Record-breaking 73,349 votes decide the nation’s favourite parks and show how much people #LoveParks.
Today, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy have announced the People’s Choice ten favourite UK parks, including the Millennium Country Park in Marston Moretaine.
This year, they awarded a record-breaking 1,799 Green Flag Awards to the best-managed parks and green spaces. To find the best of the best, they asked the public to vote for their favourite parks, which they did in record numbers.
The ten winners are spread across England, Scotland and Wales, including large and small sites, traditional parks and wild unusual spaces. Some of the winners are run by councils, others are managed by community groups and one is a university campus.
Head Ranger for the Park, Anna Charles said: “It’s an honour to be in the Top 10 Parks once, let alone 6 times in a row. A big thank you should go to our team of volunteers who help us maintain the Park with a staff team of only 2.5 rangers! And thank you to everyone who voted for us – we really appreciate it!”
International Green Flag Award Manager Paul Todd said: “Following the success of this summer’s #LoveParks Week, the record number of votes for the People’s Choice Awards – more than double the number received last year – shows how much their favourite green spaces mean to people.”
The 2017 People’s Choice Award-winning parks (in alphabetical order) are:
Arlington Square Gardens - Arlington Association
Cassiobury Park - Watford Borough Council
Clifton Park - Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Margam Park - Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Millennium Country Park - Forest of Marston Vale Trust
Saltwell Park - Gateshead Council
Strathaven Park - South Lanarkshire Council
The Wilderness Lake - Porthcawl Bridgend County Borough Council
Warley Woods - Warley Woods Community Trust
Whiteknights - University of Reading