London's Victoria Park is voted the nation's favourite green space

Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets, London, has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the nation's favourite park in this year's prestigious People's Choice Award, with a record breaking 32,694 votes being cast.

Victoria Park
Victoria Park
In second place for a second year was Mote Park, in Maidstone, Kent. Whilst in third place was Margam Park, in Neath Port Talbot, South Wales, last year's winner.

In the vote, organised by the Green Flag Award scheme, which presents Green Flag status to the best open spaces in the country, Victoria Park came out on top against a staggering 1,482 parks and green spaces in the annual poll. The park has won the Green Flag Award on four occasions.

Victoria Park, now a two time winner of the People's Choice Award, and also runner up in 2013, is the largest in Tower Hamlets at 86.18 hectares in area and has one of the highest visitor numbers of all the London parks with around 12 million visits per year.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: "I am delighted Victoria Park has reclaimed its title as the UK's best loved open space. It is our flagship park and a fantastic asset which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors and residents alike."

Councillor Shafiqul Haque, cabinet member for culture, added: "The council works hard to ensure all parks and open spaces are maintained to an excellent standard and the borough has six Green Flag Award winning parks to be proud of.

"I would like to congratulate the parks team for their dedication and commitment as our parks provide essential recreation, play and leisure facilities."

The park draws in more than 275,000 visitors a year to enjoy festivals and events.

Facilities at the park include children's play areas, boat hire, both summer and winter football pitches, cricket practice nets, bowling greens and tennis courts, as well as several sports clubs.

Green Flag Award manager, Paul Todd, said: "It's fantastic to see so many people voting in this year's People's Choice, showing their support and demonstrating how important and loved their local park or green space is. Congratulations to Victoria Park and all the staff and volunteers who work so hard in ensuring the park is not only a Green Flag Award winner but is now the UK's favourite for 2014."

Three and a half billion visits are made to parks every year across the UK and they are vital part of communities. The Green Flag Award is a way that the public can be assured they are visiting a clean and well managed green space.

For more information about the People's Choice Award and Keep Britain Tidy's Green Flag scheme, please visit www.keepbritaintidy.org


The People's Choice Top 10

1. Victoria Park (Tower Hamlets)

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

13212

2. Mote Park

Maidstone Borough Council

3689

3. Margam Park

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

3640

4. Cassiobury Park

Watford Borough Council

1695

5. Kings Park

Bassetlaw District Council

1627

6. Whiteknights

University of Reading

1565

7. Bute Park

The City of Cardiff Council

687

8. Clissold Park

London Borough of Hackney

642

9. Valentines Park

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd

618

10. Millennium Country Park

Marston Vale Trust

464


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