Four Erewash parks in public vote for Green Flag People’s Choice award

Victoria Park in Ilkeston was a double winner in the Green Flag awards this year, could it land a hat-trick?
Victoria Park in Ilkeston was a double winner in the Green Flag awards this year, could it land a hat-trick?

Four Erewash parks are in the running to be named among the nation’s top ten favourites, if they can win the public’s support in an online vote.

West Park in Long Eaton, Ilkeston’s Victoria Park and Pioneer Meadows Local Nature Reserve, and Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve were all given a prestigious Green Flag Award in July.

Green flags are awarded by an expert judging panel, but now the scheme’s organisers Keep Britain Tidy want park users to decide which green spaces should get the People’s Choice award.

Erewash Borough Councillor Mike Wallis said: “We have four Green Flag parks in the borough and they are all something to be proud of. We hope people in Erewash show their passion for our parks and take a few minutes to go online to cast their vote.”

Erewash residents may decide their park or green space deserves recognition whether they visit it to play football, walk the dog, exercise, or simply get away from the hustle and bustle.

To cast a vote, go to www.greenflagaward.org find your park on the winners map and click the voting button before September 30.

Organisers are also using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice on social media, which they hope voters will share to get friends and neighbours involved.

Earlier this year, Victoria Park was also honoured with a Green Heritage award, granted to sites deemed to be of local or national historic interest.