FIVE of Wirral's green spaces are in the running to be named the UK's Best Park.

Organised by Fields in Trust, the competition sets out to find the nation's favourite park over the summer months.

Nominations for the awards closed on July 1 - with five of the borough's many green spaces shortlisted.

Now it is down to the public to vote for the winner and then the parks with the most votes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will then be shortlisted.

The overall winner of UK's Best Park will be revealed in September following the end of Fields in Trust's Summer of Parks campaign.

Here are the five shortlisted parks for Wirral:

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Birkenhead Park

Based on Park Drive in Birkenhead, it is the world's first publicly funded park designed by Joseph Paxton, Birkenhead Park opened in 1847 and it is most notably known as being the inspiration for Central Park in New York.

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Coronation Park, Greasby

Based at the heart of Greasby, Coronation Park boasts tennis courts, a children's play area and a bowling green - not to mention three regularly used football pitches.

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Eastham Country Park

Set on the banks of the River Mersey, Eastham Country Park includes a visitor information centre, a tea garden and plenty of picnic areas, spread over 100 acres of land. It was home to a ferry service between Eastham and Liverpool and in 1846 the area was landscaped with gardens - later on in its history, a zoo was even added to the site and included a monkey enclosure, lions den and a bear pit.

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Hamilton Square Gardens, Birkenhead

Nestled within the historic surroundings of Hamilton Square, a site which has the most Grade I listed buildings outside of London, the gardens house a Queen Victoria architectural sandstone monumental spire, a war memorial and regimental commemorative stones plus bronze statue of John Laird, the son of Scottish shipbuilder William Laird who commissioned architect James Gillespie Graham to design the square and named it after his wife's family.

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Vale Park, New Brighton

Opening in May 1899, the Victorian park is built around Vale House, the original family home of Charles Holland. He travelled the world and returned with botanical specimens which were then planted in his garden, the house is now a community centre and cafe. It also features a famous bandstand which regularly hosts live music.

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