London park beats 1,500 other green spaces to win Keep Britain Tidy's People's Choice award

In a public vote, Victoria Park, in East London's Tower Hamlets, has beaten off competition from more than 1,500 of the nation's best parks to be crowned the People's Choice.

Victoria Park, London - image: FlickR/eGuideTravel
Victoria Park, London - image: FlickR/eGuideTravel

In second place was Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot, South Wales, and in third place was Maidstone’s Mote Park. Green Flag Award-winning parks from Scotland and Northern Ireland were also represented, with Strathaven Park and Slieve Gullion Forest Park in the top 20.

For the first time, a university site is one of the public’s favourite green spaces, with Reading University’s Whiteknights site coming seventh in the vote.

The People’s Choice competition is organised by the Green Flag Award scheme, which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the UK and beyond. Victoria Park beat 1,581 other UK parks to be crowned the public’s favourite. The park has also met the high standards to achieve the Green Flag Award for the past five years.

Victoria Park is one of London’s oldest and most important historic parks, visited by millions of Londoners and tourists since opening nearly 170 years ago. The largest of Tower Hamlets’ parks, (10 of which hold a Green Flag Award), it has one of the highest visitor numbers of all London’s parks, with around 12 million visits each year.

In addition to the gardens and open green spaces, the facilities at the park for the public to enjoy include children’s play areas, boat hire, sports pitches, bowling greens, and several sports clubs. The park’s team run events, activities and festivals, as well as a year-round community programme.

On October 29, Mayor Biggs and members of Tower Hamlets’ cabinet will be celebrating Victoria Park’s huge achievement at the official presentation held in The Hub Building where members of the community can join in with a small family fun day organised by park staff to mark this fantastic achievement.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "What an achievement! With Victoria Park winning the People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row, the park has truly been cemented as one of the most loved places in the whole of London.

"We’re so proud of this incredible park. Our staff lovingly look after it and make it such a stunning part of the borough, and this award really should be seen as a huge round of applause to them.

"With the fireworks coming back to the Park on November 7, I encourage everyone to go down and enjoy the people’s park!.

Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd said: "The huge number of public votes we received show just how important parks and green spaces are to people. Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets is a truly worthy winner of the 2015 People’s Choice awards. Congratulations to all of the staff and volunteers who go the extra mile to maintain the park’s high standards and make it such a wonderful place for people to visit.

The People’s Choice 2015 Top 20


Park name

Managing organisation

Country / organisation


Victoria Park  

LB Tower Hamlets



Margam Park

Neath Port Talbot County BC



Mote Park

Maidstone BC

South East


Arlington Square Gardens

Arlington Association



Millennium Country Park

Forest of Marston Vale Trust

East of England


Valentines Park

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd




University of Reading

South East


Alexandra Palace Park

Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust



Myatt’s Fields Park

London Borough of Lambeth



Cassiobury Park

Watford Borough Council

East of England


Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve

Barnsley Metropolitan BC

Yorkshire & Humber


Beacon Park

Lichfield District Council

West Midlands


Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Newry and Mourne District Council

Northern Ireland


Strathaven Park

South Lanarkshire Council



Richmond Park

The Royal Parks Agency



Hollycroft Park           

Hinckley & Bosworth BC

East Midlands


Sandwell Valley Country Park

Sandwell Metropolitan BC

West Midlands


Telford Town Park     

Telford and Wrekin Council

West Midlands


Hardwick Park

Durham County Council

North East


Lower Leas Coastal Park

Shepway District Council

South East

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