Pollock Country Park is the Best Park in Britain

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow has been awarded the prestigious title of Britain’s Best Park 2007.

Managed by Glasgow City Council, Pollok Park beat off tough competition from parks across the country to take the top prize – which was presented by competition sponsors Briggs & Stratton at a ceremony in the park today, Tuesday 23rd October 2007.

The park was judged on a range of criteria including environment, access, maintenance and community involvement. It’s rich rural history, diverse environment and high levels of maintenance particularly impressed the judges.

Ian Small, sales manager consumer OEM UK for Briggs & Stratton, said: “Everything about the park, including its close links with the community, and diverse environment make it aworthy winner of the title.”

Pollok Country Park is part of the Old Pollok Estate, the ancestral home to the Maxwell family. It is spread over 361 acres and attracts over two million visitors each year.

Robert Booth, executive director of land and environmental services said: “It is a tremendous honour for Glasgow City Council to receive this prestigious award. Pollok Country Park is a haven for both citizens of Glasgow and the ever-growing number of international tourists. Many People are drawn here because of the unique rural experience it offers within the heart of the city.”

Robert added: “I am particularly proud to see the tireless enthusiasm, dedication and resourcefulness of the staff based within the park recognised – they have all worked very hard to reach and maintain consistently high standards.”

Pollok Country Park will now go forward to compete against parks from France, Germany, Sweden, Poland and Italy in the European Best Parks competition, also sponsored by Briggs & Stratton. The results will be announced in 2008.

No: 07/ Notes to editors

The judges for this year’s competition were Peter Seabrook MBE (gardening editor, The Sun), Matthew Appleby (news editor, Horticulture Week), Richard Kruger, (editor, Public Sector and Local Government), Martin Fish (garden writer and broadcaster), Ian Small (Briggs & Stratton) and Graham Paskett (Paskett PR Ltd).

Last years winner was; Lister Park, Bradford. This is the second time that a Scottish park has won the title, Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen were winners in 2004.

The Britain’s Best Parks competition was started in 2003 by Briggs & Stratton, the world’s largest producer of air-cooled petrol engines for outdoor power equipment, as part of a global network recognising and rewarding excellence in park design and maintenance. Similar competitions run by Briggs & Stratton in six countries including Sweden, France and Italy. For more information, please visit www.britainsbestparks.co.uk.

Regional finalists in the 2007 competition were:

  • Overall Winner: Pollack Park, Glasgow
  • North East: Mowbray Park, Sunderland
  • Wales: Morgan Jones Park, Caerphilly
  • Midlands: Kings Park, Retford, Notts
  • North West: Bradwell Crematorium, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
  • South West: Stratford Park, Gloucester
  • South East: Alexandra Park, Hastings
  • London: King Edward Memorial Park, East London
  • Yorkshire and Humber: Roundhay Park
  • Eastern: Hylands Park, Chelmsford

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