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.
It’s time to measure your sunflower! Entrants aged 15 and under should measure the size of their sunflower during the last week of August using a metric tape measure and complete the entry form, and return by the 1st September to: Carrickfergus in Bloom, Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus. Application forms are available from Council buildings, local press or can be downloaded at: www.carrickfergusinbloom.org/sunflower.htm
Outdoor Theatre – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Friday 28th August
On Friday 28th August 2015 in Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus. Gates open 6.30pm, show starts 7.30pm. Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems four young, unsuspecting, lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens…. Admission is FREE but entry is strictly on a first come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Link: http://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/events/outdoor-theatre-a-midsummer-nights-dream
Teddy Bears Picnic, Carrickfergus – Monday 31st August
If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise… the annual and always very popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic returns to Marine Gardens on Monday 31st August 2015 from 12 to 4pm. The event features an abundance of teddy bear- themed entertainment for all of the family! Particularly aimed at pre-school and primary school children. FREE Event. Link: http://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/events/teddy-bears-picnic-carrickfergus
This annual competition has been arranged to encourage our younger gardening enthusiasts to actively assist in Carrickfergus’s entry to the Translink ‘Ulster in Bloom’ Competition. Entrants aged 15 and under should measure the size of their sunflower during the last week of August using a metric tape measure and complete the entry form, and return by the 1st September to: Carrickfergus in Bloom, Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus. Application forms are available from Council buildings, local press or can be downloaded at: www.carrickfergusinbloom.org/sunflower.htm
Carrickfergus in Bloom Painting and Poetry Competitions
You might also be interested in our Carrickfergus in Bloom Painting and Poetry competitions. This annual competition has been arranged to encourage the Borough’s younger citizens to actively assist in our Ulster in Bloom campaign. The competition is open to all those aged 15 and under. Application forms are available from Council buildings, local press or can be downloaded atwww.carrickfergusinbloom.org/cib_paint_leaflet.pdf