Oxford Brookes campuses feature twice in the UK's Top Ten favourite parks

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Two of Oxford Brookes University's campuses have today been voted into the top ten of the country's most cherished green spaces in the annual People's Choice Award public poll.

Two of Oxford Brookes University’s campuses have today been voted into the top ten of the country’s most cherished green spaces in the annual People’s Choice Award public poll.


All Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces were entered into the annual poll, which saw thousands of people voting for their favourite green space.

This is the first year Oxford Brookes has entered the Green Flag Awards, with the university’s Harcourt Hill Campus claiming sixth spot with Headington Campus coming in at number nine.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University, commented on the announcement by saying: “The recognition of two of our campuses as being in the top ten favourite green spaces in the country is a fantastic achievement. The People’s Choice Award acknowledges the excellent work of our grounds staff who do a exceptional job in providing inspiring environments for our students, staff and the local community.”

Tom Williams, Grounds Manager for Oxford Brookes, said: “We are delighted to have received national recognition for the grounds at Headington Hill and Harcourt Hill. I would like to thank the grounds team for their hard work in ensuring that Oxford Brookes’ grounds add beauty and character to our landscape and local community.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme manager, added: “Congratulations to Oxford Brookes University who feature twice in this year’s People’s Choice Award top ten, proof that both the Harcourt Hill and Headington campuses have a special place in the heart of the local community. Quality parks and green spaces play a vital role within local communities and having access to places like Harcourt Hill and Headington is important to us all.”

Over 13,000 votes where received this year with sites ranging from traditional parks and country parks to university campuses and cemeteries featuring in the top ten.

The People’s Choice Award 2011 top ten are:
Rank Name of site
1 The Old Station, Tintern, Monmouthshire
2 Warley Woods, Sandwell, West Midlands
3 Cassiobury Park, Watford
4 Whiteknights, University of Reading
5 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Waterlooville, Hampshire
6 Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford Brookes University
7 Apex Leisure & Wildlife Park, Burnham on Sea, Somerset
8 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, East London
9 Oxford Brookes University Headington Campus
10 Tipton Cemetery, Sandwell, West Midlands

The Green Flag Awards are given to the best free to enter green spaces in the country. In 2011 1,290 sites received the award. To find out more visit the Green Flag Award website.

More images of the Headington Hill and Harcourt Hill campuses are available from the Oxford Brookes Flickr account.