Voting opens for Green Flag Award People's Choice 2017

Voting for the Green Flag Award People's Choice award opened this morning and will run for the whole of the month of September.

People's Choice 2016 Alexandra Park has one of the best views in London
People's Choice 2016 Alexandra Park has one of the best views in London

The scheme, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, asks the public to choose which of the 1,797 Green Flag Awarded green spaces is the nation’s favourite. The winners of the past two years have been Alexandra Palace Park in north London and Victoria Park in east London.

International Green Flag Award manager Paul Todd said: "Following the huge success of Love Parks Week in July, the People’s Choice Award is another chance for people to show how much their favourite park means to them. 

All the eligible parks can be seen and voted for on the Green Flag Award website. The top 10 sites will be announced on 11 October.

Rotherham Council's urban green spaces manager Andy Lee said having the town’s Clifton Park included among last year’s top 10 was really positive for both the town and his department.

"Being a People’s Choice winner has given Rotherham something amazing to shout about. It also gives staff and residents something to be proud of.

"Knowing that people have taken their time to vote for Clifton Park means that we are doing our job right, giving visitors what they want from their park and that what we do is appreciated. The People’s Choice Award shows how much our visitors value parks and it helps to secure future investment."

Last year’s top 10 People’s Choice winners were:

· Alexandra Palace Park, managed by Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust

· Arlington Square Gardens, managed by the Arlington Association

· Clifton Park, managed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

· Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, managed by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

· Margam Park, managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

· Millennium Country Park, managed by Forest of Marston Vale Trust

· Mote Park, managed by Maidstone Borough Council

· Strathhaven Park, managed by South Lanarkshire Council

· Victoria Park (Tower Hamlets), managed by London Borough of Tower Hamlets

· Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust

The Green Flag Awards are run by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government. Last week, new parks minister Marcus Jones renewed the licence for another five years.

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