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Rouken Glen Park Crowned Best in the UK

Award follows nationwide search for the finest greenspace in the UK.

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It's official - Rouken Glen Park is the best park in the UK bar none.

The East Renfrewshire park was crowned the country's finest by the national charity Fields in Trust at its annual awards event on Wednesday night (30 November).

Following a nationwide vote to find the country's favourite local green space, a massive 214 UK parks were nominated and over 10,000 votes were cast with the top four parks shortlisted, one from each of the home nations.

After all the votes were counted Rouken Glen came out on top as the winner, with East Renfrewshire residents sending a "clear message" that they love their park.

Castle Gardens in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Pontypool Park in Torfaen, Wales, and Preston Park Rockery in Brighton, England, were the other finalists.

Rouken Glen has always held a very special place in the hearts of all its visitors and now it's official - it's the best park in the UK. This is a fantastic accolade to win and is just reward for all the hard work our dedicated staff and volunteers have put in to improving the park over the last few years. It has unrivalled natural beauty and there is something for all ages to enjoy. Rouken Glen has been loved by all for more than 100 years, and will continue attract thousands of visitors to East Renfrewshire in the years to come. Councillor Vincent Waters, Convener of Environment

The Fields in Trust Awards, now in their fifth year, are a celebration of the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space.

Rouken Glen wins UK's best park Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThe award comes after the completion of a £3m transformation project in Rouken Glen this summer. 

Rouken Glen Park becomes the second recipient of the UK's Best Park accolade. Last year Telford Town Park in Shropshire beat 121 other nominated parks to be named UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2015 in the award's inaugural year.

Fields in Trust is a national charity whose mission is to ensure that everyone - young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live - should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.


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