Cutteslowe Park in Oxford has been nominated for the UK’s Best Park award, and Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran is encouraging constituents to support the park in a UK-wide competition organised by green space charity, Fields in Trust.
Layla said she was “thrilled” to hear that the park, which is in her constituency, had been nominated. Liberal Democrat councillors across Oxford West and Abingdon have consistently supported investment in local parks.
A total of 364 public nominations for parks and green spaces across the UK have been made –32 of which are in the South East region - each one a much-loved part of its local community. The public can now choose the winners via an online public vote at www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park/south-east. Voting closes at noon on Monday 19th August.
Commenting on Cutteslowe Park’s nomination, Layla said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled that one of our local parks has been nominated for a national award.
“We must continue to champion green space in our community. Investment in parks is really important – the Fields in Trust’s Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research showed us that such spaces across the UK provide people with over £34bn of health and wellbeing benefits.”
Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths said:
“Our parks and green spaces are a vital part of UK community infrastructure. We know that they provide benefits to the physical health, mental wellbeing and community connections for people that use them, so we are delighted to see a record number of nominations for the UK’s Best Park award and it is encouraging to see so many people celebrating how much they love their local park. Fields in Trust is committed to protecting these valuable and much-loved parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy.”