We're a "Much Loved" Park
We are thrilled here that Ferry Meadows Country Park has achieved “Much Loved Status" in Fields in Trust's 'UK’s Best Park 2019' award - and has been placed within the top 20% of Park nominations UK-wide.
The 'Best Park 2019' award ran over the summer and park users nominated 364 parks and green spaces across the UK. In the East of England, 37 local parks, including Ferry Meadows, were nominated and the public came out in force to vote.
Over 36,000 votes were cast by members of the public and Ferry Meadows was placed within the top 20% of all nominations. We are one of 13 parks in the East of England and 72 across the UK to achieve the coveted "Much loved Status". The winning park for East of England was Lake Meadows, Billericay, Essex and the overall winner for the UK was Stanley Park, Blackpool.
Thank you the person who nominated Ferry Meadows and for all our visitors and supporters who voted for us. We will proudly display our "Much Loved Status" certificate and maybe next year... you never know... we could be East of England - or even - UK winners?!
Fields in Trust is a UK-wide charity that legally protects parks and green spaces in perpetuity. The UK’s Best Park Award recognises the role that parks play in our communities, supporting mental and physical health and bringing people together. The charity is concerned that many parks and green spaces are under threat and are at risk of being lost to development or a cycle of decline and disappearance. Last month Fields in Trust published research which revealed that over 2.5 million people across Great Britain live more than ten-minutes’ walk from a park or green space and the East of England region has more than 314,000 people whose nearest green space is more than 10-minutes-walk from home. With public sector cuts leading to pressure on parks and green spaces, there is the risk that a lack of legal protection could lead to more being sold off or developed.