Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed news that Gheluvelt Park and Perdiswell Park have been nominated in the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park 2019 award.

Fields in Trust is an independent charity, which champions and supports parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. The charity also helps to protect 2,809 parks and green spaces for future generations to enjoy, totalling over 12,000 hectares of land across the UK; 2.6 million people in Great Britain live more than a ten-minute walk away from a green space.

The UK’s Best Park award gives the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite local green space; voting will run until noon on Monday 19th August. The top park in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted with the overall winner and UK’s Best Park 2019 announced at the end of Summer of Parks in mid-September.

Robin was pleased to see two parks in Worcester nominated for the award. Gheluvelt Park, a memorial park built in honour of those lost in the First World War, was opened on 17th of June 1922 to commemorate the Worcestershire Regiment’s 2nd Battalion after their part in Battle of Gheluvelt, a World War I battle that took place on 31 October 1914 in Belgium. It was opened by Field Marshal John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, who said that on that day the 2nd Worcester’s saved the British Empire. It is important, one hundred years on, to remember the effects of the First World War and those to whom we owe the free society enjoyed today.

Perdiswell Park is a favourite amongst the physically active; the area boasts a Leisure Centre with swimming pool, public rights of way, dog walking trails, a children’s play area, sports pitches, and a garden of remembrance.

As Worcester’s MP, Robin is passionate about protecting parks and green spaces. Locally in Worcester, greenbelt land has been protected notably the 41,650 hectares within Worcestershire which checks urban sprawl, preserves the character of historic towns, and safeguards our countryside from encroachment. Robin’s late father was the first Secretary of State for the Environment, and within his capacity in that role he helped to lay the groundwork for the promotion of the green belt.

Since Robin’s election in 2010, 150,000 acres of priority habitats have been created and over 11 million trees have been planted, with a pledge to plant 11 million more.

Commenting on the UK’s Best Park Award 2019, Robin said:

“I am pleased that both Gheluvelt Park and Perdiswell Park have been nominated for the Fields in Trust, UK Best Park Award. Parks and green spaces positively impact our communities, from physical health, mental health and social cohesion.”

“We have a great opportunity to ensure our parks remain places to be proud of for generations to come. I welcome all park users to celebrate our much-loved green spaces and urge everyone to visit the website below and vote for their favourite.”


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