UK's Best Park - Yorkshire and the Humber
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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 Yorkshire and the Humber 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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Bebra Gardens is a hidden gem close to Knaresborough Castle. It is located on a steep slope with meandering pathways leading through mature trees, conifers and well maintained shrub beds. There is a paddling pool throughout summer. It is maintained by Harrogate Borough Council and Friends of Bebra Gardens.
The park is part of a 19th century parkland incorporating medieval ridge and furrow. It is beautiful, with lovely trees, woods and views, a playground and tennis courts. It is a relaxing space well used by local people, dog-walkers, and university students, and is great for wildlife. We love it!
Cannon Hall Park and Gardens
A beautiful, natural area of open space with extensive views over the local village and countryside. Well tended areas of flowers and shrubs and an historic walled garden containing rare varieties of pears grown in the espalier method. Free entrance also includes entrance to the magnificent house. Something for everyone.
Well used/loved local park with activities and events for all ages. Local cafe, playground, parkour, ducks, streams, woods and stepping stones!
Golden Acre Park
Lovely woodland walks with well kept paths through the trees. Great cafe, good dog walks. No playground so encourages a wider mix of people. Lovely lake and wildlife. Plenty of picnic areas which my kids loved when they were younger. Good history to old theme park.
This park is lovely to walk through, the displays are wonderful. Also has a fantastic play area designed for disabled and all ages of children. Took my children there, now enjoying it with my grand children. A delightful resource for community.
Knaresborough Castle Gardens
In a breath-taking location on a green clifftop with dramatic river views These gardens include the castle; a ruined fortress from medieval times, along with a war memorial, putting green and bowls, space to picnic and play, formal flowering borders and a program of family friendly events throughout the year.
Has everything for all ages. Childrens play area, tennis courts, crown green bowling, cricket pitch, football pitches. Fields for children to run around. Woods to walk through, pond. Miniature railway giving free rides. Absolutely perfect.
I choose this park because its close to my house and also it has a kids area which is always clean and a big grass area where you can play sports or have a picnic.
Ripon Spa Gardens
A beautiful park in the heart of Ripon; recognised and awarded annually since 2001 the Green Flag for its high quality maintenance and facilities. Highlights include a bandstand, war memorial, Alice in Wonderland themed carvings, the Sun Parlour café and games in park facilities across the road in Spa Park.
Rounday Park has something for everyone. A lake for the canoe and rowing clubs, football and cricket pitches, bowling green and cycle track, woodland paths for runners, cyclists and dog walkers, open areas for picnics and games, colourful flower beds to admire and Tropical World a small animal zoo.
Sandringham Park in Wetherby is a park for the people and mostly maintained by the people who are all volunteers. Our work on the ecology and enhancing the playing areas and community working has earned our park 5 Green Flag Awards, also a gold and outstanding in 2016 Yorkshire in Bloom awards.
A stunning 17-acre English Heritage grade II listed garden in central Harrogate. Highlights include a formal flower gardens, children's play area, paddling pool, children’s boating lake, skate park, tennis courts, outdoor games, café, space for picnics, frisbee and football and family friendly events including Sunday band concerts throughout the summer.
A beautiful green space that is used and loved by every age group. New area, fishing, sailing and model boats alongside views of planes taking off and landing; making Yeadon Tarn totally unique.