Members of the public are being asked to vote in the Green Flag Awards’ annual People’s Choice prize, to find the UK’s favourite park.

And with more Green Flag Award-winning parks than any other authority in Yorkshire and the Humber, Sheffield deserves to be a national winner.

This year a record breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces in the UK were awarded the prestigious international Green Flag Award, including 14 in Sheffield.

Sheffield green spaces to win one of the coveted awards were Devonshire Green, Ecclesall Woods, Firth Heritage Park, Meersbrook Park, the Peace Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the Winter Garden, Wheata Woods, Millhouses Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Weston Park, Tinsley Green, Manor Fields Park and the Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood.

The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive a record number of Green Flag Awards for Sheffield Green spaces from Keep Britain Tidy – and would love to be successful in the People’s Choice prize for the favourite park in the country.

“For that to happen people need to vote for their favourite Sheffield Green Flag winning place. Please visit the Green Flag Award website and vote for your favourite Sheffield park.

“Sheffield, The Outdoor City, tops the table of Green Flag Awards in Yorkshire and the Humber, reflecting our special landscape and environment from urban parks to Peak District moors.”

This year was the first time that Manor Fields Park, which was still derelict land just 15 years ago, was awarded a Green Flag Award. The other 13 sites were previous winners.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes at noon on Wednesday 30 September and the winner will be announced in October.

To vote, simply go to www.greenflagaward.org, select Yorkshire and the Humber on the interactive map, find your favourite park or green space in Sheffield and click the ‘vote for this site’ button.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award manager said: “We all have a favourite park, whether it’s our local green space or a special park we’ll travel miles to visit.

“Following another record breaking year for the Green Flag Award, we are urging everyone to vote for their own favourite park, so we can crown one of these 1,582 special parks as the People’s Choice 2015.”

All Green Flag Award winning sites are entered into the annual People’s Choice Award vote. Last year saw more than 35,000 votes from the public, with Victoria Park in London’s Tower Hamlets receiving thousands of votes to be crowned as the People’s Choice.

 

Notes

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (greenflagaward.org ) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

First launched in 1996, the Green Flag Award recognises and rewards the UK’s best parks and green spaces. It is the quality standard for public green spaces and recognises well-managed, high quality sites that meet the needs of their local community. A full list of Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award winners is available here www.keepbritaintidy.org/greenflagawards2015/2334

The 2014 People’s Choice award winners were

  1. Victoria Park (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
  2. Mote Park (Maidstone Borough Council)
  3. Margam Park (Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council)
  4. Cassiobury Park (Watford Borough Council)
  5. Kings Park (Bassetlaw District Council)
  6. Whiteknights (University of Reading)
  7. Bute Park (The City of Cardiff Council)
  8. Clissold Park (London Borough of Hackney)
  9. Valentines Park (Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd)
  10. Millennium Country Park (Marston Vale Trust)