Telford & Wrekin Council is celebrating after Telford Town Park was voted the Best in the UK by the general public in a prestigious national award.
The Fields in Trust Awards have been running since 2012 and celebrate the contributions and achievements of partner parks, recognising and rewarding the efforts of those who work on them to make them the best they can be.
Telford Town Park had already been shortlisted in the top three parks in the country via a Keep Britain tidy campaign after the Park achieved Green Flag status earlier this year.
Then last night the Town Park received the ultimate accolade by scooping the title of UK’s Best Park at the awards ceremony in London, receiving a plaque and framed certificate.
Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “We’re obviously delighted that our beautiful park has won such a prestigious national award in spite of extremely stiff competition.
“But I have to say I am not the least bit surprised – I’ve always said our Town Park is one of the jewels in Telford’s crown and it is great to have it confirmed on a national stage.
“We’re very proud of Telford Town Park and how much it has developed over the past few years.
“We have so much green space in Telford and Wrekin and Telford Town Park has more than 180 hectares of space. The staff work so hard to maintain the facilities for members of the public to enjoy.”
The park is owned by Telford & Wrekin Council and was nominated for the award by a member of the Friends of Telford Town Park, a group which started in 2003 to help give the park extra care and attention.
Friends of Telford Town Park nominated it because of the range of attractions including new features like the water play, high ropes course and adventure golf, the sensory garden, a fantastic mix of biodiversity and nature reserve as well as the more formal gardens.
The Telford Town Park Arena is protected by Fields In Trust as a Queen Elizabeth II Field and is the focal point for a variety of community and business events.
There were 122 parks nominated nationwide and 8,000 public votes cast. It is the first time Fields In Trust have given out awards based on people’s votes.
Fields In Trust is the only UK wide charity which protects and improves outdoor space for people to enjoy.
In the meantime, residents and visitors can share their favourite photos of Telford Town Park so people can see just how beautiful the park is and why it fully deserves its place as the best in the UK. Post your picture on Twitter @TelfordTownPark #loveparks