Awards: Does your local park deserve a pat on the back?

The Green Flag Award scheme – the national standard for parks and green spaces – is urging everyone to show their support for their local park or green space as voting for the nation’s favourite park reaches the final stages.

The People’s Choice Award is an annual online vote that gives the public the power to decide which one of the 1,290 parks or green spaces flying the Green Flag Award or Community Award this year, should be named the site of the year.

This year 103 parks and green spaces across the East of England received the prestigious Green Flag and Community Awards. 91 parks throughout the region currently fly the Green Flag Award, a sign to everyone that the park is well managed, well maintained, and one of the best green spaces in the country.

A further 12 sites have the Green Flag Community Award, which recognises high quality green spaces that are run by the local community and volunteers.

Competition to reach the top spot is already hotting up, with 4,500 votes cast already, so now is the time to ensure your local park or green space gets the recognition it deserves.

Simply visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk to register your vote. Select your region on our interactive map, find your favourite park or green space and click the ‘vote for this site’ button.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager, said: “We know how important having access to quality parks and green spaces is to the public. The People’s Choice Award gives them the chance to decide which park or green space deserves the accolade of the nation’s favourite.

“With 1,290 award-winning sites to choose from competition is fierce so we urge everyone to get voting if they want to see their local park pick up the award.”

Voting for the People’s Choice Award winner closes at midday on Monday, September 12 and the winner will be announced on September 21.