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South East’s Best Parks named

This summer’s UK’s Best Park award has seen all-time high numbers of nominations and a record votes tally. 36,832 park users cast votes to help decide the winner of the UK’s Best Park 2019.
In the South East, 33 local parks and green spaces were nominated which are special the public. These nominations were then championed by park users, communities, Friends of groups, landowners and elected representatives as part of the public vote.
Following close of voting, Fields in Trust revealed the overall winner for the South East region, as well as the parks have received “Much Loved” status.
South East region winner

Alexandra Park

St Helen’s Way, Hastings, East Sussex

Described by its nominator as: “This great historic park has all you want for a day in the park, meandering stream, mini railway, lawns, woodlands, playground, bandstand and a café. Great lawns and borders and sorts of facilities.”

“Much Loved” spaces

Alexandra Park was one of seven spaces in the South East which placed within the top 20% of all nominations nationally in voting for UK’s Best Park 2019. Each of these spaces receives “Much Loved” status, recognising the support they have received this summer from those who use and love them. The other six “Much Loved” spaces in the South East are:

Calverley Grounds
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Riverside Park
Southampton, Hampshire

Hall Place and Gardens
Bexley, Kent

Tilgate Park
Crawley, West Sussex

Hampden Park
Eastbourne, East Sussex

Ventnor Park
Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Each will receive a certificate recognising the support, whilst the regional winner now joins Lake Meadows in the East of England and Danson Park in London on the shortlist for the title of England’s Best Park, which will be revealed on Wednesday 28th August. Between now and then the winners and “Much Loved” spaces in the other English regions will be announced day-by-day.
Each “Much Loved” park will receive a certificate denoting its status. The park’s nominator for UK’s Best Park 2019 will also receive acknowledgement that their favourite local green space is amongst the nation’s favourites.
Fields in Trust Summer of Parks will conclude on Thursday 12th September with the announcement of the UK’s Best Park 2019. This day is also an opportunity to champion those parks to receive “Much Loved” status with their new certificates, as well as celebrate all parks and green spaces across the country which are special in their own ways to those who use and love them.
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