Gedling MP Vernon Coaker and leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke are calling on local in the area to back a bid to get a local country park named as the best green space in the UK.
Gedling Country Park has been nominated for the UK’s Best Park award and the Gedling leaders are reminding people they can vote for the green space in the UK-wide competition organised by green space charity, Fields in Trust.
A total of 364 public nominations for parks and green spaces across the UK have been made – and 17 of these are in the East Midlands region – each one a much-loved part of its local community.
People can vote for their favourite park online at www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park/east-midlands until noon on Monday, August 19.
Vernon Coaker MP said “Gedling Country Park is not only an exceptional place for the whole community, it has a rich variety and diversity of wildlife. It has maintained strong connections to the local mining heritage and history which is very important to people.
“It has something for everyone, providing a retreat for many, a chance to be outdoors and creates a real appreciation for nature and wildlife. The paths, trails, playpark, cafe and viewpoints at Gedling Country Park have created a destination that everyone in Gedling can be truly proud of.
“I would like to thank the Friends of Gedling Country Park who continue to work tirelessly for the park. I would urge everyone to please vote for the wonderful Gedling Country park, let us bring this award to Gedling”
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke said:“We’re delighted that Gedling Country Park has been shortlisted for this award and we ask residents of Gedling to get behind us and vote for it to be recognised as one of the best in the country.
“The park has great support from the Friends of Gedling Country Park, who nominated the park for this award, and it has some of the best facilities in the county including a fantastic children’s play area, a modern café and ‘changing places’ facilities for the severally disabled.
“Voting is really quick and easy so please visit the Fields in Trust website and vote for Gedling Country Park.”
Fields in Trust is a UK-wide charity that legally protects parks and green spaces in perpetuity. The UK’s Best Park Award recognises the role that parks play in our communities, supporting mental and physical health and bringing people together.
Fields in Trust 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 celebrating 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.”
Once voting is over, 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.