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    • Stanley Park in Blackpool named as the UK’s Best Park

      Voters have crowned Stanley Park in Blackpool, Lancashire as the UK’s Best Park 2019.   The awards received a record number of 364 nominations. All eligible nominations then progressed to a public vote, where 36,832 then voted.   This year your votes also helped give “Much Loved” status to 73 parks and green spaces which placed within the top 20% of nominations.   Receiving an estimated two million visitors annually, Stanley Park was opened in 1926 and as well as an abundance of sporting facilities boasts a number of iconic features. Impressive Italian Gardens at its centre are flanked on…

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    • South East

      South East’s Best Parks named

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    • Fields in Trust

      Fields in Trust championing this year’s UK’s Best Parks

      The UK’s Best Park 2019 will be announced at the conclusion of Fields in Trust’s Summer of Parks on Thursday 12th September.   Ahead of that, this summer UK’s Best Park will not just be showcasing the parks to receive the highest number of votes in each Home Nation. Each park that has placed in the top 20% of the total nominations will receive “Much Loved” status, recognising the support it has received this summer from those who use and love it.   In total, 73 parks across the UK will be celebrated in this way. Following the close of…

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    • Broomfield Park

      Wetland created at Broomfield Park in Enfield

      A celebratory event at Broomfield Park has marked the opening of Enfield’s latest wetland project that will deliver a huge range of benefits to the community and environment.   The Rivers Trust and Thames21 have provided support to Enfield Council who have led the design and creation of the wetland. Funding has come from the Coca-Cola Foundation via a water stewardship partnership between Coca-Cola and WWF.   Guests at the opening were shown all the work of volunteers who took part in mass planting events. They heard about the multiple benefits that the wetland provides and were able to take…

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    • Greenwich Park

      The Royal Parks reveals new designs for eco-friendly Learning Centre in Greenwich Park

      The Royal Parks has revealed the first designs for a new Learning Centre to be built in Greenwich Park, which includes the creation of new green park space for public use.   The plans are part of ‘Greenwich Park Revealed’, an exciting multi-million-pound project to conserve and enhance Greenwich Park’s historic and natural heritage, putting the community at its very heart.   Architects practice, Architype, won an open competition to produce the designs.   The proposed new Learning Centre will be built close to Vanbrugh Gate.   As a community hub, the Learning Centre will provide indoor and outdoor learning…

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    • Residents of Hackney invited to set up new community parklets

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    • Blechynden Gardens

      Southampton City Council transforms Blechynden Gardens

      Southampton City Council has completed work on the regeneration of Blechynden Gardens.   The concept for the park, developed by Cliff Brown of Southampton City Council’s City Services Team, was to create an attractive new public space which respects the rich heritage of the area as one of the last remaining World War II sites in Southampton, whilst looking forward to a peaceful future.   The park balances protecting what is left of the Emperia Buildings, blending the remains of the walls with two set piece sculptures, whilst allowing natural plants and wildlife to flourish.   The new design also…

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    • Elizabeth Park

      New Elizabeth Park at Bath Riverside opens to the public

      Crest Nicholson Regeneration welcomed hundreds of people to the new Elizabeth Park as part of the official opening at the Bath Riverside development.   The Party in the Park marked an important milestone in the development of Bath Riverside.   Hundreds of people visited the park throughout the day, enjoying the new open space along with a selection of art installations, and an open-air showing of The Greatest Showman in the evening.   Bath Riverside’s very first apartment owner Denise Medley cut the ribbon to officially open the park. The park creates a landscaped open space between the flagship Royal…

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    • True value of Birmingham city’s parks and open spaces calculated at £11billion

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    • idverde and its partners are proud to fly 122 Green Flags

      idverde, is delighted that 112 of the parks and green spaces it maintains on behalf of its clients have been awarded the Green Flag for 2019, recognising them as some of the best in the UK.   idverde looks forward to the annual Green Flag preparations as an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with clients and local green space users. This year, it was particularly pleased that seven of the sites it looks after have been awarded a Green Flag for the first time ever.   Andrew Kauffman, Head of idverde’s Greenspace Development Team, said: “The achievement of a…

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    • 1970 parks and green spaces receive a Green Flag Award

      1970 parks and green spaces have received the prestigious Green Flag Award. The international Award, now in its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has good visitor facilities. Parks and green spaces receiving the Award this year include first time winner Venetian Waterways managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Worden Park managed by South Ribble Borough Council that has won the Award every year since the scheme made its first Awards in 1997. Scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more…

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    • Milner Square

      Milner Square wins Children’s Play award in Street Design Awards

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    • Smart technology pilot scheme for Belfast parks

      A ‘smart’ pilot project using sensors, artificial intelligence and community currency is underway in a number of locations across Belfast. It is aimed at helping Belfast City Council manage its parks and open spaces as part of the Council’s Smart Belfast programme. The ‘Amazing Spaces, Smart Places’ initiative is being trialled for two weeks. Following a competition launched last October, five companies have been awarded funding of up to £20,000 each to explore how data and innovative technologies can help Council manage open spaces in Belfast. It will look at issues such as safety and the user experience, as well…

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    • Saughton Park

      Saughton Park opens following £8m restoration

      Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially reopened Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park.   Following a £8m seven-year renovation project to fully refurbish and reinstate many of the Park’s original Edwardian features – transforming the gardens into an inclusive space for the whole local community – the project has officially been declared complete on 6 June.   As Patron of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, HRH was invited to tour the restored park with Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant, Frank Ross, and to unveil a plaque to commemorate the milestone.   The Park will be powered by green energy. It also boasts…

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    • Crofton Park Railway Garden

      Crofton Park Railway Garden officially opens

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    • Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019

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    • Waltham Forest

      Waltham Forest council secures funding for four new pocket parks

      Waltham Forest council has secured over £70,000 of Pocket Parks Plus funding from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This is to create new pocket parks at locations across the borough.   The grant, totalling £70,500, will fund four new pocket parks. The proposals for these parks were drawn up by local community groups including OrganicLea Community Growers, Love North Chingford Community Interest Company (CIC), and Wood Street Walls CIC. The council will work with these groups to design and create the pocket parks.   Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:…

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    • Pocket parks

      Government announces winners of £3.75 million fund for parks

      Over 40 unloved, neglected or derelict urban spaces across the country will be transformed into new green spaces. It was confirmed by the Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP on 26 March 2019.   Also, through the £3.75m Pocket Parks Plus programme over 150 community-led groups will receive funding to help bring parks that have fallen into disrepair back into use.   Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak MP said:   “Parks and green spaces – no matter what size – are huge assets to our towns and cities. They offer us all opportunities to relax, socialise,…

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