Choose your favourite local park to win national award

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News release: 08 September 2017

Vote for your favourite park in St Albans District in a national poll to find the UK’s top 10 best-loved parks.

Verulamium Park with St Albans Cathedral
You can vote for any park that has a Green Flag badge for quality in the People’s Choice Awards 2017. 

There are 1,797 Green Flag parks that are eligible. They include Verulamium Park, Rothamsted Park, Clarence Park, Sopwell Nunnery Green Space and Bricket Wood Common; all managed by St Albans City and District Council.

The Green Flag scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy. Green Flags are a sign that the park or green space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is well maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

All Green Flag parks and green spaces are listed at To vote for your favourite, simply find it on the map and click the vote button. Once you’ve voted, don’t forget to encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved too. 

Voting closes on Saturday 30 September, with the top 10 winning sites being announced on Wednesday 11 October. 

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Manager, said: “Following the huge success of #LoveParks Week, the People’s Choice Award is another chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.”

Last year saw tens of thousands of people voting for their favourite park, with winners coming from all across the UK, from London to Lanarkshire. 

Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, Environmental Portfolio Holder for St Albans City and District Council, said: “Cast your vote for a local gem in this national poll to find the UK’s top 10 favourite parks. There are plenty of Green Flag parks and spaces in St Albans District to choose from. They include District Council-run Verulamium, Clarence and Rothamsted Parks.”

Earlier this year Green Flags were awarded to six parks and green spaces managed by St Albans City and District Council. They are Verulamium Park, Bricket Wood Common, Clarence Park, Rothamsted Park, Sopwell Nunnery Green Space and Hatfield Road Cemetery.


Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep. It works to improve the quality of parks and green spaces, eliminate littering and reduce waste. The charity also runs various programmes, including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. #LoveParks Week, when people are encouraged to demonstrate how much they love parks, is also managed by Keep Britain Tidy. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, their programmes and campaigns visit  

The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government. This is in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Last year’s top 10 People’s Choice winners were:
• Alexandra Palace Park, manged by Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust
• Arlington Square Gardens, managed by the Arlington Association
• Clifton Park, managed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
• Elsecar Park and Local Reservoir Nature Reserve, managed by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
• Margam Park, managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
• Millennium Country Park, managed by Forest of Marston Vale Trust
• Mote Park, managed by Maidstone Borough Council
• Strathhaven Park, managed by South Lanarkshire Council
• Victoria Park (Tower Hamlets), managed by London Borough of Tower Hamlets
• Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust

Contacts for the Keep Britain Tidy press office:
Helen Bingham 01942 612617 
Sarah French 01942 612659
Keep Britain Tidy Mobile: 07768 880016

Councillor contact:
Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for Environment for St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819281

St Albans City and District Council contact for the media:
Amanda Wilkinson, 
Media and Internal Communications Officer 
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317 
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