Never mind Glasgow’s fabled Botanic Gardens or the Victorian splendour of Kelvingrove – Rouken Glen is “officially” the best park north of the border.
Following a UK-wide vote to find the country’s favourite local green space Rouken Glen made it into the final four, and contest organisers Fields in Trust will announce the winner and present the award at their annual awards ceremony at the end of the month.
Altogether 214 UK parks were nominated and over 10,000 votes were cast with the top four parks shortlisted, one from each of the home nations.
Rouken Glen in Giffnock is up against Castle Gardens in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Pontypool Park in Torfaen, Wales; and Preston Park Rockery in Brighton, England – but even if it doesn’t clinch the UK title it has already achieved “must-visit” status by winning the Scottish title.
Visitor numbers at the park reached nearly a million last year, and it was described as “a place for people and nature” as part of its nomination.
The competition success also comes shortly after the popular visitor attraction received its sixth Green Flag Award for being well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.
The overall winner and UK’s Best Park 2016 will be announced at an event at Lords Cricket Ground in London on November 30.