A COASTAL park under threat of being destroyed in order to build a holiday park has won a UK-wide award.

The charity, Fields in Trust, has named Penrhos Coastal Park near Holyhead, Ynys Môn, as the UK’s Favourite Park 2022.

More than 30,000 votes were cast for parks, which represented a variety of green spaces, from large country parks to major city parks to small neighbourhood pockets of green.

Penrhos Coastal Park emerged as the overall UK winner having attracted the most votes from the public. It's the first time the overall winner has come from Wales - Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil, Roath Park in Cardiff and Pontypool Park in Torfaen have previously taken the Welsh crown but never the UK title.

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The award comes as Ynys Môn Council has granted planning permission to Land and Lakes - a company based in Cumbria - to build up to 500 chalets within the country park.

The company's plans include the felling of up to 27 acres of ancient woodland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

With parts of the woodland dating to the beginning of the 1700s, it's full of rare species of plants, trees, and wildlife, including red squirrels, badgers, bats, foxes and insects.

The charity, Fields in Trust, has named Penrhos Coastal Park near Holyhead, Ynys Môn, as the UK’s Favourite Park 2022. Photo: Achub PenrhosThe foreshore at Penrhos on Ynys Môn. Photo: Colin Kinnear CC BY-SA 2.0

Hilary Paterson-Jones, leader of the campaign to protect Penrhos Coastal Park, previously said that she would "tie herself to the tree" to stop Land and Lakes' plans.

Responding to the news of the Fields in Trust award, Ms Paterson-Jones said: "Thank you to each and every one of you who voted.

"This will now highlight how wrong the destruction of Penrhos, the UK's favourite park is.

"The planning permission granted by the Isle of Anglesey County Council to Land and Lakes should immediately be scrutinised and investigated.

"This application should be appealed for many legal reasons, one being in respect of land adversely affecting amenity to be made to Welsh Ministers 

"Who in their right mind would want to destroy the UK's favourite park?"