MK parks in the running for national award

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Three award winning parks in Milton Keynes are up against stiff competition in a bid to win the Green Flag Park of the Year award.

Residents are urged to go online and vote for Leon Recreation Ground and Chepstow Drive Park in Bletchley, and Eaglestone Local Park in the annual People’s Choice award, managed by Keep Britain Tidy, which gives the public the power to decide which one of the UK’s 1,448 Green Flag sites should be named Park of the Year.

Councillor Peter Geary, Milton Keynes Council’s cabinet member for Communities and Public Realm, said: “We are rightly very proud of our award-winning parks, with Milton Keynes as a whole benefitting from access to more than 4,500 acres of green open spaces.

“We’re calling on all our residents – especially those in Bletchley and Eaglestone – to vote for our Green Flag parks to make sure they feature among the list of the nation’s favourite green spaces.”

The vote will close at midday on Tuesday, October 1 and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 9.

The Green Flag award was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. It is the national standard for parks and recognises well managed, high quality sites with community involvement.

All Green Flag award winning parks and green spaces are entered into the annual People’s Choice award vote, which last year saw thousands of votes recorded and resulted in the crowning of Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets as the winner.