Abington Park in Northampton has been shortlisted for the award as the UK’s best park.
The beauty spot is in the running for an award as the UK’s Best Park in a new award programme by national charity Fields in Trust.
Abington Park, which already has a Green Flag award - is one of the most popular parks in town.
Alan Bottwood, Councillor for Environment, said: “Abington Park is one of Northampton’s most popular parks and we are delighted that it has been shortlisted for an award as the UK’s Best Park.
“The park has many features to attract visitors including Abington Park Museum, sports facilities, a cafe, flower displays and lakes. It also boasts some spectacular scenery and is wonderful to walk around and any time of year.”
Fields in Trust’s annual awards ceremony in December celebrates the great work being done in parks and playgrounds across the UK.
This year the awards will feature a special category ‘UK’s Best Park’ that will be entirely voted for by the public.
The awards vote follows publication of Field in Trust’s national survey which shows nearly one in five people say that their local park or green space is currently, or has previously been, under threat of being lost or built on.
Nearly all agree that parks and play areas should be protected from development and 82% feel so strongly that they would be motivated to campaign against a park loss.
Two thirds of people surveyed (69%) state that the loss of parks would be detrimental to children’s development and half of respondents admitted that they would be less active if their local green space was lost. Almost a quarter of people (24%) use their local park at least twice a week.
Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said: “Our research shows that the nation’s parks and green spaces are places to enjoy life experiences, with many of those surveyed saying that’s where they taught their grandchildren to cycle, had their first kiss or reached a personal sporting milestone. Some people have even experienced or witnessed a marriage proposal! Our awards help recognise the role that our parks play in our communities, bringing people together and creating a safe outdoor environment that everyone should be entitled to. As Fields in Trust celebrates its 90th year we invite all park users to vote for their favourite green space.”
Voting is now open - for more information and to cast your vote please visit the Fields in Trust website