People are being asked to back their favourite Dudley borough parks in the national People’s Choice Awards.
eople are being asked to back their favourite Dudley borough parks in the national People’s Choice Awards.
Residents can back one of the six parks in the borough to be given a prestigious Green Flag Award in July - Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge Buffery Park and Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve in Dudley, Leasowes Park in Halesowen and Silver Jubilee Park in Coseley.
One of the parks in the running, Mary Stevens Park, has recently received £2.6million of Heritage Lottery Fund money to make improvements. The Dudley Council led project has included improvements to Heath Pool, the park gates, war memorial and bandstand as well as the creation of a new cafe and toilet facilities and the recruitment of a heritage ranger.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to show their love and support for some of the borough’s outstanding parks and I would ask everyone to do their bit by voting. “We are incredibly grateful to the volunteer groups that have contributed so much to the Green Flag parks and proud of the work that goes into making these spaces so special.”
To vote people simply go to www.greenflagaward.org and find their park on the winners map and click the voting button. Once registered, they can also encourage others to get involved too through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.
Voting closes 30 September, with the top 10 sites being announced on 16 October.
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager said:
“This year 1883 parks and green spaces met the tough standards demanded by our Green Flag Award Judges but we want to know which parks the UK public love the most. “The People’s Choice award is a chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. If it’s worth shouting about, make your voice heard and vote now.”
Notes to Editors
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep. We set the standard for the management of parks and beaches, work to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public space. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
The Green Flag Award Scheme www.greenflagaward.org is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Last year’s top 10 People’s Choice winners were
Arlington Square Gardens Arlington Association
Cassiobury Park Watford Borough Council
Clifton Park Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Margam Park Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Millennium Country Park Forest of Marston Vale Trust
Saltwell Park Gateshead Council
Strathaven Park South Lanarkshire Council
The Wilderness Lake Porthcawl Bridgend County Borough Council
Warley Woods Warley Woods Community Trust
Whiteknights University of Reading