West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed Skelmersdale’s Tawd Valley Park’s nomination for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award, which aims to celebrate those parks and green spaces throughout the UK that are much-loved parts of their local communities.
Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.
All nominations and votes were submitted by members of the public, with the nominees including large nature reserves, small community gardens, sports fields and playgrounds.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is wonderful to see Tawd Valley Park being nominated for a nationally recognised award by a Trust that safeguards thousands of parks, playgrounds, recreation grounds and other open spaces throughout the country.
“Tawd Valley’s nomination should make us proud of our constituency’s green spaces, which bring benefits in physical and mental health and the chance to share in community events.
“I want to wish everyone who maintains and enjoys the rivers, walkways, and the variety of wildlife at Tawd Valley my best wishes for the Award.”
Fields in Trust Chief Executive, Helen Griffiths, said:
“Despite their clear health benefits, parks and green spaces are facing an uncertain future. The UK’s Best Park Award celebrates the parks and green spaces which are so vital to the communities that use them.
“Recognising the UK’s Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces and identifying the benefits they bring; access to good quality recreational space can contribute to the physical and mental health of their local population and provide places for people to get together for community events.”
Following the closure of the public vote on 3rd November, West Lancashire residents now await the announcement of the winner at an Awards Ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 29th November.
Fields in Trust’s newly published research demonstrates a direct and statistically significant link between publicly accessible parks and green spaces and health and wellbeing. On average, the more frequently park or green space trips are made, the higher an individual’s wellbeing. You can download a copy of their Impact Report.