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News Mote Park is people’s choice

MAIDSTONE'S Mote Park is one of the UK’s favourite open spaces. It is ranked in the top 10 of the

Green Flag People Awards which attracted more than 30,000 votes for a variety of parkland across the United Kingdom. Mote Park was recognised in the "people's choice" category, which reflects its popularity among local people and visitors. Voters were asked to score the

park for its cleanliness, facilities, events and overall appeal. Maidstone Borough Council's

David Pickett said: "Mote Park rep- resents one of the finest and most popular attractions in the borough of Maidstone. "Thanks in no small part to the

range of events and activities hosted throughout the year, plus the magnificent maintenance work and the efforts of volunteers at the park, we’re exceptionally proud that Mote Park has been named among the UK’s 10 most popular public spaces. “Whether it’s for those looking to experience nature and wide-open spaces, to picnic with the family or enjoy the water sports, or even to welcome internationally acclaimed events and concerts,Mote Park rep- resents all that is great about the


International Green Flag Award Manager Paul Todd said: “We would like to congratulate Mote Park on being voted one of the UK’s 10 favourite parks – it is quite an achievement. “The Green Flag Awards are judged every year by more than 800 volunteer judges, but the Peo- ple’s Choice is the public’s oppor- tunity to vote for their favourite parks and it is wonderful that more than 30,000 people have done just that this year as the scheme cele- brates its 20th anniversary. “Winning a Green FlagAward is testament to the hard work of local authorities and the managers of

public green space up and down the country, along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers. More than 1,700 parks this year are flying the Green FlagAward and the Peo- ple’s Choice Award shows them just how much that hard work is

Pupils inspired by science

TALENTED pupils at St Simon Stock Catholic School spent a day in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the so-called STEM subjects. Representatives from 40 local organisations were

invited to the school to lead workshops to help pupils in years seven to 11 learn about career opportunities. Science teacher Julia Whitehead said: “Our pupils learned a lot in just one day and really enjoyed the variety of activities that they could access. This will hopefully inspiremany to take up future careers in STEM subjects”. Year 7 pupil Ben Glanfield is pictured at the event.

appreciated by the public.” Mote Park provides an all-

weather play area andwater sports facilities as well as annual events such as charity fun runs, music fes- tivals and nature trails. Photo by Russell Cleggett

Maidstone December 2016


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