The Millennium Country Park in Marston Moretaine has been placed eighth in a national poll to find the most popular park or green space nationwide.
All of almost 1,500 entrants had been awarded a prestigious Green Flag by the Tidy Britain Group earlier in the summer but the people’s choice was decided by a web vote.
Jean Sargeant, one of many forest volunteers who take an active part in its upkeep, said: “It’s great to be part of this lovely park. Coming eighth out of 1,500 should make all the volunteers and staff that help run it feel very proud.”
A spokesman for the park said: “Although there was no prize for the award, coming this high in the rankings is a major achievement and it proves that the Park is valued by the people who use it.
“During half term coming up and the weather turning cold and wet, the Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park are well worth a visit.
“The trails around the park provide safe and level places for kids to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, away from the dangers of traffic. There’s cycle hire too so if you fancy a ride around the five miles of cycleway, now’s a great time to give it a try.
“During half term there are craft events for children on Monday and Friday. Whether they fancy tasting some apples to celebrate Apple Day or making their very own ‘snakes and adders’ game and finding about our three native species of snakes, bring them over to the centre to have a great day out. Book early as places are limited.”
The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park are at the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale, providing a visitor centre, café, gift shop, exhibition and conferencing facilities, set in 250 hectares of woodland, wetland and open space for people to enjoy.
As well as providing the focus of the Community Forest, the Forest Centre operates on a commercial basis to generate revenue to support the Forest of Marston Vale.
For more information and booking call 01234 767037 or visit www.marstonvale.org/events