UK's Best Park - East of England
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Voting for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2016 has now closed. Over 200 local green spaces across the UK were been nominated by you with over 10,000 votes cast. The parks nominated within the East of England are listed below. Following the conclusion of the public vote four parks have been shortlisted with the winner announced at the Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 30th November.
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Admirals Park and Tower Gardens
I love the variety this park offers - the stream in which children can paddle, the obviously cared for flower gardens, the expanse of grass and the public screening of the British part of the Tour de France. The public tennis court, river walks, picnic tables - it makes me feel proud.
Aspal Close Nature Reserve
This is a very popular site with both locals, visitors and dog walkers. The flora and fauna is very varied, and I have spotted owls and foxes on a few occasions. It is a calming and peaceful space.
Superb annual bedding displays. Great place to picnic in city centre. Essex County Cricket a stones throw away. Heaven.
This green space in Watford, stretching over 190 acres, is a real community asset. It boasts excellent facilities - play area, paddling pools, sports pitches, miniature railway and bandstand. Furthermore it also contains acres of beautiful natural space, the River Gade flowing through the park surrounded by fantastic woodland. A truly complete park.
Beautiful sculpted gardens surrounding the oldest Norman Keep in the UK.
Catton Park is a beautiful 70 acre Grade II* listed country park located in Old Catton, and is open for all to enjoy at any time. Users can wander through the open wild flower meadow, explore the woodlands, hunt for wood sculptures, climb trees and even pond dip. A beautiful place.
Central Park (Chelmsford)
A fantastic green lung near the city centre, with a river, a lake, lovely cafe, playgrounds and footpaths to go for a walk or run. A gorgeous place to parkrun every Saturday morning.
Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve
A linear nature park, that runs into the city centre, a chance to see egrets, gossanders and cycle to work, with an active volunteer group run by the Parks Department at the City Council.
Cherry Hinton Hall Park
This park has something for all ages, children's park and two paddling pools, tennis courts, wooded areas to walk, duck pond with dipping area. The park also has a lot of history attached, big house that's presently a school dating back hundreds of years.
A superb, large park which extends from the town centre to very close to the outskirts. A hugely diverse park with large open spaces, arboretum, extensive wildlife and sports facilities. Used for a huge range of activities. A real gem of a park - love the place.
East Harling Playing Fields
A great space for young children, this area was developed as a play area by hard working volunteers in the community who raised funds to update and add new play equipment. A real community project, loved by the whole community.
Great Bramingham Park
Volunteers collaboarte with schools, colleges and universities to make this highly pressured space a real haven for stressed residents. Many have said that it has helped them recover from both mental and physical illnesses. All age groups, historical sites, fauna and wildlife are catered for.
Halstead Town Gardens
Bought by town in 1901, interesting history. Central, easy access. Good community asset used for a range of functions along with general relaxation and meeting point. Essential green lung for town with a green deficit. Must retain parts threatened with 'development'. Important for physical and mental health of residents and visitors.
Harling Recreation Ground
This park offers not only a busy and vibrant social club but skate and kids play park. The beautifully kept grounds play host to cricket, athletics and football to name a few. An amazing recreation field which is the hub of the village.
Beautifully maintained park, with wonderful walks. Very interesting surroundings.
Such a wonderful park, it's huge so plenty of space for everyone. It has beautiful gardens as well as wide open spaces. It houses a stunning country house, with a vibrant converted stable block full of resident artists, a cafe & gift shop. It also has the best children's playground around!!
Lexden Park Local Nature Reserve
This park has everything, a beautiful pond with ducks and geese. A natural running track and trails with deer and lots of wildlife.
Little Paxton Playing Field
The QEII Playing Field is a fantastic open space for residents to enjoy and relax. It encompasses a cricket wicket, two football pitches, a multi use games area, 22 items of outside fitness equipment, seating and a mound. It is easily accessible and is used by all residents.
Manor Road Park
Pleasant green area with mature trees, a small river and a children's play area located within an urban area of Luton.
Necton Playing Field
This field provides something for everybody; two great football pitches, outdoor gym, zip wire, swings, slides, Witches' Hat and basketball. Walkers can enjoy the perimeter walk, sit at picnic benches or throw a blanket on the ground. It brings the community together.
It's a great green, open space with 3 adventure playgrounds for different age groups, walking, cycling, rowing and sailing activities - accessible for disabled people. Good facilities with toilets, cafes, visitor centre. Lots of events encouraging family, children, schools and adults and disabled people to engage with nature and exercising in nature.
It's a calm, well kept, environmentally friendly park. Built to preserve the beauty of the natural wildlife whilst being perfect for nature walks with stunning vistas of hundreds of years old trees and gorgeous ponds. It's the crown jewel of parks, a place to dwell with nature at its finest.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve
Excellent nature reserve that has so much to see and does so much to teach younger generations about. Holds events day and at night. Has lots of wildlife from birds to deer and fungi and wildflowers.
Rain or shine, the Prom has something for everyone. From the free parkruns for adults and children, to the splash park to the tree-lined walks, gardens, little cafes and views of the boats on the beautiful Blackwater Estuary. It's a true community centre.
It contains a museum, golf course, athletics track, many mature trees, ornamental gardens, wild flower areas, good play areas for children, pleasant long walks and a café. It is a delight to thousands in a town with few green spaces left.
Victoria Playing Field
A beautiful park where the community comes together to play sport, go for a walk or play on the swings. Home to Victoria Playing Fields FC, where local children learn to play football in a fun and inclusive setting. The active “Friends” group hosts a wonderful “Larks in the Park” each year.
Wandlebury Country Park
Once the grounds of large country house, the Park is owned and looked after by local charity Cambridge, Past, Present and Future. Open every day, it's a welcome retreat for nature lovers, walkers and families with beautiful woodlands, flora & fauna. Steeped in history,with remains of 5th Century BC Iron Age Hill Fort.
West Stow Country Park
This park has fishing lake, lots of walks either by the river or round the lake. It has Saxon village, an old water station bird hide, play area, cafe, always clean toilets! So much more to list.