SOUTH Ribble’s multi-award-winning park has been nominated for yet another accolade.

Worden Park in Leyland is one of 16 green spaces from around the North West to be nominated for the title of the UK’s Best Park.

And residents can help to guarantee it a place at the top by casting their votes online before the deadline on November 9.

Earlier this year the park scooped its 20th consecutive honour in the prestigious Green Flag Awards 2016/17, making it the only one north of London to be recognised every year since the scheme began.

Councillor Graham Walton, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, said: "Parks and open spaces bring tremendous benefits to the community.

"As well as providing a recreational area and somewhere to hold events, they make a valuable contribution to the physical and mental well-being of residents.

"We’re very proud of Worden Park’s record as an award-winning Green Flag park and with work underway on £500,000 of improvements in the coming year, it can only get better. We know it holds a special place in the hearts of our residents and I would urge everyone to cast a vote and show their appreciation of this fantastic open space."

The UK’s Best Park Award was launched last year by national charity Fields in Trust, which works to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.

Four parks will be shortlisted for this national award, one each from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on November 30.

Fields in Trust chief executive Helen Griffiths said: “We want to celebrate the parks and green spaces that are so vital to the communities that use them.

“A good part is reflective of the community it serves, but, as these much-loved places are increasingly under threat of being lost to development. Recognising the UK’s Best Park is a way of revaluing our green spaces.”

Among the improvements at Worden Park are 128 extra parking spaces, new toilet facilities and refurbishment to the iconic Conservatory and Vine House which date back to the 1800s. The work is part of £1m investment by South Ribble Borough Council into parks and open spaces over the next 12 months.

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