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People who love Gedling Country Park have nominated it as the best in the UK

Gedling Country Park is in the running for the title ‘UK’s Best Park 2019’ after being nominated by people who love to visit there.

The popular green space has been nominated by local people for a national award organised by park charity, Fields in Trust.

Gedling Country Park is one of 364 green spaces up for the public vote – and one of 17 up for the award in the East Midlands.

People can vote for the park at until noon on Monday, August 19.

Chairman of Friends of Gedling Country Park, Terry Lock thinks the popular venue has a good chance of scooping the award.

He said: “The park is four-and-a-half years old and has already become a firm favourite with people for its great views and wildlife.  The Friends of Gedling Country Park are justifiably proud of the area and feel that this is simply the Jewel in the crown of Nottinghamshire’s parks

Award organisers Fields in Trust is a UK-wide charity that legally protects parks and green spaces in perpetuity.

The charity’s chief executive Helen Griffiths said: “Our parks and green spaces are a vital part of UK community infrastructure.

“We know that they provide benefits to the physical health, mental wellbeing and community connections for people that use them, so we are delighted to see a record number of nominations for the UK’s Best Park award and it is encouraging to see so many people organising picnics with neighbours to celebrate how much they love their local park. 

“Fields in Trust is committed to protecting these valuable and much-loved parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy.”

Nominations for UK’s Best Park 2019 include small community gardens and large nature reserves, sports fields and playgrounds; each green space valued by its community and nominated by the regular park users who love to walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic and play with their children in the UK’s parks.

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At the conclusion of voting the park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted with the UK’s Best Park 2019 announced in mid-September. 

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