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Three Knowsley parks shortlisted for the ‘Favourite Park 2022’ Award

by Alison Cornmell

As part of a national campaign, people across the country were encouraged by Fields in Trust to nominate their favourite park or green space.

Fields in Trust is an independent UK wide charity with nearly 100 years’ experience of championing and supporting parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy.

Now, people are now being asked to vote for their favourite park and the park or green space that has the most votes will be named the UK’s Favourite Park 2022. In addition, any park or green space in the top 20% will receive ‘Local Favourite’ status, recognising the love shown for them by their local communities.

In Knowsley, local communities nominated Court Hey Park in Huyton, Eaton Street Park in Prescot and KGV Browns Field in Prescot.

Court Hey Park was nominated because “This park has a group of volunteers who work hard to look after the park and put-on events for the locals. I enjoy taking my grandchildren there and have participated in their nature trails and organised events. It was my haven in lockdown. It is always clean and litter free.” You can vote for Court Hey Park here.

Eaton Street Park was nominated because “It is a beautiful green space in the heart of the town centre, has lots of events for the community, so brings everyone together.” You can vote for Eaton Street Park here.

King George V Browns Field has been nominated because “This much loved park has become a vibrant place, thanks to local residents hosting grassroots football, community events, and keeping everything clean and tidy! Its a joy to see the park so well used by the community whilst the woods offers a tranquil place to be in nature.” You can vote for King George V Browns Field herehttps://www.fieldsintrust.org/favourite-parks/nominations/kgv-browns-field.

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said: “Our nation’s parks have been so important during the pandemic, and it is vital that we celebrate them to help ensure they are protected for future generations. Without urgent action, Britain’s public green space is set to decrease, putting more pressure on fewer green spaces to support the health and wellbeing of communities, now and in the future. Our children and grandchildren deserve to have the same access to green space that we do, so we need to act before it’s too late. As well as voting for the local park you love today check to see if it is legally protected. It is within the powers of our local leaders to protect our green spaces and after the pandemic this is a significant moment to change the way we think about the contribution local green spaces make to our health, our wellbeing, our environment, and ultimately our futures.”

Nominations for UK’s Favourite Park 2022 represent the many different ways people enjoy green spaces, each valued by its local community.  Parks have been nominated by people who love to walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic, walk the dog and play with their children in the UK’s parks. Public voting will determine local favourites as well as the national favourite park in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These four will be shortlisted with the overall UK’s Favourite Park announced over the August Bank Holiday.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson said “All of our parks and green spaces are worthy winners. Nineteen of our parks and green spaces have been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ status – the international quality mark – and it would be great if the national ‘Favourite Park Award’ came to the Borough. It’s also a great achievement to have three parks and green spaces in the Borough nominated and voted for by our communities and while we love all of our parks, we encourage people to vote for their favourite”.

Voting closes at 12 noon on Thursday 18 August 2022.