Green Flag People's Choice parks Top 10 revealed

The winners of the 2017 Green Flag People's Choice Awards have been revealed with three appearing in the top 10 for the first time.

Cassiobury Park in Watford has returned to the top 10. Image: Watford Borough Council
Cassiobury Park in Watford has returned to the top 10. Image: Watford Borough Council

A record 73,349 votes were cast and the public had even more Green Flag parks to choose from, with 1,799 Green Flags awarded in the summer. 

Three of the parks Saltwell Park, the Wilderness Lake and Whiteknights campus are appearing in the top 10 for the first time. 

Watford Borough Council’s Cassiobury Park, which was a finalist in the Horticulture Week Custodian Awards this year, has returned to the top 10.

Some, including Arlington Square Gardens in north London which was also shortlisted in this year’s Horticulture Week Custodian Awards, are run by community groups. Arlington Square Gardens is cared for by an active residents’ association, the Arlington Association, which manages the square with Islington Council support.

The 2017 People’s Choice Award-winning parks (in alphabetical order) are:

  • 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

International Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd said: "Following the success of this summer’s #LoveParks Week, the record number of votes for the People’s Choice Awards – more than double the number received last year – shows how much their favourite green spaces mean to people. 

"Massive congratulations to our 10 hugely deserving winners, and all the staff, volunteers and supporters who work so hard to maintain these well-loved green spaces to such a high standard.

"And thank you to the tens of thousands who took the time to vote. Parks matter to people, and this is further support for our campaign to protect and improve the nation’s wonderful green spaces for future generations."

New parks and green spaces minister Marcus Jones confirmed a further five years for the Green Flag Awards in August. The awards have been running for 20 years and have spread beyond parks to a range of green spaces at a variety of locations including universities, social housing developments, cemeteries, canals and shopping centres.


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