The Broads National Park has made the shortlist as one of the top five National Parks in the UK in a BBC Countryfile Magazine competition.
The shortlist was drawn up based on recommendations from members of the public and people are now being asked to vote for their favourites in each of 10 categories.
The magazine noted about the Broads National Park: “Britain’s largest protected wetland is a mysterious, marvellous landscape, with a quarter of the country’s rarest wildlife.”
And the BBC’s John Craven added: “The people that I have met who are involved with the administration of the Broads are very passionate about it. They do a very good job of balancing a huge leisure industry with wildlife and natural landscape.”
National Park of the year was not the only category to include the Broads, with the Holiday Destination of the Year including a nomination for Suffolk in which the Broads are listed as a key feature for their selection and in particular the River Waveney. The Broads have also been featured in the Reader Photo of the Year, with an image of Brograve Mill titled ‘Milling Around’ by Christopher Hill (pictured).
Speaking about the nomination, Greg Munford, chairman of Broads Tourism Limited, said:
“In May 2016 all the members of Broads Tourism voted to get behind the Broads National Park brand and this accolade of being in the final five of the Countryfile magazine ratifies the decision and is testament to the great work of the businesses within Broads Tourism and also our corporate partners who have helped develop three wonderful publications promoting the area. Along with the help of Broads Authority this has allowed us to launch the Visit the Broads website and social media presence. We encourage all of our members to promote the link countryfile.com/awards to help us win this prestigious award.”
Voting is now open and closes on March 5. You can vote online at countryfile.com/awards