RECTORY Park has been nominated to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge award.
Chairman of the Friends of Rectory Park Jack Jennings welcomed the wonderful news which would safeguard the popular park for generations to come through placing a covenant on the land by means of a Deed of Dedication.
Sutton MP Andrew Mitchell has also given his support to the local park and is urging Sutton Coldfield residents to do the same.
I have been online to vote and hope that many other local residents will also vote. This is a great way for Sutton to be involved in the Diamond Jubilee as well as the Olympics, he said.
The Challenge aims to protect 2012 sites by 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics. Although not a grant aid system, the Fields Challenge status can attract funding from other grant agencies and Rectory Park has just been awarded a s3,420 grant from the Forestry Commission to create a new woodland area in the heart of the park.
It has also recently created a wild meadow to attract more plants and wildlife.
Rectory is one of seven in the city to be nominated and the only park in Sutton to have been put forward.
The parks are now undergoing a public vote to decide if the achieve their status and locals are urged to visit www.qe2fields.com and search for postcode B75 7BD to vote for Rectory Park which has less than eighty votes so far.
Voting closes next Friday, November 18.