GET voting! A Rotherham park “at the heart of the local community” is up against more than 300 green spaces and attractions across the country and seeking support in a national contest.
Green space charity Fields in Trust, which has protected parks and green spaces for almost 100 years, has brought the search for the UK’s Favourite Parks back this summer for the first time since 2019 — and the Advertiser has nominated our very own Clifton Park!
After the independent charity called for nominations reporter Jill Theobald did just that, telling judges about the “fantastic leisure spot” and its gardens, mini-golf, rides and games and the Clifton Express taking visitors to the cafe and museum.
Now the local attraction is one of 364 parks and green spaces in the running to scoop the accolade of being a local favourite, national favourite or even take the overall crown of the UK’s Favourite Park 2022.
It is up against contenders ranging from Holyrood Park in Edinburgh to Ormeau Park in Belfast, and West Ham Park in Newham to Sefton Park in Liverpool.
Closer to home, other local green spaces to make the list include Sandall Park in Doncaster and Graves Park in Sheffield.
Leanne Buchan, Rotherham Council’s head of creative programming and engagement, said: “It is an honour to have Clifton Park nominated for UK’s Favourite Parks 2022, and to have colleagues’ hard work and dedication recognised in this way.
“We would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents who use and love this space to vote for us before voting closes on Thursday, August 18 2022.
“The council works hard to provide well-maintained, clean, and safe green spaces. Clifton Park is one of South Yorkshire’s top attractions, with almost 23 hectares of land for residents to enjoy.
“Our vision for Clifton Park has been to provide an open green space with something for everyone to enjoy, from the café, museum, miniature golf course, rides, and more.
“Clifton Park is the heart of the local community and has previously won the People’s Choice award for four years in a row.”
Fields in Trust chief executive Helen Griffiths said the competition was “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”.
Public voting will choose local favourites as well as the national favourite park in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These four will be shortlisted with the overall UK’s Favourite Park announced over the August Bank Holiday.
To vote for Clifton Park visit: https://bit.ly/3IC1MSJ.