​​​​​​​Pittville Park nominated for Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park Award- vote by 3 November

Published on 1st November 2017

View looking over the upper lake in Pittville Park towards the pump room

Pittville Park has been nominated for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award and now needs public votes to win.

Over the last few weeks 360 nominations have been received by Fields in Trust for parks and green spaces that are a much loved part of their local communities. Now it is time to choose the winners; cast your vote at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: “We are immensely proud of Pittville Park and I hope that people will vote for it to win this award. It has a hugely popular, accessible new play area, it is also the first site in the county to win a prestigious Green Heritage Site accreditation thanks to its high standards and historic importance. We have a great team of officers and volunteers who work hard to look after the park and this ‘Fields In Trust – UK’s Best Park’ award would truly recognise their dedication.’’

Janice Payne, community park ranger said: “Pittville Park has won many accolades over the years including green flag status and the green heritage award. Pittville Park is a wonderful space with a much loved new play area that deserves a ‘Fields in Trust’ award and I’d urge people to get as many votes in as possible before the 3 November.”

Across the UK nominations include large nature reserves and small community gardens, sports fields and playgrounds, each one a green space valued by the local community. Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites. Pittville Park is one of 360 nominated parks across the UK. The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted and nominators will be invited to attend the prestigious Fields in Trust Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground in November where the UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017 will be named.

Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said: “Despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are facing an uncertain future - across the UK outdoor spaces are under threat. The UK’s Best Park Award celebrates the parks and green spaces which are so vital to the communities that use them.  Recognising the UK's Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces; not viewing them just as a drain on resources for maintenance and upkeep - but seeing what benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events."

Fields in Trust legally safeguards over 2,700 parks, playing fields, playgrounds, recreation grounds and other open spaces throughout the UK – a total of 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres). 


For media enquiries, contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 775050, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk


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Further information about Pittville Park is available at www.cheltenham.gov.uk

Along with four other parks Pittville was awarded the Green Flag status and in 2016 was awarded the Green Heritage award.

Voting closes Friday 3 November

About Fields in Trust

For media enquiries, about Fields in Trust please contact Richard McKeever e: richard.mckeever@fieldsintrust.org  t: 020 7427 2117

Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites. Fields in Trust legally safeguards over 2,700 parks, playing fields, playgrounds, recreation grounds and other open spaces throughout the UK – a total of 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres).             

Founded in 1925 by King George V, the mission is the same now and as it was then: 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. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly continue to be threatened by all kinds of development.  www.fieldsintrust.org

About UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017

Nominations for the UK’s Best Park were submitted by members of the public- any accessible greenspace in the UK was eligible for nomination. Voting for those parks nominated runs from Saturday 14th October until 5pm on Friday 3rd November 2017.

The park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted. Their nominators will be invited to attend the prestigious Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 29th November where the UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017 will be named www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark