Four Warwickshire country parks bag the ‘local favourite’ title

FOUR of Warwickshire’s Country Parks have bagged the title of Local Favorite, after all appeared in the top 20 percent of sites voted for by the public in the UK’s Favorite Park competition.

Burton Dassett Hills, Ryton Pools, Hartshill Hayes and Kingsbury Water Park all scooped the accolade in the national competition, which aims to shine a light on the green spaces which hold a special place in the nation’s hearts.

Over 360 parks around the UK were nominated, from large country parks to small neighborhood green spaces – and over 30,000 public votes were cast during the past six weeks.

The rolling Burton Dassett Hills, wildlife haven of Ryton Pools, ancient woodlands of Hartshill Hayes, and 600 acres of Kingsbury Water Park all secured Local Favorite status thanks to the outpouring of support from residents of Warwickshire and beyond.

Warwickshire saw another local success, with Jephson Gardens in Leamington also reaching the top 20 per cent.

Warwickshire County Council’s environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “I was delighted to hear that four of Warwickshire’s Country Parks had been nominated in this national competition, and absolutely thrilled to hear that all four had managed such terrific success.

“The results highlight the high value we all place on these treasured green spaces and give our tremendous Country Parks team and rangers some well-deserved national recognition for all their tireless work before, during and after the Pandemic.”

Penrhos Coastal Park in Holyhead, Anglesey won the overall prize of the UK’s Favorite Park 2022, and Blackpool’s art deco Stanley Park was named England’s Favorite Park for the third time.

The organizer of the competition, Fields in Trust, is an independent charity that has been protecting parks and green spaces for almost 100 years.

The UK’s Favorite Parks campaign returned for the first time since 2019, aiming to ensure our green spaces continue to be celebrated in a post-pandemic world. The charity recently commissioned a study which found that almost half of us have visited local parks more often than we used to as a result of the pandemic.

Visit www.countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk for more information about Warwickshire’s Country Parks.

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