Willen Lakes in Milton Keynes are nominated for national Best Park award

Willen Lakes have been nominated for the Fields in Trust UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award, but if it is to win, it needs your vote!

Monday, 31st October 2016, 2:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:24 pm
Willen Lake

In all, 214 parks and green spaces have been nominated across the UK; each one loved and valued by its local community.

Willen Lakes is one of 23 parks shortlisted in the South East region.

“We are incredibly proud of the beautiful green spaces created here in Milton Keynes,” said Mark Lancaster MP.

“The redway cycle paths, the canals, the management of the lakes and the surrounding areas are second to none. To witness the sheer numbers of people appreciating the outdoor facilities is simply a clear testament to how much people value and enjoy our very special landscape.”

Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths added: “Parks and open spaces are arguably the most universal of all public services. They are used by the entire community from pre-school children through to retired adults - our nation’s parks and green spaces are places to enjoy life experiences, whether that’s reaching a personal sporting milestone, teaching grandchildren to cycle, engaging with nature, having a first kiss or simply walking a much loved dog.

“Recognising the UK’s Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces; not viewing them just as a drain on resources for maintenance and upkeep - but seeing what benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events.”

To cast your vote visit www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/southeast before November 9th, 2016.