Do you have a favourite park in Watford where you take your dog for a walk, go for a jog or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll? It's now time to vote for it and help it get the recognition it deserves.

Watford Borough Council is encouraging the town’s residents and visitors to nominate Cassiobury Park and Oxhey Park for this year’s People’s Choice Park Award.

The award, which is run by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, celebrates the best and most beautiful of the nation’s green spaces based on the views of park users.

Watford Observer: Cassiobury ParkCassiobury Park (Image: Watford Borough Council)

Last year, Cassiobury Park, Oxhey Park and Oxhey Activity Park were nominated in the top ten parks in the UK, with more than 18,000 people casting their vote.

To cast your vote, all you need to do is:

- Go to

- Select 'East of England' on the interactive map

- Find your favourite park or green space in Watford. You can vote for any of Watford’s 17 Green Flag parks, but the council is encouraging people to concentrate the votes for a better chance of winning.

- Click the 'vote for this site' button.

- Once you’ve registered your vote, you can encourage others to get involved through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice

Watford Observer: Oxhey ParkOxhey Park (Image: Watford Borough Council)

Seventeen of Watford’s parks and open spaces have already been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the country, which is the highest number in Hertfordshire.

All of Watford’s parks are managed in partnership with Veolia, with help from dozens of volunteers who give their time to ensure the town’s green spaces are as clean and welcoming as possible.

Watford Observer: Oxhey Activity ParkOxhey Activity Park (Image: Watford Borough Council)

Watford mayor Peter Taylor said: “Having 17 Green Flag Award winning parks in our town is a great achievement. It is testament to the hard work of local volunteers, Veolia and the council. Please vote for your favourite park so that it can get the recognition it deserves. Wouldn’t it be great to see Cassiobury Park or Oxhey Park voted the nation’s favourite park?”

Watford Observer: Cassiobury ParkCassiobury Park (Image: Watford Borough Council)

If you think your favourite park deserves to be in the top ten People’s Choice or want to help Cassiobury Park or Oxhey Park to be the overall winner of the People’s Choice Award, cast your vote now.

Voting closes on September 30, with the top ten winning sites announced in November.

Watford Observer:

There are 17 award-winning sites in Watford to choose from: Callowland Recreation Ground; Cassiobury Park; Cheslyn House and Gardens; Garston Park; Goodwood Recreation Ground; Harwoods Recreation Ground; King George V Playing Fields; Lea Farm Recreation Ground; North Watford Cemetery; Orchard Park; Oxhey Activity Park; Oxhey Grange Playing Fields/Watford Heath; Oxhey Park; Paddock Road Allotments; St Mary’s Churchyard; Waterfields Recreation Ground; Woodside Playing Fields.