Mid and East Antrim Borough joins search for UK’s best park
A nationwide search to find the country’s favourite local green space, as nominated and selected by public vote, has just started. The national charity, Fields in Trust has launched the campaign to find the UK’s Best Park.
This unique award, as voted by the general public, is open to all public green spaces across the UK through a simple online nomination at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark.
Launching the awards, former England international footballer, Graeme Le Saux, said: “The Fields in Trust’s annual awards are a fantastic way for us to recognise the organisations and individuals who help make our parks, playgrounds and playing fields the best they can be. “I was very fortunate that growing up in Jersey I had a huge amount of access to outdoor spaces and it was something I really appreciated as a youngster, not just because I wanted to be a football player but also because I was able to spend time outdoors with my friends. I understand the importance of these spaces and the opportunities they provide for our communities.
It might be that a local park is ideal for a Sunday afternoon stroll, or a neighbourhood playground is a hive of activity for children, or a nature reserve provides a stress-free space to relax. Either way, this is a chance to get everyone’s favourite space the recognition it deserves.”
Three of Mid and East Antrim Borough’s parks are in the running for the UK’s Best Park Award:
- Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne,
- Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus and
- The People’s Park, Ballymena.
All residents are encouraged to show what these green spaces mean to them and to cast their vote at nomination at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark. Voting has already opened for the nominated parks. The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will then be shortlisted.
Nominators will be invited to attend the prestigious Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 30th November where the ‘UK’s Best Park- as voted by YOU! 2016’ will be named.