The Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, 2019 is now open for a public vote to select the nation’s favourite local park. A total of 364 public nominations for parks and green spaces across the UK have been made – and 24 of these are in the West Midlands, each one a much-loved part of its local community.
Now it is time to choose the winners via an online public vote at www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park/west-midlands until noon on Monday 19th August.
Councillor Carolyn Healy, Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy said “We are so proud of the continued development and investment into Telford Town Park”.
“Telford Town Park has so much to offer amongst the many hectares of land and nature, including activities such as Sky Reach high ropes, adventure golf and various play areas.”
“The staff and Friends of Telford Town Park work so hard to maintain the facilities for members of the public to enjoy. We hope that everyone who uses the park will take the time to vote for it as the UK’s Best Park 2019.”
Fields in Trust is a UK-wide charity that legally protects parks and green spaces in perpetuity. The UK’s Best Park Award recognises the role that parks play in our communities, supporting mental and physical health and bringing people together.
The charity is concerned that many parks and green spaces are under threat and are at risk of being lost to development or a cycle of decline and disappearance. Last month Fields in Trust published research which revealed that over 2.5 million people across Great Britain live more than ten-minutes’ walk from a park or green space and the West Midlands region has more than 255,000 people whose nearest green space is more than 10-minutes-walk from home.
Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said: “Our parks and green spaces are a vital part of UK community infrastructure. We know that they provide benefits to the physical health, mental wellbeing and community connections for people that use them, so we are delighted to see a record number of nominations for the UK’s Best Park award and it is encouraging to see so many people organising picnics with neighbours to celebrate how much they love their local park.”
“Fields in Trust is committed to protecting these valuable and much-loved parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy.”
Nominations for UK’s Best Park 2019 include small community gardens and large nature reserves, sports fields and playgrounds; each green space valued by its community and nominated by the regular park users who love to walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic and play with their children in the UK’s parks.
At the conclusion of voting the park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted with the UK’s Best Park 2019 announced in mid-September.