Does Coventry have the nations favourite park? - The Coventry Observer

9th Aug, 2022

Does Coventry have the nations favourite park?

Ryan Smith 18th Jul, 2022

THE SEARCH for the nation’s favourite park is on as national charity Fields in Trust has officially opened voting.

And Coventry’s War Memorial Park and Allesley Park are in contention.

One resident who voted for the War Memorial Park recalled some of their fondest memories, including holding hands with their partner and pushing buggies around.

“Here I turn for peace, quiet and solace amid city life. Here, we remember. Here, we imagine the future. Here, as a city, we live.”

Another resident who lives near Allesley Park and uses a mobility scooter said they visit twice a day as it’s easily accessible.

“The park is immaculately kept and there is something for everyone.

“It is a wonderful asset to the local area.”

The public was asked to put forward parks by the public with 364 in total nominated.

People will now have until August 18 to vote for their local park.

The campaign was launched back in 2015 with this being the first held since the pandemic, and this year’s competition has seen more nominations than ever.

There were 39 total nominations in the West Midlands.

This year’s Green Space Index report found that 2.8million people live more than ten minutes walk from a green space.

Fields in Trust chief executive Helen Griffiths, said: “We’re delighted to see that hundreds of parks and green spaces have been nominated up and down the country.

“It is incredibly heartening to hear the individual stories of significance for these spaces and this process has only emphasised the collective importance of having natural areas in our communities.”

Visit www.fieldsintrust.org/favourite-parks/nominations to vote.

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