UK's Best Park - East of England
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Think your local green space is the best in the country?
Voting is now closed for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within the East of England 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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Abbey Gardens and Park
Park featuring formal gardens, ruins, sports facilities, an aviary, light refreshments & toilets. A mix of the finest facilities a park possesses, part of the site predates Magna Carta.
Ampthill Great Park
A great amenity, with history attached, as Katherine of Aragon was detained in Ampthill Castle during her divorce from Henry VIII. Beautify kept park which has recently undergone work to return it to Capability Brown's original design. Containing woodland, grassland and wetland habitats. Cricket and Football also played there.
Historic parkland; 215 acres of gloriousness, fantastic views to London and Kent, woodland, walled garden, visitor centre, captive deer herd, glimpses of wild deer. Visited as a child, a young mum and now with elderly mother, one of her few pleasures is the beauty and watching families enjoying and using the space.
The wide range of amazing facilities - parkland and woodland walks, bandstand with regular concerts, paddling pools, cafes, wetland area, canal and river, playing field, even a little railway with rides for kids and care taken to enable disabled people to enjoy it all - just fantastic!
Beautiful Castle Park is situated in the heart of Colchester boasting over 2000 years of history. The park is grade two listed for its gardens of special historic interest to England and is a lovely place to enjoy picnics, music, games, or just walks around the wonderful trees and flowers.
Awarded Green Flag status (2017) in recognition of outstanding community contribution, Catton Park, in the heart of Old Catton, is a Grade 2* listed park which, with grants from Heritage Lottery Fund, has evolved as a place for people and nature; providing a beautiful location for walking, fitness, playing, exploring and relaxing.
Cedars Park is a 16th century public park, originally the site of Theobalds Palace a Tudor palace, now managed by the Borough of Broxbourne. It's in the heart of the local community, open seven days a week and visited by over 300,000 people a year.
This park is a glorious jewel in the crown for Ipswich it has wonderful ancient trees and beautiful green spaces, the Mansion House stands proud in an excellent position overlooking this fine park, a truly worthy winner of this competition.
I enjoy this park because of the sea views. The small cafe where you can get a coffee while the children play in the local play park. You can also walk to the other part of Dovercourt and Harwich town from here. Lovely in the summer.
This park is a beautiful place with an open grassed area which rolls down to the River Yare in Norwich. There is a cafe which caters for the many dog walkers and their dogs. There are lovely airy wooded areas and it is home to Earlham Hall.
Vibrant exciting civic space, with fascinating history, various sports, always innovating, inclusive and multigenerational. Loved by everyone.
Has a skateboard park for the cyclist and skateboard enthusiasts, football field, Peace garden, children's park, Bowls Club, so something for everyone. Have a picnic, peaceful walk, or see the fairs and other entertainment that is laid on a few times a year.
George Street Open Space
Nice little children's playground on a quiet residential street. Swings and other play equipment for the kids to play on as well as a grassed area to kick a football around. My kids love coming here.
Great Bramingham Park
The park is maturing into a place where visitors can access wild meadows, monument land, Drays Ditches, The Theed and John Bunyan Trails, The Icknield Way in a managed manner. We also run activities for the local residents that utilise the play areas and the pond.
Halstead Public Gardens
An Anglia in Bloom award winning park which caters for both young and old. Such a beautiful place to sit or wander whilst creating an inner peace within your innermost soul. What a joy this place is!
Holywells Park is a beautiful haven of wildlife, nature and fun. It is such a lovely peaceful place to spend time, and there really is something for everyone; an exciting play park, green space, woodland walks, a cafe, sports equipment, a stunning conservatory and maze and much more.
Kings Head Meadow Park
Kings Head Meadow is a vibrant park which is in the town centre and is a hub of activity from children playing to weekend football matches. Visitors from all ages regularly use the park and have the annual community picnic.
Lynnsport Leisure Park
It's abundant in wildlife which includes the rare water vole, otter and bat. The largest green open space in an increasingly urban environment, it maintains the connection between nature and child. Lynnsport is on the doorstep of one of the most deprived area in the country.
I have been using this wonderful facility for over 30 years, it is well maintained, easily accessible for all and there is a great mix of birds and wildlife to see and enjoy.
Parson's Close Recreation Ground
Parson's Close Recreation Ground has everything you need for a great day out. 100-tonne sand beach, Splash and Play, play area and one of the busiest bandstands in the country. A must visit!
Priory Park is a beautiful park with a fascinating history, which combines a relaxing green space with opportunities for forest school and many sporting activities. The park is always well-tended and safe for all the family to enjoy.
Ramsey War Memorial Recreation Ground
Beautiful area with mature trees and a woodland walk. Run completely by volunteers. Wooden play equipment recently fundraised for and constructed. Home for various football teams of various ages and plans to fundraise for much needed toilets and changing rooms.
Riverside Park has childrens play area, Ambiance Cafe, a mini railway, boating lake, bands play in summer near cafe, swans, geese, plus the River Ouse nearby. Nice area to chillax with a coffee and watch the world go by with tunes playing on headphones.
Starston Glebe Meadow
The village bought a two acre field. Volunteers planted new hedges and an orchard, installed bee hives and bird and bat boxes to create a community meadow, a little piece of peace for village events and quiet reflection where everyone is welcome. It is now at the heart of Starston life.
Stockbridge Meadows is peaceful oasis in the heart of Melbourn. It includes beautiful walks through a wildflower meadow attracting many birds and other wildlife, boardwalk along the river and a community orchard. The country park has become an area that benefits the whole of the village.
A fantastic park with lots of facilities for local people including the Stockwood Discovery centre and café, horse riding, golf centre, veteran trees and areas of designated County Wildlife Site. Heritage trails through the park take you past a WWII pill box, ha-ha and the location of an ice house.
The Walks is a Grade II listed park of 42 acres boasting a 15th century chapel known as the Red Mount open to the public May to September, children's play areas, cafe, toilets, tree trail and a bandstand which local bands use during summer Sundays. parkrun happens every Saturday at 9am.
Train Wood is 12 acres of wet and dry woodland at the start of The Marriott's Way, once a railway line the route runs from Norwich to mid Norfolk . This wood is used by walkers cyclists and fishermen a real community asset. In the heart of Norwich the city's green lung.
A visit to Verulamium Park is one of the highlights of a trip to St Albans. The Roman artefacts, the lakes and the view of the Abbey all add to its charm. People like myself who do parkrun and train with British Military Fitness in the park feel very lucky.
Wandlebury Country Park
Wandlebury is a beautiful place to spend time in nature, with walks through a variety of landscapes, and hides/perches along the way allowing you to get even closer to the animals that live on site. There's a lovely pond (full of creatures), a well maintained orchard and heritage architecture too!
A heritage park with all it's original features and structures. It was again awarded a Green Flag status this year and the staff that look after the park are dedicated, ensuring that it is of a high standard all year round. A hub of the community with welcoming appearance. A1
Wigmore Valley Park
A special natural open space that has been reclaimed from an old open tip. Red kite can be seen soaring above and in June wild orchids of many varieties flower in profusion later still blackberries for jam! A wonderful haven for flora, fauna, dog walkers and children.
Willows Nature Reserve
A quiet haven from the surrounding developments, a place where to sit and enjoy nature with insect life buzzing over the water and wind blowing through the Willows. Well kept by the Borough Council and volunteers.