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A West Norfolk park could be dubbed the nation’s favourite.

Three green spaces in the borough have been nominated for Fields in Trust awards which will be decided by public vote. The Walks and Lynnsport Leisure Park in King’s Lynn, and Willows Nature Reserve in Downham Market are among 360 to be nominated across the country for Best Park awards.

From small community gardens to large nature reserves, sports fields and playgrounds, each have been nominated by regular park users.

The winning entries will be announced next month at a ceremony in London.

Fields in Trust is a national charity which works to safeguard recreational spaces and campaigns for better protection of outdoor spaces.

Deputy leader of West Norfolk Council, Elizabeth Nockolds, said: “Our borough has some wonderful parks and open spaces and we work very hard to make them places to be proud of.

“I’m delighted that this has been recognised by three of them having been nominated for a Fields in Trust Best Park award.

“I personally nominated The Walks because it is somewhere that has been close to my heart for many years – it’s a huge pleasant open space which attracts people for many different reasons.

“There is a historic monument to visit, play areas for young people of all ages, shelter from trees for those who would like to relax and picnic and even a community allotment.

“Lynnsport offers some fantastic sports facilities, as well as a large open space, full of wildlife.

“The Willows Nature Reserve offers a peaceful space to reflect and commune with the natural world.

“Whichever of our parks is your favourite and for whatever reason, I hope you’ll vote for it.”

The latest research by the trust has shown there is a health advantage of people who use parks. It has been shown to have health benefits, increase sense of worth, happiness and anxiety levels.

Make your vote count by taking part.

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