UK's Best Park - South East
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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 South East 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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Blakers Park is an emerald in the centre of an urban area. With many lovely trees, an ancient Elm, green lawns, beautiful flower beds, playground and cafe and, at its highest point a spectacular sea view, it's enjoyed by everyone in our community and we couldn't contemplate living without it.
Broadwater Park is a beautiful Green Flag award winning community park, which has a beautiful lake at its centre and high quality facilities including new toilets. It is supported by the Broadwater Advisory Group and some brilliant volunteers.
Chepstow Local Park gained its first Green Flag in 2007. It offers play areas for all ages, a woodland walk, a pond area, football goals, pleasant walks and has been home to some stunning wild flower displays over the last three years thanks to local school children.
Church Litten Park
In a busy town it offers peace for watching the world go by and space for contemplation. Sited over an enormous plague burial pit it honours the past by giving to the present and offers hope for the future. Benches allows the infirm to sit in comfort. Swings for infants.
Claygate Recreation Ground
A hive of activity throughout the year. Sport is offered to all ages, football and cricket amongst others and opportunity to stroll and relax. Claygate flower and village show is a highlight as well as the annual 5 mile run not forgetting the pavilion cafe. Please vote for us.
Dormansland Recreation Ground
It offers a wonderful space for people to do whatever activities they want - it is not too manicured and is a great asset to our village.
It's local to me and the town. It's a beautiful space. The Park staff and Friends keep it looking lovely in all weathers. It has 'secret' areas for children, lovely walks, places to sit and relax, a boating lake and a super café. A real haven in a busy world.
Easthill Park is small in size but big in nature. From its wildflower haven to its wonderful walled garden it transforms as you walk around. A wild gym for the energetic, a castle for the young or a bench for contemplating. It's a public space for everyone... a great park.
It has a lovely area dedicated to nature and wildlife, yet also has a bandstand, a rose garden, a picnic area, a selection of mature trees and it is just lovely to walk through!
The park is a remarkable survivor being originally the hunting park for the Bishop of Winchester. It retains a wonderful open character yet is well used for recreation by many residents of the town and other areas in the locality.
Well this is simply the best park in Eastbourne. The Friends have raised over £100,000 over last 10 years to help the Council improve the facilities and are organising events for the whole community as we speak.
Centrally located, Horsham Park is a fully inclusive park for residents and visitors alike. Able bodied or disabled, people come here to relax or participate in activities, it offers something for everyone. Beautifully maintained with an ever evolving, forward thinking scope of, it's the focus point for community use.
Old Town Recreation Ground
Friends of the Old Town Recreation Park have planted hundreds of wild flowers along the sides of the park. There is a children's play ground with the usual swings etc. Football Fields, Tennis Courts. Areas for picnics. We have Fete's during Summer, and a special area for quietly sitting.
Preston Park Rockery
A vibrant mix of horticulture, wildlife and beautiful landscaping make the largest municipal rock garden in the UK, a truly magical experience. Waterfalls, winding paths and a stunning range of trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants make this garden truly unique.
Priory Park (Chichester)
Priory Park is the city of Chichester's 'village green', noted for its rich heritage, its cricket and bowling clubs, its open space and calm ambience, and as a safe place for children to play – living proof of the social benefits offered by green spaces.
Priory Park (Reigate)
Priory Park in Reigate is a fantastic park with lots of facilities - football, tennis, skatepark, formal gardens, playground, croquet lawn, table tennis, woodland and lake. It brings people from all over the area to enjoy it and has something for everyone.
Redhill Memorial Park
A great pocket park in the heart of Redhill. Lovely for a lunch break or just visit the cafe. Nice and open views and you can enjoy the world passing by.
South Hill Park
South Hill Park is cared for not only by the council but a large number of volunteers. With a vibrant art centre at its heart, it is a place for relaxation, entertainment and time with friends and family. It is one of the main reasons I moved to Bracknell.
Its not the biggest or the prettiest but its a central part of the community around it. Over 100 years old, its one of the busiest parks in Hove and is perfect for young and old alike.
Tadley Common is lowland heathland consisting of heather and gorse scrub, home to much flora and fauna. The Common is made up of a mix of open space, a SSSI area with cattle freely grazing, play areas and fitness equipment. The Common has been described as the lungs of Tadley!
Lake, trees, grass, activities and animals - beautifully maintained and FREE. The emphasis is always on nature and wildlife.
An amazing mix of leisure, water, walks and wildlife. Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Over one million visitors a year take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages.
Windlesham Field of Remembrance
The Field of Remembrance is a stunning retreat in the centre of Windlesham with 18 acres of woodland and open spaces. It's owned by the villagers and managed by volunteer trustees. It offers nature and wildlife, wonderful woodland walks, a playpark, cricket and football. Literally something for everyone.