A nationwide search to find the country’s favourite local green space nominated and selected by public vote has been launched by national charity, Fields in Trust

Do you think that your local park, playground or playing field is the best in the country? Here’s your chance to prove it. National charity Fields in Trust have launched a campaign to find the UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU!

It might be that your local park is great for a Sunday afternoon stroll, your neighbourhood playground is a hive of activity for children, or a nature reserve provides a stress-free space to relax. This is your chance to help your favourite space gain the recognition it deserves.

At a time when the UK’s parks are experiencing a dramatic reduction in funding for upkeep and maintenance and childhood obesity is identified as a growing concern, the UK’s Best Park award will highlight the vital role of local parks and green spaces – for play, relaxation or sport – and help ensure they are protected from closure or building development.

St. George's Day festivities in Telford Town Centre and Park. Last year's winner!

St. George’s Day festivities in Telford Town Centre and Park. Last year’s winner!

UK’s Best Park is open to all local green spaces across the UK. Categories include the Community Champion Award and, sponsored by Environmental regeneration charity Groundwork, the Young Community Champion Award. A new category for 2016 is for the Best Athletics Project on a Fields in Trust site supported by England Athletics and parkrun, which will celebrate projects which have increased community participation in running or athletics.

This will be followed by a public vote to identify a shortlist with the winner announced at the Fields in Trust Awards evening on 30th November at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The award is open to all public green spaces across the UK through online nomination at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark.