Vote now for park to be named best

Summer heather on the slopes of Dove Crag at Simonside near Rothbury, Northumberland National Park, England

Summer heather on the slopes of Dove Crag at Simonside near Rothbury, Northumberland National Park, England

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Northumberland National Park needs your vote in the race to win the National Park of The Year Award.

Northumberland National Park is urging the region and National Park lovers everywhere to get voting and help ensure it wins the prestigious accolade of National Park of The Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/16.

The p ark was nominated for the award by BBC presenter Ellie Harrison after the magazine asked experts to draw up a shortlist of nominees for each category.

The nomination highlights the National Park’s “meadows, moorland, peat bogs, ancient woodlands and still-wild coastline” and its “vivid history, solitude, dark skies and superb wildlife such as stoats, black grouse and red squirrels.”

Now it needs your support to win by voting online via the BBC Countryfile Magazine website: http://www.countryfile.com/awards2015-16 before Sunday, January 31.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are a celebration of Britain’s countryside and its people from great heritage attractions and favourite holiday destinations, to the best nature reserves and the finest rural pubs.

Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “This nomination is a great achievement for Northumberland National Park and once again recognises the county’s outstanding natural beauty on a national stage.

“Your vote can help us to secure this prestigious accolade and enable lots more visitors to enjoy our stunning park.”