Thursday, September 28, 2023

Are Thurrock’s parks the best?

A FEW weeks ago it was announced that three of Thurrock’s parks were among the best in the country — Langdon Hills, Coalhouse Fort and Grays Beach Riverside.


Now the Green Flag Award scheme is looking for the nation’s favourite park.


Cllr Val Morris-Cook, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “These three parks provide remarkably different experiences considering we’re such a small borough.


“I’m calling on everyone who uses and enjoys any of these parks to vote for their favourite — let’s get some recognition for the good things in Thurrock, the things we are rightly proud of.”


The Green Flag scheme – the national standard for parks and green spaces – is urging everyone to show their support for their local park as voting for the nation’s favourite park reaches the final stages.


The People’s Choice Award is an annual online vote that gives the public the power to decide which one of the 1,290 parks or green spaces flying the Green Flag or Community Award this year, should be named the site of the year.


Visit to register your vote. Select your region (East of England) on our interactive map, find your favourite park or green space and click the Vote for this site button.


Competition to reach the top spot is already hotting up, with over 4,500 votes cast already, so now is the time to ensure your local park or green space gets the recognition it deserves.


Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager said: “We know how important having access to quality parks and green spaces is to the public. The People’s Choice Award gives them the chance to decide which park or green space deserves the accolade of the nation’s favourite.


“With 1,290 award-winning sites to choose from competition is fierce so we urge everyone to get voting if they want to see their local park pick up the award.”


Voting for the People’s Choice Award winner closes at midday on Monday, 12 September, and the winner will be announced on the 21st September.


  1. Grays Beach Riverside Park is a credit to Thurrock, this park is well maintained and kept clean and tidy, it is a pleasure to walk around and for the kids to play in, I am very suprised that this has not been vandalised by mindless yobs as some of the other parks in the borough have been though.


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