Published Friday, 08 September 2017
HINCKLEY’S two premier parks are up against some of the top parks in the country in a competition to find the nation’s most popular green spaces.
Both Hollycroft Park and Argents Mead are competing in the online People's Choice Award, which gives the public the power to decide the top 10 parks from the 1,797 Green Flag Award sites.
Hollycroft Park is a 1930s park which has retained many of its original features. The bandstand hosts a number of events throughout the year, and the park offers a number of other facilities including tennis courts, pitch and putt and a bowling green. The park is also maintained as a site of horticultural excellence, with a number of different habitats including wildflower areas, as well as the more traditional bedding plant areas.
You can vote for Hollycroft Park by simply going to:
Green Flag Award-Hollycroft Park and select the 'vote for this site' button.
Much of the current Argents Mead site was once part of Hinckley Castle, which is known to have been in existence from the mid 12th century and the remains are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Argents Mead is located within a Conservation Area and has connections with the adjacent 14th century Grade II* Listed St Mary's Church. The park itself contains the town's two war memorials - a traditional column and a separate stone relief – which are both Grade II Listed structures.
You can vote for Argents Mead by simply going to:
Green Flag Award-Argents Mead and select the 'vote for this site' button
Voting is quick and free.
The vote closes at noon on Saturday 30 September. The winners will be announced in October.
Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award manager said: “Following the huge success of #LoveParks Week, the People’s Choice Award is another chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.”
Councillor Mark Nickerson, the Borough Council’s Executive member for Neighbourhood Services added: “What a wonderful achievement for both parks, showing that all the hard work by the Borough Council's ground staff, assisted by the Friends of Hollycroft for that park, really does pay. Your vote really matters too, so please vote for both parks to show your appreciation."
Last year saw tens of thousands of people voting for their favourite park, with winners coming from all across the UK, from London to Lanarkshire.
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