VOTE: Have your say on your favourite Sunderland park
4:25pm 13th September 2017
(Updated 4:32pm 13th September 2017)
People on Wearside are being urged to vote for their favourite park in a national competition organised by Keep Britain Tidy.
Five Sunderland parks - Mowbray Park, Roker Park, Barnes Park, Herrington Country Park and Hetton Lyons Country Park were all awarded prestigious Green Flag awards by the environmental charity in July.
Now all five are in the running for the annual People's Choice Award which gives the public the chance to decide which one of the country's 1,797 Green flag sites should be named park of the year in an online vote.
To vote people for their favourite park people just need to:
• Visit the following website - here.
• Click on the 'Vote now' link
• Select Sunderland on the interactive map or enter a postcode or place name
• Click on your favourite park to select it
• Click the 'Vote for this site' button
Councillor Michael Mordey, Sunderland City Council's Portfolio Holder for City Services, said:
"We're lucky enough to have some lovely parks here in Sunderland and a lot of hard work goes into maintaining parks across the city for people to enjoy, despite the funding cuts the service has seen in recent years. So it was fantastic to win Green Flag awards for five of our parks this year.
"We know people in Sunderland are passionate about their local parks and we hope they will take the time to vote for their favourite park.
"Just to be in the awards is a huge achievement for the city in itself, and a tribute to everyone involved in their maintenance and upkeep - not just council staff, but also the volunteers who give up so much of their own time to help us care for these wonderful open spaces. It would be a huge boost for the city if a Sunderland park were to be chosen as one of the UK's top 10 favourite parks."
People have until Saturday 30 September to vote for their favourite park. The top 10 winning parks will be announced on 11 October.
The Green Flag Award was first launched in 1997 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. It is the national standard for parks and recognises well managed, high quality sites with community involvement.