Parks pull in votes in regal competition

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TWO parks have topped the popularity polls in a competition that will safeguard their future for generations to come.

Bovingdon Green and Gadebridge Park beat four other outdoor spaces across the borough to secure Queen Elizabeth II Field status.

Together the winning parks attracted than 300 votes from outdoor fans after council chiefs invited residents to vote for their favourite out of six locations dotted across Dacorum.

The accolade gives access to special park improvement funds and means the green spaces are protected from development so that they will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Councillor Julie Laws, who oversees environment and sustainability, said: “Gadebridge Park and Bovingdon Green are now two of only 2,012 parks in the country to receive this honour.

“It’s an innovative way to mark both the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games and it will leave a permanent legacy for residents of Dacorum to enjoy.”

Bovingdon Green attracted the most votes, pulling in 170, while Gadebridge got support from 138 people.

The other parks put forward for the public vote by Dacorum Borough Council were Canal Fields in Berkhamsted, which got 88 votes, Northridge Park in Highfield, Hemel Hempstead, which pulled in 47 votes, Margaret Lloyd Park in Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, which got the backing of 29 people and Randalls Park in Highfield, Hemel Hempstead, which got 25 votes.

Bovingdon Parish Council clerk Mike Kember said: “We’re really pleased that Bovingdon Green has come out on top of the online vote. The green is an important part of our village and this will make sure that the area is protected for future generations to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Bovingdon Green.”

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