Country’s green spaces celebrated at the Land Trust Awards 2017

National land management charity, the Land Trust, this week recognised the benefits, achievements and value of its green spaces around the country at its annual awards ceremony.

Held at the Greenwich Yacht Club in London, the Land Trust Awards 2017 was attended by many of the rangers and volunteers who look after sites on behalf of the charity.

The Site of the Year accolade was jointly awarded to Countess of Chester Country Park in Cheshire and Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park in London.

Countess of Chester Country Park runs a dedicated Health for Life programme, which has been made possible thanks to the support of many partners. It encourages people to get more active in all sorts of ways, with free sessions each week including Buggy Walks, Nordic Walking, Walk to Run and parkrun.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, is one of the charity’s smallest sites at just two hectares. It is an urban oasis and home to hundreds of different species, including two new-to-the UK bees discovered recently. It has dedicated educational facilities that allow thousands of school children to visit each year and get hands-on with the natural world.

Other winners on the night were:

Community Space of the Year – Silverdale Country Park, Staffordshire
Best Space for Nature – Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, London
Developing Space for Nature – Warrington, Cheshire
Health Site of the Year – Countess of Chester Country Park, Cheshire and Langdon Lake & Meadow, Essex
Educational Site of the Year – Northumberlandia, Northumberland
Most Improved Space – Parndon Lock Meadows, Essex
Project of the Year – Avenue Washlands, Derbyshire for Tesco Bags of Help
Volunteer of the Year – Ian Roberts, Chair of Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park
Ranger of the Year – Joe Evans of Festival Gardens, Liverpool
Alan Carter, Director of Portfolio Management at the Land Trust, said: ‘The Land Trust believes that the long-term sustainable management of green spaces can bring many benefits for whole communities and the wider economy, as well as the immediate environment and the health and well-being of people who visit.

‘The Land Trust Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work that our managing partners do to achieve these charitable aims across our sites. Every park, nature reserve or piece of open space has a positive impact on the wildlife, environment and people who live nearby, and it’s really inspiring to get together and celebrate some of their stories and successes.’

‘It also gives us the opportunity to recognise the tireless work of all the volunteers who get involved with their local sites. They think nothing of giving up their time and we do all we can to ensure that their efforts benefit them in return, whether through the mental and physical well-being gains, the skills they learn or the friends they make.’