UK's Best Park - West Midlands
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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 West Midlands 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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Recognised as one of the area's most outstanding parks with a wealth of fitness equipment, multi use games area, traditional bedding, children's play areas, pond, 9 hole pitch and putt course and cafe; there is always something worth visiting. Active Friends Group involvement for volunteering.
Boldmere Gate, part of Sutton Park, is spectacular and has been used since the 9th century. It is used by countless families for exercise, activities and even theatre performances. The lake and forest contain a wealth of wildlife whilst the play area is perfect for children.
The park is kept immaculate and is used by all ages. There are always people in the park at all different times of the day. Lots of dog walkers who are friendly and responsible. Children love the splash pad in the summer.
A beautifully looked after, family friendly space in the centre of town. Well used, well loved by all the community. Love the events - theatre, exhibitions, music.
Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park has a wonderful all year round display of flower beds and a wide variety of shrubs which is much appreciated by the people of Birmingham. It also provides a wide variety of entertainment for the younger generation.
Church Stretton Town Park
Set in an area of outstanding beauty Church Stretton Town Park offers a traditional setting with bowls, tennis, croquet lawns available for public to access. Ramblers use the flower decked park, located near a typically quaint rural railway station, with play areas famous for the Malcolm Saville Children adventure novels.
Droitwich Spa Lido Park
Something for everyone, well used and always beautifully kept. No matter what time of day there are always people using the facilities. Excellent playground.
An outstanding park with a wealth of fitness equipment, multi use games area, traditional bedding, children's play areas, paddling pool, natural play, recently restored clock tower and bandstand; there is always something worth visiting. Active Friends Group involvement for volunteering.
Green space, near city centre, near river, kids splashpad, tennis courts, bandstand, environmental centre building and cafe with geo-thermal heating, WWI Memorial Arch & charity housing built originally for disabled servicemen & their families; relics of old Victorian water treatment plant. It has everything; acres of pleasant, relaxing recreational space.
With open spaces and a number of maturing trees, a well cared for place for everyone at the heart of the community. There are picnic tables, bench seats, a small football pitch, a multi games area, and new play areas for children of all ages. Accessible to all, including wheelchairs.
An outstanding Victorian park in the inner city which has a cricket pitch, leisure centre, boating lake, cafe, children's play area, band stand and community centre. The park is well kept with hundreds of mature trees and lots of events, sports and activities to keep everyone happy.
King George's Field (Barford)
It has been brought to life as the vibrant hub of our village. Funded, developed, managed by the community it has "been brought back to life" to a place for anyone to sit, ride, play sport, engage in children's activities or simply visit and meet friends.
Little Aston Recreation Ground
The park is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. The park caters for all age ranges. The children's play area is one of the best in the country. There are walkers, dog walkers, joggers and people keeping fit on the many different types of exercise equipment.
It is a haven of peace and quiet, most of the time. Free admittance. Organic fruit and vegetables, (and honey) to buy. Always a cup of tea or coffee if wanted. Plants for sale. A secret sanctuary.
Sensory garden, children's play area, seated ampitheatre, two ball courts, lighting, shelters with integrated radio, network of paths, outdoor fitness equipment, playing fields, horticultural improvements, wildflower meadow areas, car park, toilet, parks clock, play facilities for all ages, BMX track through the woods, woodland area.
Priory Park (Warwick)
In a highly polluted area the park has many ancient trees to help clean the air. Site of a former Priory rebuilt in the USA the park has a fascinating history as well as a natural habitat for wildlife. Much loved by locals.
The Quarry Park is a perfect example of a great park. It is an integral part of the town of Shrewsbury, it is extremely multi functional - providing everything from quiet relaxation, horticultural excellence through to hosting large entertainment events.
Queenswood Arboretum & Country Park
Queenswood truly is the green heart of Herefordshire. It's the most accessible green space in the county with tons for children to do, surfaced paths for the less mobile but enough space to still get lost in the woods! Plus the autumn colour!
It is Kidderminster's hidden gem, woodland, pool, play areas, bordered by canal, sports pitches, woodland garden, health trail, wood sculptures, and a wonderful volunteer 'Friends' group.
Telford Town Park
Telford Town Park is about to get even better with the restoration of its musical fountain and waterfall. Not only is there literally something for all ages and interests, as witnessed by the large number of varied events held but even more are planned for 2017!
This park is so beautiful, you can go down to the river Teme and feed the ducks, plenty of benches to sit and take it all in. The play area for the kids is great, always so clean, litter free and well maintained. Its just a beautiful park to visit.
The park has been transformed since the near £5 million Heritage Lottery bid. It has taken a few years to complete but it is definitely the jewel in Walsall's crown. A truly magnificent park that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands and will be for generations to come.
War Memorial Park
Wonderful park for a walk something for every age stunning trees and gardens and the most lovely tea room for tea and cake. The park is fantastic for the little folks, lots of room for fast walkers, slow joggers and fast runners not to mention the rugby and football fanatics.
Wednesfield Park is a district Park that serves the local communities of the north east of the city. The land was acquired in 1925 to build the park adjacent to the King George V Playing Field.
Recognised as one of the area's most outstanding parks with a wealth of fitness equipment, tennis courts, children's play areas, traditional bandstand, conservatory, lakes and chalet tearooms; there is always something worth visiting. Active Friends Group involvement for volunteering.
Worcester Woods Country Park
It has something for everyone, children old & young, new mums, grandparents, people wanting a place to exercise, & dog owners. With enchanting ancient woodland, pretty wildflower meadows, 2 adventure play areas, large field, picnic area, toilets, & a café serving seasonal local produce & delicious homemade cakes, visiting is always enjoyable.