Chance to vote for county’s top park

Plessey Woods at Hartford Bridge. Picture by Malcolm Watson-Long
Plessey Woods at Hartford Bridge. Picture by Malcolm Watson-Long
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Five of the best parks in south east Northumberland are in the running for park of the year at an annual awards ceremony.

The People’s Choice Awards are back, and Bedlington’s Doctor Pit Park, Plessey Woods Country Park in Blyth, Astley Park in Seaton Deleval, Ashington’s Hirst Park, and Carlisle Park in Morpeth, along with Hexham Parks, will be battling it out for the accolade.

The Green Flag sites, along with another 1,448 across the UK, are now in the running to be awarded the prestigious title, but it is down to the public to decide.

Northumberland County Council is urging everyone to place their vote for one of the six parks.

Coun Deidre Campbell, policy board member for street care and environment, said: “This is a great opportunity to once again showcase the wonderful parks and green spaces we have here in Northumberland.

“Achieving six Green Flag awards was a fantastic medal for all our park staff and local volunteers involved in their management and I know they will all appreciate your support so let’s all get voting.”

To vote for your favourite, simply visit and follow the instructions.

Voting will close at midday on Tuesday, October 1, and the winner of the 2013 People’s Choice will be announced on Wednesday, October 9, at a ceremony in London.