The Broads National Park could be voted the best National Park in the UK!

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The exciting news has just broken that the Broads National Park is in with a chance of being voted the UK’s best National Park for 2018.

BBC Countryfile Magazine has shortlisted the Broads National Park as one of the United Kingdom’s top five National Parks and now they’re in with a chance of being voted number one.

The Broads are arguably one of the most unique of all the National Parks, not conforming to the classic rugged landscapes which are synonymous with ‘park status’ and instead showcasing the variety of the UK’s landscapes, with its winding waterways, whispering reed beds and otherworldly wildlife which won’t be seen anywhere else in the world. As an area that covers 0.1% of the country but is responsible for a quarter of its rarest wildlife, The Broads National Park stands a good chance of winning the prestigious title –but only with your help!

Of their decision to shortlist the Broads National Park, BBC Countryfile Magazine explained “Britain’s largest protected wetland is a mysterious, marvellous landscape.” With the BBC’s John Craven enthusing “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.”

Milling around © Christopher Hill
This fantastic image of Brograve Mill in the Broads National Park has been nominated for Countryfile Magazine's Reader Photo of the Year (© Christopher Hill)

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 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.

So tarry no longer, go away from this blog post and vote for the Broads National Park! If you love all things water, wherries and wildlife then help share the Broads-love around by visiting and casting your all-important vote, the deadline is the 5th March 2018.