Carnfunnock Country Park and Larne Town Park have been nominated in the UK’s Best Park competition by green space charity, Fields in Trust.
Carnfunnok and Larne Town Park are two of 364 parks and green spaces listed with the public voting for their favourite park.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow said: “I am delighted that two parks within our borough are in the running for such a prestigious award.
“Carnfunnock is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known country parks. It attracts people from all over Northern Ireland and further afield. Onsite you will find a beautiful Maze, colourful gardens and woodland trails. There is also an activity centre, 9 hole golf course, a children's play park and fun zone – making your visit to Carnfunnock enjoyable for the entire family. You can also stay and camp on site making it the ideal spot to set up base, while exploring the area.
“Larne Town Park also has a great offering for the people of Larne. With allotments, playgrounds, open space, dog walking and tennis courts all situated within the vicinity. Our parks and open spaces is essential for our citizens and visitors to enjoy downtime while also promoting a healthy lifestyle and I would encourage the people of Mid and East Antrim to cast their vote so both Carnfunnock and Larne Town Park can gain the recognition they deserve.”
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 organising picnics with neighbours to celebrate 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.”
At the conclusion of voting the park with the most votes in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be shortlisted with the UK’s Best Park 2019 announced in mid-September.
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- Nominations for UK’s Best Park 2019 include small community gardens and large nature reserves, sports fields and playgrounds; each green space valued by its community and nominated by the regular park users who love to walk, run, cycle, relax, picnic and play with their children in the UK’s parks.
- Fields in Trust is a UK wide charity, which champions and supports our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. Because once lost, they are lost forever. Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policymakers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both the local and national level.
- More information is available from the Fields in Trust website