UK's Best Park - South West
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Think that your local park 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 South 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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Alum Chine Play Park
Just been redeveloped to further amuse the kids, the park is in a stunning location feet from the seven mile beach! It is extremely close to sustainable bus services, and only a 10 minute walk from the beautiful Westbourne Centre.
Dog and child friendly. Fishing jetties, fitness machines, skateboard and BMX racing, children's swings, play area, toilets, Cafe. Lots of wildlife, lots of dog bins. Close to Holiday Park, beach, estuary and Yacht Club. Model sailing club. 250 runners on Saturday mornings. Lots of seats and picnic tables. Free car park.
Primarily provides fresh air for health and wellbeing from the wide parklands offering space and freedom for any and all outdoor activities. The beauty of open skies and the huge variety of trees lift and enchant. There are also several places for eating drinking and much smiling. I love it.
Barnwood Park and Arboretum
An oasis in a residential area. Offering so much with running water, beautiful trees, wild flowers, insects and birds buzzing and sometimes cattle or sheep grazing. Enjoyed by young and old alike and many workers during their lunch break. Supported by a dedicated Friends Group. A wonderful asset to Barnwood.
The best example of a Green Flag Victorian Park in the South West with a mill and located central to a South West in Bloom Gold Award winning town, Ilfracombe. A beautiful relaxing place.
Blaise Castle Estate
It has beautiful and peaceful woodland walks alongside well-appointed play parks and serves Bristol well. A popular location where families gather for the day - its grass areas resemble a beach in high Summer! A perfect Forest Park - my favourite retreat.
Brandon Hill Park
This park offers everything, formal gardens and beautiful trees but also wildlife and a nature reserve, superb views from the top of the hill - a peaceful oasis within the town centre.
It's the cultural diversity of Churchill Gardens which brings about compassion and understanding of the residents and patrons, to such a stuningly beautiful and vibrant park. Brimming with life all year round, the majestic trees surround a area of enjoyed shared space.
This park was created on a local rubbish tip in the 1970s. It is now a natural oasis of lakes, woodland, heath and playing fields used by many local residents and visitors. A true asset to the area.
An urban park in a small town home to Shepton Mallet parkrun, Collett Park music festival, a lovely little cafe a duck pond. It's the base for running clubs and children to play. It is the jewel in the crown of Mendip parks and we all love it dearly.
Dame Emily Park
Dame Emily Park Project is great for all age groups as there is a skater area, community garden, youth Café, playground and many trees for dog walkers.
I have lived by the park since 1957, with my brother and family. I have seen many changes over the years and am delighted how it has blossomed for the community. Its a centre of fun, activity, quiet, and togetherness. It's beautiful in every season and enjoyed by all.
This inner city park running adjacent to the busy M32 is a wildlife haven, an area of beauty and tranquility. It iprovides a natural corridor between Eastville and Frenchay. The park is used by the diverse local community for festivals, family picnics and sport activities.
Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve
Hengistbury Head is headland overlooking the English Channel and Christchurch Harbour with views across to the Isle Wight and the Purbeck Hills. It's crammed with nature and things to do for everyone and is designated nationally for it's wildlife, habitats and archaeology. The cafes and visitor centre are wonderful.
King George V Playing Field (Cleeve)
This field is maintained to the highest standards for multiple sports (cricket, football and tennis) and has an excellent fenced safe children’s play area, activities wall and seating. It’s a credit to the village and well used.
I think Kingsgate Park is a lovely park set in beautiful grounds with a lake, children's play area and for walking. Sitting by the lake and watching the wildlife is very peaceful and relaxing. It can also be a lively venue for music festivals and serves all age groups.
A SSSI site with both wet and dry heath this area also has 2 bronze age barrows. The LNR has a wide range of habitats including woods and open grass area with a playground for locals - making it a multi-purpose site for all to enjoy. Cattle are grazed during the summer.
Millham's has a mix of open meadows, riverside paths and contains some of the oldest woodland in Bournemouth. A wide variety of recreational uses include fishing, walks, dog walking, wildlife watching, cycling and horse riding making it a hidden gem. Open access to all and something for all ages.
Ninesprings Country Park
It is great for everyone. It has a hilly area, a flat area, a watery area, a children's playground, a wooded area. Traffic free access to other great walking areas, and picnic area plus a cycling route and easy access to town and residential areas. I love it.
Norman Scott Park
Three foootball pitches, cricket pitch and children's play area with a special section for disabled children. Two picnic areas and a skate park area with floodlights. Leisure and sports facilities for the community for all ages. Beautifully maintained with lots of benches and kept very clean and tidy. A lovely place to be.
This is beautiful open space in Knowle has a stunning view of Bristol, which is not usually seen. It is little-known to people who do not live in the area. There is increasingly less space in this area so Northern Slopes needs love and respect.
A fantastic green space within walking distance of Cheltenham Town Centre. It has everything, a wild area, a formal Regency area, two lakes, golf course, orienteering, skateboarding, tennis, boating and dog walking heaven, angling, three cafes toilets. Green Flag and Green Heritage awards.
Plymouth Hoe Park
Plymouth Hoe is not only beautiful, but it is a historic landmark that has stood proud through the centuries, keeping guard over The Sound. It is a place where all the people of Plymouth get together to celebrate and have fun. It is timeless and steadfast.
It's beautiful, has a lake, café, childrens play area, watersports, swans and geese as wildlife and lots of green fields! It's a lovely calming place to be and they host amazing events all across the year! Even a land train!
Redcatch Park is the heart of our local community in Knowle. It is a busy yet peaceful space. Football is played, children enjoy the enclosed play area and dog walkers chatter whilst walking the tree lined perimeter. Redcatch Community Garden with its scrumptious cafe tops it off as being perfect.
A small LNR that is brimming with wildlife - butterflies and dragonflies are seen flying over the heather in summer, common lizards and slow worms dart in and out. A great dog walking space with benches to sit and enjoy nature. Children can play and discover the amazing wildlife living there.
Rock Park is a lovely area for all ages. It as a playgroud, three football pitches, a skate park and plenty of space for picnics. It is accessible from five entrances and the main entrance has a lovely view of the War Memorial and plants.
Our local park has a wonderful mix of things to do. It has everything from play equipment to a fairy garden. It is an oasis away from busy day to day life where my son can play happily and I can be sure he is happy and safe.
I love the variety of activities (velodrome, skatepark, dog training area, wildlife pond, veg garden, pitches, woods) and the softening of this potentially harsh landscape with gorgeous wild & sun flower planting throughout summer and autumn. It's a great place for true diversity and inclusion of everyone and every need.
St Michael's Park
St Michael's Park is wonderful. My grandchildren would rather go there than anywhere else. It has two playgrounds, a mini golf, a boules pitch, tennis and a recent addition a lovely cafe. It is always tidy and no litter. Lots of places to hide and climb and run and no dogs!
Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve
The Stour Valley has recently opened a Visitor Centre (2016) which has worked to re-connect both children and locals to the wonder of nature and the health benefits of being outdoors. With otters and kingfishers seen regularly along the river it is an amazing space for all users to enjoy.
The Byes Riverside Park
Beautiful trees, pretty bridges over the river, children paddle in the shallows, kingfishers, dippers. A wildflower meadow, a massive tree felled in a storm cut to make benches, dog walkers paradise, wild garlic, bluebells in the Spring. Wild enough to truly reflect nature, but accessible to the old and infirm.
Natural meadowlands, in the heart of a town and within its natural river valley, with the river running through it. Plenty of large mature trees that will have grown up over time since before the area was designated as 'public open space'.
Trowbridge Park is a beautiful green space in the centre of the town. Always well kept and tidy, it offers play areas for children, sports facilities, places to sit and chill, a sensory garden, tree lined walks and cafes. The bandstand and war memorial are neat and tidy. Great place.
One of our SSSI sites, home to the rare sand lizards, adders and the Dartford warbler. A fantastic example of the heathlands that once was spread across Bournemouth, a very unique space surrounded by residential units that gives locals a beautiful green space to enjoy.
Upton Country Park
Beautiful whatever time of year. Community minded and hosts many events. Caters for all ages from bowls to play areas for children. Has wildlife preservation areas sea and country. We are so lucky to have nearby. Gardens are fantastic. Walks and cycling brilliant. Please support this place.
It's a fabulous park, with lots of trees, green areas and a couple of kids play areas. In the summer you can find families picnicking, lots of dog walker and even the odd yoga or fitness goer enjoying the facilities. It has something for everyone!
A small park, nothing special compared to others but a vital, well loved and well used part of our community. Now under threat from big bad developers. Our only green space.