Time to vote for your favourite park

Lancaster City Council is urging local residents and visitors to join the nationwide hunt for the UK's favourite parks by voting for the park they love the most in the Lancaster district.

A panel of experts in nature conservation, ecology and park management had their say in July this year when Ryelands Park and Williamson Park in Lancaster and Happy Mount Park in Morecambe met the tough standards demanded by the judges and were awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Now, the award scheme is asking the nation to have its say and decide which parks and green spaces should receive the People’s Choice Award for being the UK’s favourites.

Whether you enjoy visiting a park or green space to play football, walk the dog, exercise or simply get away from the hustle and bustle, if you think your favourite deserves to be in the top 10 People’s Choice then cast your vote.

All you have to do is go to www.greenflagaward.org, find your park on the winners map and click the voting button. Once you’ve registered your vote, you can encourage your friends and family to get involved too through social media using #PeoplesChoice.

Coun Brendan Hughes, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said: “The Lancaster district can boast of wealth of stunning places where people can relax or spend time with their families in a peaceful and well maintained environment.

“The People’s Choice award gives everyone the chance to give a big thumbs up to some of the places that mean the most to them.”

Voting closes 30 September, with the top 10 sites being announced on 16 October.