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Uphill Hill voted top picnic spot
Uphill Hill
Uphill Hill will battle it out against nine other picnic spots for the top prize

A picnic spot near Weston-super-Mare has been named the best site in the South West by the British public.

Uphill Hill will now battle it out against nine other favourite picnic sites from around the UK in the final.

Uphill beat locations such as Bath's Alexandra Park and Cornwall's Kynance Cove, who claimed second and third respectively in the regional heat.

The winner of Warburtons Best Picnic Spot 2009 will be announced the week commencing June 15, 2009.

Uphill Hill, owned by North Somerset Council, is a local nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the holder of the prestigious Green Flag award.

For winning the regional heat, Uphill will be presented with a £500 cash bursary.

Thanks to this Uphill Hill is a beauty spot which everyone can enjoy
Councillor Elfan Ap Rees

If Uphill goes on to be voted the nation's top picnic site, it will receive a further £500 cash bursary and a picnic award plaque.

"The fact that Uphill Hill has been recognised as the South West's favourite picnic spot is a tribute to the local volunteers who help the council look after the site," said the council's deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees.

"The careful management and maintenance of the site is a real team effort.

"Thanks to this Uphill Hill is a beauty spot which everyone can enjoy.

"I am delighted it has won the regional heat and would now urge everyone to vote for it in the national final."

To find out more about the competition, including how to vote for Uphill Hill, check out North Somerset Council Council's website.




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