Telford park win's Fields in Trust 'Best Park' award

Telford Town Park has won the title of 'UK's Best Park' after receiving the most public votes in a new competition run by Fields in Trust.

Telford Town Park. Image: Supplied
Telford Town Park. Image: Supplied

The award was handed out last night (2 December) at the charity's annual awards ceremony which took place at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

The park was one of three parks from across the UK to be shortlisted for the award. A total of 122 UK parks were nominated and over eight thousand public votes cast.

The FiT's award ceremony celebrates the great work being done in parks and play grounds across the UK. Eleven awards were handed out on the night, with this being the first year that the ceremony has featured a category voted entirely by the public.

Telford Town Park, which is owned by Telford & Wrekin Council, was nominated by a member of 'Friends of Telford Town Park', a group which started in 2003 to help give the park extra care and attention. The nomination was made because of the range of attractions available at the park and there being 'something for everyone', including a sensory garden, a mix of biodiversity, a nature reserve and formal gardens. A section of the field is protected with FIT as a Queen Elizabeth II Field*.

Chris Pettman, from the park's friends group, commented: "We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. The park acts as a real community hub and after lots of hard work to help improve its facilities by the council, the local community and the Friends of Telford Park group, it is fantastic that all that the park brings to the area has been recognised."

Also on the shortlist were Gheluvelt Park in Worcester - nominated because of its interactive water feature, play area and gardens - and Duthie Park in Aberdeen, because it plays host to regular events for the city, has a great kids’ play area and is known as great all-rounder for a family day out. 

Fields in Trust, which was founded 90 years ago by King George V, has a mission to ensure that everyone – young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live – should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.

The charity recently released Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play: Beyond the Six Acre Standard, which acts as a benchmark for planning authorities on the type and amount of open space that should be available to communities.

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