Give our parks marks!

2/8/2011'Family Fun Day at Randall's park, Hemel Hempstead.'Mayor Gilliam Chapman arrives.
2/8/2011'Family Fun Day at Randall's park, Hemel Hempstead.'Mayor Gilliam Chapman arrives.

OUTDOOR lovers are being urged to back a bid to bag a top accolade for two of Dacorum’s parks, which will safeguard them for future generations.

Six parks, nominated by Dacorum Borough Council, have been selected for the UK-wide Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

They are Gadebridge Park, Margaret Lloyd Park in Grovehill, Randalls Park in Highfield, Northridge Park in Warners End, Canal Fields in Berkhamsted and Bovingdon Green.

Led by its patron, Prince William, the challenge aims to celebrate next year’s Diamond Jubilee by protecting a diverse range of outdoor spaces around the UK to ensure they remain a permanent legacy.

People have until Friday, November 18 to vote for their favourite park. The two in Dacorum that attract the most votes will be announced in December. The initiative hopes to protect 2,012 green spaces across the country by the end of the year

These will be presented with a plaque and have access to park improvement funds only available to Queen Elizabeth II fields.

Councillor Julie Laws, who oversees environment and sustainability, said: “We are calling on everyone to celebrate the local green spaces by going online and voting for their favourites.

“These parks offer a variety of benefits, from playing sports and dog walking through to having a picnic with family and friends.

“This is a wonderful way for us to mark the two major events happening in 2012: Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics. Please get voting.”

To vote and to find out more, visit www.qe2fields.com or call 0207 427 2110.