In the East of England, 37 of the best loved local green spaces were nominated and these nominations were then put to a public vote.
A park user nominated the park saying "Our amazing forty-acre park is visited daily by hundreds of people of all ages, who value the peace, green spaces, mature trees, lake, statues, and sports. Our Friends group cares for the gardens, runs events, installs exciting projects and promotes wildlife in the ancient woodland, flower meadow and conservation areas."
This year almost 37,000 park users cast their vote to help decide the winner of the UK's Best Park 2019. Voting closed on Monday 19 August 2019 and we are pleased to announce that Lake Meadows has been named East of England region winner.
As regional winner our "Much Loved" park is now on the shortlist for England's Best Park which will be revealed on Wednesday 28th August.
Councillor David Harrison, Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee, said: "We know that the borough's parks are important to our residents - because they tell us. It is places like Lake Meadows that give their neighbourhood and visitors a place to enjoy a walk, have a picnic or a Parkrun. The fact that this award was voted for by the public shows how much they value Lake Meadows."
Charles Novis, chair of the Friends of Lake Meadows added: "We are delighted that the park has won this regional award, showing how much park users appreciate the park and the effort put into it by staff and the Friends' volunteers."
Published on Friday 23 August 2019