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Victoria Park is amongst the UK top ten – public pick their favourite award-winning parks

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Victoria Park was voted as one of the nation’s favourites

Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, named as one of top 10 People’s Choice winners 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, parks have played an important role for communities the length and breadth of the UK.

Research conducted by Keep Britain Tidy earlier in the year showed that more than nine in ten people (93%) think that parks and green spaces are important to their local community.

Now, those communities have spoken with the vote for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, run as part of the Green Flag Award scheme, the international quality standard for parks and green spaces, which is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.

During October, the public were invited to vote for their favourite park and more than 32,000 did just that and Victoria Park was voted as one of the nation’s favourites.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Thanks to the tireless work of our amazing staff and volunteers, Victoria Park is a great place for recreation, sports, play, and relaxation and has yet again proven, by the public, to be the jewel in the borough’s crown.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Victoria Park and I am delighted that it has been recognised in the Green Flag People’s Choice Awards, for the eighth year running.”

Joining Victoria Park in the People’s Choice ten most popular parks and green space are:

  • Cassiobury Park, Watford
  • Eoropie Park, Isle of Lewis
  • Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire
  • University of Essex Wivenhoe Park, Colchester
  • Valentines Park, Ilford
  • Warley Woods, Smethwick
  • Telford Town Park, Telford
  • National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
  • Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot

Commenting on the result, International Green Flag Award Manager Paul Todd said: “Congratulations to our ten worthy winners!

“The Green Flag Award includes some of the country’s best-known and iconic parks as well as community green spaces and university campuses.

“To be voted one of the nation’s favourite parks is a real achievement and testament to all the hard work done by the thousands of parks staff and volunteers up and down the country who work tirelessly to make their parks fantastic places that everyone can enjoy.”

This year, 2,127 parks and green spaces met the standard of the Green Flag Award and, as it marks its 25th anniversary, in addition to the People’s Choice, Awards were presented in various categories including Most Improved Space, Best Promotion, Young Volunteer of the Year and Team of the Year. For more details about the awards and the winners, visit www.greenflagaward.org

Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Sport said: “Thanks to our Victoria Park staff and the Victoria Park Friends who have supported us all through the pandemic and continue to work around the clock to keep the park award winning and in the nation’s top ten.”

The winners were announced live on YouTube at a special virtual awards ceremony yesterday evening. 

Posted on Wednesday 24th November 2021