The Best Park

Mid and East Antrim Borough joins search for UK’s best park

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Marine Gardens Carrickfergus

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.

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Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne

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.

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People’s Park, Ballymena

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.

 

Highway To Health

“Highway to Health is a simple and innovative scheme which aims to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health. It uses attractive pole signs at one-kilometer intervals on an established route.”

 Every adult in Northern Ireland should accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.

Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of heart disease and stroke in the western world. Taking regular exercise is one effective method of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Highway to Health Whitehead: This seaside walk goes from the Yacht Club to the split in the paths just beyond Sunshine House. It measures exactly 2 Kms and is marked both at Kms and half Kms. Due to its “there and back” format walkers are offered measured walks ranging from one to four kilometres.

There are 70 main Highway to Health walks located across Northern Ireland, for you to choose from. The Highway to Health routes are supported by NICHS and the local councils. Details of all Highway to Health walking routes including route descriptions, images and downloadable maps can be found on WalkNI.com

 People who have not been taking regular exercise should start slowly and gradually build up to 30 minutes per day. It may be advisable to consult your doctor if you have any history of cardiovascular disease in the family or if you are overweight. It is important in these instances that you begin with gentle exercise, moving to a brisker pace in time.”