Vote for your favourite park in the national People's Choice Award

Release Date: 05 September 2018

Residents and visitors to our borough's parks are asked to go online and vote for their favourite park in the borough, as part of a national awards scheme.

This follows a successful year for parks and open spaces in Richmond upon Thames, in which we picked up our eighteenth prestigious Green Flag Award, the international mark of quality in the industry.

The Green Flag Awards recognises parks for their cleanliness, safety, standard of maintenance, community involvement, sustainability, management, conservation and heritage.

Whether you enjoy visiting a park or green space to play football, walk the dog, exercise or simply get away from the hustle and bustle, if you think your favourite deserves to be in the top ten People's Choice then cast your vote.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

"Our parks and open spaces enable residents and visitors to enjoy some fresh air amid green and peaceful surroundings, enjoy horticulture and nature, get some gentle exercise and enable children to play safely.

"We have a long-standing history of excellence and this year's Green Flag Awards demonstrate it is being maintained. I encourage residents to vote with their fingers, and show that one of our parks is the best in the country."

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager, said:

"This year 1883 parks and green spaces met the tough standards demanded by our Green Flag Award Judges, but we want to know which parks the UK public love the most.

"The People's Choice Award is a chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. If it's worth shouting about, make your voice heard and vote now."

All you have to do is visit the Green Flag Award website, find your park on the winners map and click the voting button. Once you've registered your vote, why not encourage others to get involved through social media, using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P438/18

Updated: 26 September 2018