Preet Kaur Gill MP is encouraging residents to support Grove Park in Harborne as the UK’s Favourite Park in a nationwide public vote organised by green space charity, Fields in Trust.
Once the home of the 19th century reformist Thomas Attwood, it is now a fantastic place to visit with 12 acres for residents to play, walk or rest. The Harborne park has been nominated as one of 364 parks and green spaces in the running to be awarded UK’s Favourite Park 2022. The award celebrates the contributions green spaces deliver for our neighbourhoods and communities.
Preet Kaur Gill, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, said: “Edgbaston constituency is blessed with so much green space of all descriptions, from the abundance of green, open space in Bartley Green to the more formal style of the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston. It is fantastic to see Harborne’s Grove Park selected for this national award which, has been a sanctuary for so many during the pandemic. I now hope everyone in Harborne and across the constituency will really get behind the park and offer their support to see Grove Park awarded the UK’s Favourite Park.”
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive at Fields in Trust, said: “It is vital that we celebrate our nation’s parks to help ensure they are protected for future generations. Our children and grandchildren deserve to have the same access to green space that we do. 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.”
Voting is now open at www.fieldsintrust.org/favourite-parks and will close at noon on Thursday 18th August 2022. The parks with the most votes in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be named National Favourites and the overall winner the UK's Favourite Park 2022.
Notes to Editors
Fields in Trust is an independent UK wide charity with nearly 100 years’ experience of championing and supporting our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. Because once lost, they are lost forever. Fields in Trust works with landowners, community groups and policymakers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both the local and national level.
The UK’s Favourite Parks Award is a two-phase award. Firstly, any publicly accessible local green space was eligible to be nominated. All eligible nominations have progressed to a public vote. At close of voting the parks with the most votes in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be named National Favourites and the overall winner the UK's Favourite Park 2022. Any park placing within the top 20% of nominations will receive recognition as a Local Favourite. www.fieldsintrust.org/favourite-parks
The Green Space Index is Fields in Trust’s own unique barometer of green space provision and simply indicates green space provision based on benchmark guidelines set out in the Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play publication.
More information is available from the Fields in Trust website www.fieldsintrust.org