UK's Best Park - North East
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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 North East 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.
To view parks nominated in other areas around the UK simply follow one of the links below.
I've lived beside this park all of my life and its lovely. It's got a bandstand, a pond, a playing field and loads of trees full of bird life. It's just lovely, my mum took me, I took my daughters and now I'm taking my grandchildren.
Chirton Dene Park
This small park is beautifully maintained. It has woodland, water and grass offering a range of environments with always something beautiful to see.
Nearby parking. City centre location with a lake, brewery, parkrun, cattle, children's play area, tennis courts, skate park, amazing café, water station, big fun run, annual funfair, art sculptures, bandstand and ride on railway. A local beauty spot.
A fantastic park in the middle of the town offering something for everyone from running, walking trails and cycling routes and BMX tracks to football and wildlife including red squirrels. An asset to the town.
Hardwick Park gets better each year. Always a beautiful place to visit, the natural environment continues to be protected and enhanced, and the park now has more events than ever for the whole family. It's a wonderful asset for the local and wider community.
Leazes Park is a beautiful Victorian 'Peoples Park', the lungs of the city of Newcastle, adjacent to the University, RVI hospital and close to the city centre. We have a lake, a profusion of trees and shrubs which flower throughout the year, making it the perfect walk and rest place.
Newham Grange Park
Its wide open spaces make it popular with dog walkers. It is is home to an abundance of wildlife. Unable to compete with the amenities of larger parks, it is loved for its unspoilt natural beauty, great childrens play area, bowling green, stream and pond.
Richardson Dees Park and Hall Grounds
Richardson Dees Park and Hall Grounds has something for everyone. Amazing play areas and outdoor gym, Bowls, games courts and skateboard park. It is a wildlife haven with peaceful walks. It has a friendly inviting café and community activities are organised all year round.
Families flock here - picnics, tents, water-play, ice creams, community spirit, a green welcoming haven. Friends group lobbied for new toilets and succeeded, earned Green Flag and Best Park in Northumberland awards. Collaborative projects with primary and senior school students – tree trail and park entrance design. Small steps, positive changes.
It's just a magical place. I've been going there since I was a kid and I'm now 73 and it never fails to thrill. It has everything. From open space in which to play and relax, a boating lake, bowling greens, shrub lined paths, a maze and Saltwell Towers with its cafe.
A beautiful park remains in a town where facilities are being cut left right and centre. A park that attracts people of all walks of life for play, relax, exercise and experience.
Springfield Park in Whinfield is loved, and greatly valued by all ages in the north eastern edge of the urban area of Darlington. It is used for access to the countryside, especially an ancient Green Lane bridleway, for playing sport, for children to use its play area and for general recreation.
West Park (Jarrow)
Totally blessed to have such an amazing park at the bottom of my street which is kept looking good by a team of volunteers. They have changed the park, for the better, over the last few years and I am so proud!
West Park (South Shields)
This park is part of the community from dog walking, Easter celebrations, involving a new homeless project, bowling clubs, outside gymn and fitness classes. This park has been part of my family's life for over 100 years and has managed to keep up with what the community who uses it might want.