UK's Best Park - North West
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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 West 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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Alexandra Park (Oldham)
The park is 23 hectares of wonderful landscaping built in the 1800's. It contains several Victorian structures including a bandstand and glasshouse and is widely used by the local community. Weekly events such as parkrun and annual festivals ensure it is enjoyed by many. Just outside the town centre too.
Alexandra Park (Whalley Range)
This fabulous Grade II listed park has been restored to provide a wonderful space and a great range of activities. A local landmark and great community resource.
This is the Park of my childhood and is still as magical today 60 odd years later. It was the host of the 3rd World Scouting Jamboree in 1929. The lake, the pitch and putt, golf course, tennis, bowls, children's swings etc are well kept and cared for. I love it.
Glorious open spaces. A Tudor Mansion and a lake with ducks, swans and a fountain.
Avenham and Miller Parks
It is so tranquil and beautifully maintained. Close to the town centre, it's gently sloping paths and gardens leading to the river Ribble, make this stunning park outstanding and a jewel in Preston's crown.
It is a beautiful example of a Victorian Park, with innovative and unique design. It is exceptionally well managed and maintained, and has over two million visitors per year. It is an asset which the people of Birkenhead are extremely proud of and deserving of the title of UK's Best Park.
Tranquil space on the edge of a busy town centre and in the shadow of Carlisle Castle. A beautiful floral garden, children's play area, tennis courts and path along the River Eden. A large events area plays host to everything from pop concerts to the annual bonfire. An amazing park.
This well-used park has history, a children's play area, wide open spaces and a river running through it - all within easy walking distance of two town centres. It is a place for big community events and for peace and quiet. A real asset to our neighbourhood.
Bullcote Park is a little gem with an inviting playground, slides and swings and a fitness trail for young and old! Ropewalks, rocks and sandpit add extra interest. A glorious bowling green for competitions and seats for the view. A proper family park for all.
I’ve been going to the park for over 15 years, since moving to Liverpool, and I keep finding new bits I’ve not explored before. Whether out for a jog, feeding the ducks, hide 'n' seek in the walled garden, playing on the swings or a game of cricket. It’s the best.
Castle Park has been used as a public park since 1933 when it was donated to Frodsham. The park, which covers 6.5 hectares, has new sports, arts and conference centres. There is a superb playground for children and the many squirrels are people friendly.
Chorlton Water Park
It's beautiful in all seasons and in all weathers. I've been going there for years and I always see something new, it's used by young and old and for so many things from gentle walking to people exercising or for clearing your head after a busy day!
Croxteth Country Park
It's an absolute gem! Ancient trees, woodland and under threat from the local council. Beautiful old Hall and buildings, as well as the wonderful park. We are so blessed to have this. It should be cherished and looked after. Lots of work being done by Friends of Croxteth Hall Vounteers Group.
One of the oldest Victorian Parks, established in 1895, and contains most of the original features. We as a Friends of Group do our best to work with our council, to maintain standards, we continually fundraise to put on free events for our community.
Everton Park has a variety of special places to walk, let your dog play, and/or fun playgrounds for the children. The Park provides a magnificent view of all of Liverpool and even the hills of Wales. Something for everyone in the community.
Brilliant facility for children, walkers, dogwalkers, weddings and parties. It preserves the park and supports several festivals for the town. It's an essential facility and Ulverston can't afford to lose it. It truly punches above its weight but needs all the support it gets. This award would be invaluable.
Hare Hill Park
Hare Hill Park is an excellently preserved and maintained Edwardian Park. It has won a Green Flag award for many years in succession and, alongside simply being "just what a park should look like", it has become the centre for a wide range of community activities.
Amazing park - used by locals and visitors to New Brighton - has amazing views from the hills over Liverpool Bay. Has tennis courts, bowling greens, play park and football pitches. Run by Friends of Harrison Park who are also amazing.
Hesketh Park is beautiful, full of trees and squirrels and conkers. There are dragonflies, roses, fresh smelling herbs and wild places. People love dogs there and I can be peaceful and free. The place is steeped in history, memories, timeless, secret, special, part of my soul. I love it.
Highams Playing Fields
The venue currently has seven football pitches, two cricket squares and a rugby pitch. The local community use the field for activities for young and old and responsible dog walkers. This year has seen an Asian cricketer competion with pro players.
Highfield Country Park
Just steps away from the centre of Levenshulme, Highfield Country Park feels like another world entirely. With its Tolkienesque paths, picturesque nooks and quiet glades it offers a haven for picnicking families, walkers and joggers, foragers and dog-walkers alike. I'm so grateful to have it on my doorstep.
Hurst Grange Park
Hurst Grange Park is a wonderful area because it is broken up into many varied sections. Each area has its own unique features: ponds, woodland, formal/trail paths. Impressive features are the trim trail, the 'Tree Trail', the historical coach house and the fantastic play area. A park well worth a visit!
KGV Park with Allithwaite Orchard and Meadow
A small equipped village park and orchard area with picnic area, various apple varieties and damsons with community bee hives. A village central green space managed by volunteers and Parish Council for the use of all, overlooking Morecambe Bay. Free fruit, play, picnic or enjoy peace and quiet - it's absolutely fab!
Former estate of John Ryland. Now boasts a Pet Corner, Disk Golf, tree carvings, Café, older and younger children's play areas, formal, wildlife and Japanese gardens, athletics stadium, climbing wall, allotments, bowling greens together with general grassed areas and paths.
Nutsford Vale Country Park
Nutsford Vale is a unique place in the densely populated Gorton area, giving the local community an oasis in which to walk, exercise, breath fresh air, walk the dog, hear birdsong, enjoy the freedom of open space and the resultant health benefits.
Nuttall Park is an urban oasis enjoyed by the community of Ramsbottom. People can walk, cycle, play or just sit and admire the colourful gardens and surrounding hills. There is a bowling club, tennis courts, playground, outdoor gym and community base so everyone is catered for.
Oldfield Brow Cow Field
The 'Cowie', as it is affectionately known, is a blissful and vital green space in a large residential area. It is adored by the community who regularly engage in litter picking, seed planting, etc. The views and sunsets are endless and unbroken. They must be seen to be believed.
Rimrose Valley Country Park
My favourite green space was originally called Wabbs Tip. It was transformed into one of the best green spaces I've seen. Loved by me and my old dog. We are there every day and hope to keep it from development. A lovely mix of environments for wildlife and people.
Roe Lee Park
Roe Lee Park 16 acre, urban fringe park on the outskirts of Blackburn. The fantastic Friends volunteer support group organise excellent community events attracting 3000+ visitors; helping break down barriers, build communities and create opportunities. Recently awarded funding for a new playground. Yearly footfall 35,000 people.
Beautifully open spaces and lake. Children's playgrounds. Classic stone entrances, sweeping through meadows, a graceful country entrance. Waterfalls and fountains. Stepping stones to cross the Jordan, grottos with ticklish dragons, Peter Pan statue adorned with faries, a fairy glen for them to play in. The glorious Palm House for exotic plants and music for all.
Southport Botanical Gardens
The jewel in Southport's crown, a small park, but beautifully kept by, largely, the hard work of a dedicated team of volunteers. Floral displays, a lake, children's play area, menagerie, Victorian days, summer brass bands concerts - something for everyone.
Stanley Park is fabulous, from the art-deco cafe, boating lake, visitors centre, bandstand and beautiful gardens mini-golf and children's area. The Friends Group work hard to bring us free summer entertainment on every weekend. Car shows and lots of family entertainment The centre point of Blackpool - and fabulous!
Swinton Grove Park
This is an inner-city park that has been transformed in the last 15 years through the hard work of members of the local community supported by Manchester Leisure. Lots of facilities for all ages and an annual Fun Day that attracts 100's of people.
Tawd Valley Park
Just a few yards from the shopping centre of Skelmersdale (Skem) - a 1960s new town built as the Liverpool slums were cleared - lies a haven of green tranquillity. The Tawd valley is why Skem is where it is, and why we're proud of the town and our park.
A local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest that has incredible views across the Wirral to Liverpool and Wales. The park is also home to Thor's Stone, which is the centre of romantic legend. There is great walking, a variety of wildlife and a lovely tranquil atmosphere.
Towneley Park is the largest park in Burnley surrounding historic Towneley Hall, which is affectionately known as "the jewel in Burnley's crown". With an extensive range of events, activities and exhibitions Towneley provides something for everyone. There are exhibitions, playgrounds, woodland walks, sculpture trails, an award-winning permaculture project Offshoots and more.
It's a beautiful park - with so many things of enjoyable pleasure - great Cafe and ice-cream parlour - swing park - lovely rose garden - bandstand that has live shows and bands - lots of squirrels - lots of beautiful flowers - it's a pleasure to visit.
It's a fab place, despite Salford Council's cutbacks. Stunning original Victorian bandstand and bowling green, used by everyone and four generations of my family, picnics and a play area. We used to have band performances, tai chi and warden walks - no more as cut backs saw to that, but still an amazing space.
This garden was donated to Sale and has been beautifully cared for by a team of Friends. It has a Japanese garden, a theatre lawn and a wisteria arch among other areas. It has featured in many wedding photos. A real gem.
Walton Hall Gardens
The gardens and grounds have been open to the public since 1945, it has a children’s play area, formal gardens,and a pitch and putt, crazy golf, bowls and a children's zoo. There is something for all the family and all set in the most beautiful and relaxing park... it’s truly amazing.
Walton Hall Park
Walton Hall Park is our local park, it is 130 acres of natural outstanding beauty. It has been enjoyed by generations of my family. A real community park and a hub of the community. It is run by us, the community, for us.
A wonderful park with wide open spaces which is great for all types of sports and picnics. With marvellous views of the city from the big blue sky.
Werneth Low Country Park
Bought by the people of Hyde as a war memorial for WWI, this park is a hill that looks out across seven counties. Still wild and semi-moorland it is used every day in all weathers by many people from the surrounding towns. A place of inspiring beauty.
Witton Country Park
Witton Park is 480 acres of blissfully gorgeous countryside on the edge of Blackburn. It's somewhere I grew up with and love to this day. It's home to rare wildlife and magnificent trees. A wonderful amenity of everyone and somewhere you can lose yourself all day if you wish.
For all ages from waking in the Spring to the frosts of Winter. Woodland walks, seating for taking it all in. A long established Maze, volunteer run miniature railway, visitor centre, sports pitches, mini golf, formal gardens, pond, architectural heritage & great outdoor play area for kids.
Yarrow Valley Country Park
A beautiful setting, full of wildlife, but also full of peace and restorative tranquility