Queen Elizabeth Country Park one of England’s best spaces

BEAUTY SPOT Queen Elizabeth Country Park
BEAUTY SPOT Queen Elizabeth Country Park
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QUEEN Elizabeth Country Park has been voted one of the top 10 best green spaces in the country.

The public voted the 2,000-acre woodland and downland, near Clanfield, one of the nation’s favourites in the Keep Britain Tidy’s People’s Choice Award.

The park came eighth out of 1,424 green spaces in the annual poll, which gives out Green Flag status to the best open spaces in the country.

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: ‘With more than 7,000 votes for the People’s Choice Award, it’s fantastic to see how much people value their green spaces, recognising the richness they bring to their lives.

‘There is a great range of winning sites from university campuses to cemeteries, proving that it’s not just traditional parks which provide places for people to relax and enjoy time out from the frantic pace of modern life.’

Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets, London came top. Go to keepbritaintidy.org.