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Harrogate and Wetherby parks shortlisted for national award

Harrogate and Wetherby parks shortlisted for national award

Published at 12:06pm 26th October 2017. (Updated at 12:24pm 26th October 2017)

The Stray in Harrogate and Sandringham Park in Wetherby have both been shortlisted for the UK's Best Park award.

National charity Fields in Trust is now appealing for public votes before choosing this year's winner.

The Stray is described as an "incomparable open space", whilst Sandringham Park is "one of the gems in Wetherby".

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: "Parks and open spaces are arguably the most universal of all public services. They are used by the entire community, from pre-school children through to retired adults.

"Our nation's parks and green spaces are places to enjoy life experiences, whether that's reaching a personal sporting milestone, teaching grandchildren to cycle, engaging with nature, having a first kiss or simply walking a much-loved dog. We want to ensure that we value parks and green spaces and take account of the vital contribution they make to local communities.

"Our awards help recognise the role that our local parks play in our neighbourhoods, bringing people together and creating a safe outdoor environment that should be available to everyone. We want to celebrate all the much-loved green spaces and invite all park users to vote for their favourite."

Sandringham Park in Wetherby

Sandringham Park in Wetherby

Voting is now open at www.fieldsintrust.org and closes at 5pm on Friday 3 November.

The winner will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29 November.

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