field Park
Come rain or shine, Southwell Memorial Park was overflowing with happy faces this Summer. Our small community raised money for the park to be redeveloped for the first time in twenty years. A new generation is creating memories on play equipment and unique sculptures inspired by our local Bramley apple.
Edwardian gardens now a public park. Absolutely delightful original tree planting enhanced by Borough annual planting. A treat to walk through at any time or season. Hard to choose a favourite time but perhaps cool of evening.
A great community space, with beautiful gardens, well kept grassy areas, and wonderful sporting facilities. Used by the widest spread of people making full use of our wonderful park from croquet to rugby, from skateboards to band concerts, from tots on swings to pensioners dog walking. A GREAT park.
Wollaton Hall Park
500 acres of spectacular gardens and parkland to walk around, fly kites, cycle, walk the dog and go hunting for conkers! Adventure play area for the youngsters, Wollaton Hall that houses a natural history museum, a cafe AND an industrial museum. There is something for everyone so bring a picnic and enthusiasm.
Woodthorpe Grange Park
Wonderful for children to go and play and adults to enjoy the house and gardens. The park includes greenhouses and a Tropical House, with a variety of plants and trees, including a banana tree. There is also an 18 hole Pitch and Putt golf course.
A lovely space on the edge of Grantham used and shared by the whole community. A committed team of people undertake numerous volunteer events through the year. Landscape kept groomed and tidy. Kids paddling area very popular with families.