This summer's UK's Best Park award has seen all-time high numbers of nominations and a record votes tally, with 36,832 park users casting votes to help decide the winner of the UK's Best Park 2019.
In the East of England, you nominated 37 local parks and green spaces which are special to you. These nominations were then championed by park users, communities, Friends of groups, landowners and elected representatives as part of the public vote.
Following close of voting, we are delighted to be able to reveal the overall winner for the East of England region, as well as the parks which your votes mean have received "Much Loved" status. Each will receive a certificate recognising your support, whilst the regional winner joins the shortlist for the title of England's Best Park. The winners and "Much Loved" spaces in the other nations and regions will be announced day-by-day. Make sure you're following @FieldsInTrust on social media to keep right up to date with the winners!
Radford Crescent, Billericay, Essex
Described by its nominator as: "Our amazing forty-acre park is visited daily by hundreds of people of all ages, who value the peace, green spaces, mature trees, lake, statues, and sports. Our Friends group cares for the gardens, runs events, installs exciting projects and promotes wildlife in the ancient woodland, flower meadow and conservation areas."
Lake Meadows was one of thirteen spaces in the East of England which placed within the top 20% of all nominations nationally in voting for UK's Best Park 2019. Each of these spaces receives "Much Loved" status, recognising the support they have received this summer from those who use and love them. The other twelve "Much Loved" spaces in the East of England are:
Ferry Meadows Country Park
Hadleigh Country Park
Halstead Public Gardens
Leavesden Country Park
Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire
Manford Way Park
Milton Country Park
King's Lynn, Norfolk
Wigmore Valley Park
This Summer of Parks you've been showing love for your local parks in unprecedented numbers. From a record-breaking Have a Field Day to the biggest UK's Best Park award yet, it is clear how much we all love our local parks. Each "Much Loved" park will receive a certificate denoting its status - we will be in touch with the landowner to arrange delivery of this certificate and discuss celebrations for the newly conferred status. The park's nominator for UK's Best Park 2019 will also receive acknowledgement that their favourite local green space is amongst the nation's favourites.
Our Summer of Parks will conclude on Thursday 12th September with the announcement of the UK's Best Park 2019. This day is also an opportunity to champion those parks to receive "Much Loved" status with their new certificates, as well as celebrate all parks and green spaces across the country which are special in their own ways to those who use and love them.
The Green Space Index is Fields in Trust's barometer of publicly accessible park and green space provision. Our Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research demonstrates that these spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits. We believe that green spaces are good, do good and need to be protected for good.
In the East of England, the Green Space Index finds:
of total green space provision in the East of England
of green space provision per person in the East of England
not living within a ten-minute walk of a green space
of legally protected green space provision in the East of England
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.
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Image of Christchurch Park with thanks to Rajashree Talukdar.