An 18th century Grade 2 listed site has been nominated for the best park in the UK and is now relying on its visitors to secure it as the top park in the country.

Durham County Council’s Hardwick Park is one of three parks in the North East to be nominated in the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park alongside Gosforth Central Park and Vynear Park.

Coralie Niven, parks and countryside programme officer, said: “Hardwick Park is a beautiful green space where families can enjoy a stroll, play in the park and take in the natural environment.

“We’d like to encourage everyone to support the park by voting for it before the deadline.

It’s incredible that the park has been nominated, but it would be even more amazing if the park was named as UK’s Best Park.”

In the 18th Century Hardwick Estate was owned by John Burdon who transformed it into a natural looking garden. After years of neglect, the council restored it to its natural beauty with the help of a £4.1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work was completed in 2010.

Other green spaces valued by their local communities such as nature reserves, community gardens, sports fields and playgrounds, are also included in the nominations.

To vote for Hardwick Park, visit Voting closes on Wednesday 9 November 2016. For more information about Hardwick Park visit