The Preston Park Rockery has been shortlisted for a national award by the Fields in Trust in its quest to find Britain’s best park.
The rockery is one of four parks to make the charity’s shortlist from more than 200 nominations after more than 10,000 public votes were cast.
It is the top park in England – the other three parks are from other parts of the UK. They are Castle Gardens, in Antrim, Pontypool Park, in Torfaen, and Rouken Glen Park, in East Renfrewshire, just outside Glasgow.
Those nominating each of the four green spaces have been invited to Lord’s Cricket Ground for the Fields in Trust Awards on Wednesday 30 November when the overall winner will be announced.
Andy Jeavons, the garden manager at the Rockery, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with it being shortlisted.
“The final awards day should be a great day, whatever the result. I’m pleased to be representing CityParks and extremely proud to have just got this far.”
The rock garden has been lovingly restored by volunteers and CityParks staff with plants of year-round interest, including the winter months.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, who chairs the Brighton and Hove City Council Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “It’s great that the Rockery has been shortlisted for the UK’s Best Park and council staff and volunteers are getting the recognition they deserve for all their wonderful work.”