UK's Best Park - South West
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Think that your local park 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 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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Abbotsbury Recreation Field
A superb park, with a spectacular view and a wonderful nature trail. Sublime for the whole family.
Apex Wildlife & Leisure Park
Consisting of 42 acres, Apex Park in Highbridge features a fishing & boating lake, state of the art play facilities, a skate park, wild flower meadows and a Green Flag Award for the tenth consecutive year. It boasts the highest standards of management, high environmental practices and general excellence.
It's a beautiful location with fantastic views, beautiful flower beds and a family friendly location for picnics, ice creams and fish and chips.
Barnwood Park and Arboretum is enjoyed by the community where they can see the wildlife and pond in the Arboretum, walk through park enjoying trees and flowers, rest on a carved tree, picnic by the brook watching the ducks or kick a ball on the balancing pond. All is spectacular.
The new Play Park is fantastic for a wide range of age groups of children. Generations of Truronians have learnt to ride their bikes in the Park. The flower beds are stunning.
Central Park (Plymouth)
Plymouth’s Central Park, located centrally within the city is a spacious park for walking and running with views of the sea from areas within the park. It has all of the traditional park facilities, such as a large children’s play-area, as well as a skate park and foot golf.
Not the biggest of parks but running alongside the River Avon with a small carrier running through, it has a children's play area, skate park, basketball/football court and adult gym machines. Most important though it has parkrun!
A lovely area that has it all. Wildlife check, lakes check, green space to run around check, velopark check, great for all the family and can spend the whole day there! A wonderful friends group that is making the site even more spectacular!
Coronation Park (Bridgwater)
Revamped in 2016 with junior and toddler play areas, a dog agility 'bark park', outdoor gym, basketball court and 5-a-side football pitch. The park had a £230k investment to replace all play and sport equipment and opened with a family fun day attended by 400 people.
Creech St Michael Recreation Park
A great green space that brings the community together with play equipment for a wide age group, model train rides, football pitches and our award winning Party in the Park event in the summer. A great outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy.
Dave Pullen Recreation Field
In the village of Copplestone is a new Recreation Field with beautiful views over mid Devon. This open green space of the Recreation Field is well maintained and is used by the village for picnics and to relax in. Check it out sometime!
Freeman Field is quite simply the heart of our village. It is where we gather to play and celebrate. It can be a hive of activity or an oasis of calm. Both are invaluable to our community cohesion. It is quite simply the metaphorical sun in our village universe.
Ilsington Playing Fields
Ilsington Playing Fields is the centre of our great local community and brings everyone together! I learnt to play both tennis and football here and have been using the brilliant facilities for over 20 years. Home to my football team Ilsington Villa FC, a bowls club and a new netball club!
King George V Playing Field (Nailsworth)
Nailsworth's King George V field is more than a pitch and some gym equipment, it's a stepping stone to greater things. No wonder it was the playground of Olympic gold medalist Pete Reed! New improvements funded by a FIT grant will inspire a new generation to be their best, just like Pete.
Even better this year as a huge new children's play area has been installed.
Trowbridge Town Park
Central to town centre, large green and tree areas, War Memorial, childrens safety play area, tennis courts, bowling greens, crazy golf, sensory gardens, seniors club facilities, bandstand, lake, café and shop, public toilets. Greatly used by all generations.
Victoria Park (Bideford)
It has everything for young and old and all abilities/disabilities, it is full of fun things and space, has a pool, fort, swings, coffee/tea shop, ice cream shop. It is beautifully mantained and has flowers and shrubs that are changed with the season. Beautiful railings just being errected. A must visit park.
Victoria Park (Chelston)
Victoria Park is a glorious public park with lots of play and quiet spaces. It’s a real community hub, with a local friends group carrying out activities as well as organising fun days and events in the park for the whole community, enjoyed by residents and tourists all year round.
Westacott Park is the heart of our community - it is the only green space which is left, it is used 24/7 by familys, dog walkers, childminders, elderly, disabled, stroke & running club and footballers. Our school use it for forest day & sports. Our community stopped a road destroying the park.