Show your love for award-winning Matlock park

Local people are being urged to show their love for Matlock’s award-winning Hall Leys Park as part of a UK-wide awards scheme.

The experts have had their say and in July Hall Leys Park was given a prestigious Green Flag Award for the 11th consecutive year.

Now, the Award Scheme is asking the nation to have its say and decide which parks and green spaces should receive the People’s Choice Award for being the UK’s favourites.

Whether you enjoy visiting a park or green space to play football, walk the dog, exercise or simply get away from the hustle and bustle, if you think your favourite deserves to be in the top 10 People’s Choice then cast your vote.

Once you’ve registered your vote, why not encourage others to get involved too through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.

Chairman of the District Council’s Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Jo Wild said:

“This is an opportunity for the many local people and visitors who love Hall Leys Park to get behind what is undoubtedly one of the UK’s finest town centre parks and the jewel in Matlock’s crown.

“I don't think anyone would dispute that the District Council's fantastic Clean & Green team do a great job, not just in Matlock but at more than 30 parks and gardens they maintain across the whole of the Derbyshire Dales, boosting the local economy by doing their bit to attract nearly five million visitors a year who spend more than £315 million in the Dales.”

Voting opens 1 September and closes 30 September, with the top 10 sites being announced on 16 October.

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager said:

“This year 1883 parks and green spaces met the tough standards demanded by our Green Flag Award Judges but we want to know which parks the UK public love the most.

“The People’s Choice award is a chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. If it’s worth shouting about, make your voice heard and vote now.”

With the flag: District Council Clean & Green Team members Paul Marsden (left) and Scott Palmer (centre) with Clean & Green Central Area Supervisor Ian Buxton.

In the scheme’s 22nd year, the Matlock park is among a record-breaking 1,883 Green Flags awarded to green spaces large and small across the UK - almost 100 more than in 2017.

As well as traditional parks, some more surprising green spaces have achieved the awards this year, including university campuses, shopping centres, the Thames Barrier Park, War Memorials and burials sites.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:

“It has been a record-breaking year for Green Flag Awards, and it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of locations have been recognised. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to experience, and encourage the public to head outdoors, explore their local area and find even more unexpected green spaces they can enjoy.”

Local people are being urged to show their love for Matlock’s award-winning Hall Leys Park as part of a UK-wide awards scheme.

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