Is your favourite Birmingham park the best in the UK?

By on 07/09/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham has no fewer than nine contenders in a public vote to find the nation’s favourite park.

And Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, is urging people across the city to vote for their own personal favourite.

Last month Aston Park became the ninth Birmingham park to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award – a sign to visitors that it is a well-maintained and well-managed site, with excellent facilities.

Now Aston, Lickey Hills Country Park, Cannon Hill Park' Kings Heath Park, Castle Vale Centre Park, Handsworth Park, New Hall Valley Country Park, Ward End Park and Sunset and Moonlit Park are all battling it out for votes in The Green Flag People's Choice Award.

Urging people to vote for the Birmingham contenders, Cllr Mullaney said: “The fact that so many of our parks are in contention for this national accolade speaks volumes for the quality of our magnificent parks here in Birmingham.

“With Aston we now have nine parks with Green Flag status and that's testament to our fantastic parks staff, who of course work closely with our Friends groups across the city.

“Everyone has their favourite park and I would urge people across Birmingham to vote for their personal favourite.”

To vote for your favourite Birmingham park simply follow the links below.

Lickey Hills Country Park

Cannon Hill Park

Kings Heath Park

Castle Vale Centre Park

Handsworth Park

New Hall Valley Country Park

Ward End Park

Aston Park

Sunset and Moonlit Park

The Green Flag Award scheme - the national standard for parks and green spaces - is urging everyone to show their support for their local park or green space.

The People's Choice Award is an annual online vote that gives the public the power to decide which one of the 1,290 parks or green spaces flying the Green Flag Award or Community Award this year, should be named the site of the year.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager said: “We know how important having access to quality parks and green spaces is to the public.  The People's Choice Award gives them the chance to decide which park or green space deserves the accolade of the nation's favourite.

“With 1,290 award-winning sites to choose from competition is fierce so we urge everyone to get voting if they want to see their local park pick up the award.”

Voting for the People's Choice Award winner closes at midday on Monday September 12, and the winner will be announced on  21 September 21.

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Notes to Editors

The Green Flag Award Scheme is managed by a consortium, comprising Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace. Known collectively as the Green Flag Plus Partnership, the consortium manages the scheme in England on behalf of Communities and Local Government (CLG) and in Wales for the Welsh Steering Group.

Green Flag Award recognises well managed, high quality green spaces.  Any green space is eligible to win this award providing visitors can enter free of charge.  Previous winners include parks managed by local authorities as well as those run by community groups and trusts.  The scheme was set up in 1996.

In 2011 1,290 parks and green spaces have been awarded the Green Flag and Green Flag Community Award.

Green Flag's vision is that by 2020, 50 per cent of green spaces in England and Wales will be of Green Flag standard - a staggering 15,000 sites.

For more information visit:

www.greenflagaward.org.uk

www.keepbritaintidy.org

www.communities.gov.uk

www.green-space.org.uk

www.btcv.org

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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