BRITISH greenspace protection charity Fields in Trust has announced their search for the nation’s favourite parks is returning this summer and hundreds have already been nominated.
Nominations remain open until July 9 before the chosen parks will be put to a public vote.
This will be the first competition since the start of the pandemic, during which parks played a vital role in improving people’s mental health and wellbeing.
A study commissioned by Fields in Trust shows that almost half of British people visited parks more than we used to during the pandemic, and the competition intends to celebrate these areas now that lockdowns are over.
Fields in Trust’s recently released annual Green Space index report analyses the provision and distribution of parks and green spaces in the UK.
It found that 2.8million people live more than ten minutes walk away from a green space.
Only six per cent of green space is currently legally protected in Britain and Fields in Trust said it fears that will worsen if these areas aren’t appreciated.
Fields in Trust’s chief executive Helen Griffiths said: “There is no doubt that the importance of green spaces has been felt recently, with people increasingly turning to their local parks to find a sense of tranquillity, space, and belonging since the pandemic began.
“When restrictions were at their highest, many sought refuge in their daily walk around the park; and when restrictions lifted to allow outdoor gatherings, the same parks became the backdrop for reunions with loved ones and new memories made.”
“We are thrilled to be on the search once again for the UK’s Favourite Parks and we do not doubt that we’ll find some absolute gems along the way.
Visit www.fieldsintrust.org/favourite-parks to nominate your local park.