Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 4 December 2020
HOLLYCROFT PARK has officially been recognised as one of the top ten parks in the United Kingdom by the Green Flag Award scheme.
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and park volunteers were handed a People’s Choice Award by Green Flag Award bosses for the achievement.
The Hinckley-based park impressively made its way back on to the list as for the second year in a row. They made their first appearance on the list late last year in November 2019.
As we reported a month ago in November, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council encouraged residents to nominate Hollycroft Park and Argents Mead as their favourite parks, as both parks were handed Green Flag Award which meant that they were eligible to be nominated.
Over 59,000 votes were cast by members of the public in a bid to determine which would be recognised as ‘the best in the UK’.
The Green Flag Award Scheme recognise and reward well-managed parks and green spaces.
The full list of the UK’s favourite Green Flag Award parks and green spaces were revealed online by scheme. We have listed them below in no particular order.
- Cassiobury Park, Watford
- Hollycroft Park, Hinckley
- Margam Park, Port Talbot
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
- Strathaven Park, South Lanarkshire
- Telford Town Park, Telford
- University of Essex Wivenhoe Park, Colchester
- Valentines Park, Ilford
- Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets
- Warley Woods, Smethwick
Stuart Bray, Council Leader for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: “Fantastic news, thank you to everyone who has voted for Hollycroft Park.
“To be recognised as one of the top ten favourite parks in the country rightly recognises the amazing contribution of our staff, the Friends of Hollycroft Park and all our volunteers and the visitors who make this park such a great place to visit at the heart of our community.
“To be awarded a People’s Choice Award for the second year running is a great accolade. It highlights how important Hollycroft Park is to the local community.”
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award manager, said: “I would like to congratulate our ten worthy winners and thank all the thousands of parks staff and volunteers across the country who have gone the extra mile this year to ensure our country’s parks and green spaces remain such fantastic places to escape to and enjoy.
“We know how important quality parks are to people of all ages in every corner of the UK and so, for these parks, this public recognition of just how much they are loved and valued is a real achievement.”