Do you have a favourite park? Somewhere you return to time after time to play, take part in activities or to simply relax in? Erewash residents are being asked to vote for their favourite local award-winning parks as part of the People’s Choice Awards.
A record breaking 1,973 Green Flag Awards were given to the UK’s very best parks and green spaces this year, including four in Erewash.
Pioneer Meadows at Kirk Hallam is a popular Local Nature Reserve and regular visitors include children from Dallimore Junior School who use the site for Forest School activities.
West Park at Long Eaton is the largest park in Erewash at 127 acres and offers an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including an outdoor gym trail, a skatepark, a splashpad water park, bowls, tennis and football and cricket.
Victoria Park in Ilkeston dates back to 1896 and also boasts a Green Heritage Award, which is granted to a Green Flag site that is deemed to be of local or national historic interest, or contains features of historic interest.
Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve in West Hallam features three ponds that are surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland – while it is also connected to the Nutbrook Trail. It attracts many types of birds but is particularly famous for its swans, leading to its affectionate nickname ‘Swan Lake’.
Vote for your favourite park at www.greenflagaward.org Find your choice on the map and click the vote button. Once you’ve voted, why not encourage others to get involved too!
Voting ends on Monday 30 September with the top ten winners being announced on Tuesday 15 October.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are very lucky to have four Green Flag parks and local nature reserves in the borough so this is the perfect opportunity to further our successes. Each park is unique in what it can offer visitors so it’ll be a tough choice to pick a favourite so please encourage friends and family to take part in the voting too! ”