Sutton’s MP used an early morning walk around Sutton Park to urge local residents and park goers to cast their vote to recognise an area of Sutton Park as the UK’s Best parkland area. He was joined by local councillors.
The area around Boldmere Gate has been nominated among 214 areas as one of the best loved green spaces in the United Kingdom. Voting closes on Wednesday 9 November, with the winning park announced at the Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on 30th November. To ensure Sutton Park gets its rightful place on the shortlist, and a chance to be crowned the UK’s best park, visit http://fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/westmidlands.
The committee deciding the nominations includes cricketing legend Sir Geoffrey Boycott, triple gold medal winning Olympian Pete Reed and Welsh sporting all-rounder Non Evans, who added their say to the thousands of regular park users who wanted to highlight their own personal favourite green spaces. Fields in Trust is a charity aimed at safeguarding recreational spaces and campaigning for better protection for outdoor sites. Its President is the Duke of Cambridge, and its Ambassadors include Tim Henman, Matthew Pinsent and Clive Woodward.
Sutton Park – still the largest urban park in Europe - was central to the campaign to restore the status of Sutton as a Royal Town, providing the backdrop to one of the most famous incidents in Sutton’s past – Henry VIII’s fabled hunting trip and his salvation from a wild boar by a young and beautiful Sutton markswoman, leading to the Royal Charter and emblem of the Tudor Rose being given to the Town.
Andrew Mitchell said “Sutton Park is one of the jewels in our Royal Town’s crown, and I urge everyone to cast a votes to make sure that it is recognised for the wonderful space that it is through this competition. People of all ages come to Sutton Park for a whole range of activities, and it is such an important part of our community – both past and present - here in Sutton.”