Best British park awards to make voting more inclusive

Sponsors decide to expand limits on who can vote, including tabloid readers and authority park departments

A contest to find Britain’s best park is to become an annual event. This follows the success of last year’s competition, which was held at the Saltex trade show at Windsor Racecourse. The main feature of last year’s winning entry, Blackmore Gardens at Sidmouth in Devon, was a flower display known as Fred the Peacock. The title was voted on by readers of The Sun newspaper. Sponsor Briggs & Stratton UK, a lawnmower engine maker based in Romford, Essex, has decided to expand the limits on who can vote. Normally such competitions are judged by professionals, but the sponsors decided that the public should have a say as well. Now, as well as readers of the daily tabloid, local authority parks departments will be able to nominate a best park or garden. The winner will be announced at this year’s Saltex, which will be take place on 7-9 September. Briggs & Stratton UK general manager Bryan Peachey said: “We were overwhelmed by last year’s competition, which is why we have decided to turn Britain’s Best Parks into an annual contest.” For details, call Caroline Spence on 01332 372196 or email carolinespence@paskett.co.uk.

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