DO you love the swans at Victoria Park, enjoy the cafe at Runcorn Hill and love walking at Hale Park?

If so, it's time to nominate your favourite Green Flag award-winning parks in Runcorn and Widnes for a national People's Choice award.

Victoria Park in Widnes was among last year's People's Choice vote winners, beating hundreds of others to be in the top five in the UK.

Runcorn Hill Park also got into the top 25 making it a double win for Halton Borough Council and residents, with Hale Park also getting a good showing.

Voting started again this week for this year's contest to find the country's most loved 'Green Flag' parks.

And parks in Runcorn and Widnes need your votes.

Voting in the People's Choice awards closes this Monday (September 30) at 11.59pm. It success depends on you.

This year an army of experts awarded a record breaking number of Green Flag Awards to the UK's very best parks and green spaces.

The scheme is now asking the public to vote for their favourites.

Halton Borough Council's executive board member for the physical environment, Cllr Ron Hignett, said: "The publicity created with Victoria Park and Runcorn Hill Park doing so well last year, really put them on the map.

"It encouraged local people to visit them with a fresh set of eyes.

"Our parks are the jewels in Halton's crown and we continue to value them."

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award manager said: "The People's Choice Award is an opportunity to show how much your favourite park means to you.

"Make your voice heard and vote now."

Victoria Park was one of a top ten that includes a university campus, a town park, a woodland and a nature reserve. According to TripAdvisor it is the number one attraction in Widnes.

The Green Flag Awards Scheme ( is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.