UK's Best Park - North West
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Think your local green space is the best in the country?
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 North West 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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Avenham and Miller Parks
This park is full of history and is always clean and tidy. I was brought up a five minute walk away.
Sitting in the shadow of historic Carlisle Castle and on the banks of the River Eden, Bitts Park is a delightful place to escape on the edge of the city centre. Formal gardens, tennis courts, play areas, splash pad and open spaces - it really does have something for everyone!
Large open green space with many areas to walk around. A quiet oasis surrounded by busy roads and beneath the flight path. Child, family and dog friendly park. A home for birds and wildlife. Feels safe and well cared for. Excellent play area and BMX track for families with children.
Have rediscovered this park again now that my children are grown up and I have an 8 month old granddaughter. I feel safe visiting this park with her as it is always busy, lots of dog walkers, parents, grandparents, runners etc. I am starting to get badly needed exercise as well.
Clarence Park is a focal point for the local community. The Lido is home to an anglers club, a model boat club and local wildlife. The Jubilee Centre provides activities for over 600 older people every week and its café has the most scenic view in Bury.
Croxteth Country Park
Croxteth Country Park is unique as it is the largest in the city and combines hundreds of acres of woodland, a working farm with rare breeds and historic buildings. It has something for everyone of all ages. It has rare and unusual trees and is a haven for wildlife.
Cuerden Valley Park
There is plenty of space to walk the dog and a great farmers market every month and lots of other events too also the new visitor centre looks as if it will be great.
The park is an excellent facility for many different types. It has facilities for dog walkers and children which are kept separate. The playpark is very popular and seeems to be used in all weathers. The cafe is first class with top class food and many varied types of entertainment.
It has a broad range of activities to suit all ages and abilities: play area, bowling green and it has just had a new state of the art fitness gym installed. It is used and loved by all in the community.
King George V Playing Fields (Ashton under Lyne)
King George's is a great community park with it's volunteers working in Georgie Progies cafe, plants and trees, bees and honey production, keep fit path and outdoor gym equipment, seven football pitches, three bowling greens, kiddies sports area and play equipment and a great green space to relax in the town centre.
Nuttall Park is an open green space which has provided a haven for the community since 1928. With sports facilities for all ages, a venue for parties and beautiful gardens to admire whilst just sitting, it ticks all the boxes. Enjoy getting out in the fresh air in Nuttall Park.
Oldfield Brow Cow Field
The 'Cowie' is bliss. It’s a rare place where kids & dogs can run free, with a playground and football pitch but still with a feeling of space. With skies and views that go on forever and amazing wild animals it’s the green heart of the community.
Park View Playing Field
Since Park View opened it has gone from strength to strength and is a credit to everyone involved. The play facilities are superb & they hold fabulous events. My 6 year old twins have been regularly using the park since they could walk and will definitely continue to for many years!
Stanley Park has enriched my life for over 50 years. As a child, parent, and grandparent it has enabled me to experience nature throughout the seasons. It has provided happiness and sometimes joy and has been a place to provide balm to a wounded soul at times. It is my haven.
Walton Hall Park
Walton Hall Park is 130 acres of beautiful green and open space. It was opened by King George V and treasured by the whole community ever since. It has bowling greens, play areas, sports facilities, football pitches and two large fishing lakes. There are lots of events both big and small for all to enjoy.
Lovely park, great for taking photos and a relaxing walk with my dogs. So much for the children to do. A park for all ages.
This Park is set in 109 hectares of open Parkland in South Manchester. It is steeped in history and has historical buildings within it. The Park has wonderful community spirit, a community cafe and friends groups. Parklives runs a buggy boot camp there which is particularly popular for mums and babies.