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Residents urged to vote for one of Exeter’s amazing parks in national poll

Published: 18 July 2022

Residents urged to vote for one of Exeter’s amazing parks in national poll Cllr Josie Parkhouse, Lead Councillor for Leisure and Physical Activity

Exeter residents are being urged to vote for one of the city’s beautiful parks in a poll to find the nation’s favourite.

Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Pinces Gardens & Cowick Barton Playing Fields, Ludwell Valley Park and Mincinglake Valley Park all received nominations as part of the Fields in Trust’s search for the UK’s favourite green space.

Fields in Trust are an independent charity that has been protecting parks and green spaces for almost 100 years.

The hugely popular campaign returned this year for the first time since 2019 and covers the length and breadth of the nation to shine a light on the green spaces that hold a special place in our hearts.

Exeter prides itself on its green spaces and parks. The city enjoys a range of green open spaces including six Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, parks, sports pitches, 1,400 allotments and a number of cemeteries.

Cllr Josie Parkhouse, Lead Councillor for Leisure and Physical Activity, said: “Heavitree Pleasure Ground is a beautiful park that is so valued by the local community. It has got something for everyone here - free tennis courts, paddling pool, bowls and bike track, not to mention the open spaces that people come and enjoy, walk around and hear the birdsong.

“You've got these beautiful, mature trees. There's just something for everyone. So it's no surprise to me that have it has been nominated for this national award. It's not just this one – we’ve got parks and green spaces all around Exeter.”

Cllr Parkhouse added: “It’s not just enjoying the physical activities that are available in our parks, but people also come to have that sense of mental wellbeing and calm, and connect with nature. It can get very busy in our city and it is great to have these beautiful parks on our doorstep, for people to relax and socialise.”

Parks have acted as refuge to many over the past few years and Fields in Trust is bringing back the campaign to find the UK’s Favourite Parks to ensure that they continue to be celebrated in a post-pandemic world.

The charity recently commissioned a study which found that almost half of us have visited local parks more often than we used to as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now that nominations are in, the parks will go head to head in a public vote.

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