In the summertime all of us wish to go for walks, runs and have picnics within the parks with our associates, surrounded by the inexperienced house in all its glory.

However with excessive pollen ranges throughout the nation, hay fever victims can discover going for walks in inexperienced areas much less interesting – with worries that you just’ll have a sneezing match, your eyes will begin pouring or your face may even start to swell.

When you’re experiencing allergy-like signs akin to sneezing, itching and swelling, it’s necessary to first take a meals allergy take a look at to grasp what is perhaps inflicting these signs. Pollen meals syndrome may trigger individuals to expertise signs of an allergy when consuming sure sorts of uncooked fruit or greens, which often happens in individuals with hay fever.

To assist individuals handle their hay fever signs as greatest as attainable, YorkTest has performed analysis into the very best and worst parks within the UK for hay fever victims. With extra individuals working from residence during the last two years, hay fever victims who wrestle each day could even contemplate relocating to an space with a decrease pollen rely to assist them handle their signs higher.

We now have analysed the grass pollen rely within the areas surrounding the 100 largest public parks within the nation, to offer an thought for Brits on the areas that would set off a hay fever assault – and the place could also be greatest for avoiding the itchy throat and watery eyes.

The ten greatest parks for low pollen counts

It’s excellent news for Scottish walkers. Eight out of ten of the parks analysed with the bottom pollen rely over a five-day common are primarily based in Scotland, together with Airds Park in Argyll and Bute which had a grass pollen common of simply 1.8 grains per cubic metre. That is in comparison with the very best park’s common of 149.4 grains per cubic metre in Dorset.

Equally, Gleniffer Braes in Renfrewshire, Mugdick Nation Park in Stirling and Loirston Nation Park in Aberdeen all featured within the high 10 with a low pollen rely on common. 

Rank Park Space Common grass pollen rely [grains/m³] 5-day common
1 Airds Park Argyll and Bute 1.8
2 Fritton lake Nice Yarmouth, Suffolk 11
3 Gleniffer Braes Nation Park Elderslie, Renfrewshire 11.6
4 Lamington Park (Alfie Burn) Highland, Ross and Cromarty 11.8
5 Mugdock Nation Park Strathblane, Stirling and Falkirk 13.4
=5 Dams To Darnley Nation Park Glasgow, Renfrewshire 13.4
7 John Muir Nation Park East Lothian 14.6
8 Culzean Nation Park South Ayrshire, Ayrshire and Arran 15.8
9 Croxteth Corridor and Nation Park Liverpool, Merseyside 19.2
10 Loirston Nation Park Metropolis of Aberdeen 22.6

The 20 worst parks for hay fever victims

Primarily based on our analysis, residents of Dorset, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and Leicestershire are prone to be among the many worst hit by excessive pollen counts when out and about in inexperienced areas.

Moors Valley Nation Park in Dorset has the very best grass pollen rely over a five-day common interval with 148.4 grains of grass pollen per metre cubed, suggesting that walkers within the Ashley Heath space particularly may wrestle.

Stanwick Lakes, the character protect in Stanwick, Northamptonshire, has the second largest pollen rely within the space, adopted by Dodington Park in Gloucestershire.

Rutland Water additionally has a excessive pollen rely, with grass pollen counts anticipated to achieve 251 grains per cubic metre on in the future.

Rank Park Space Common grass pollen rely [grains/m] 5-day common
1 Moors Valley Nation Park Ashley Heath, Dorset 149.4
2 Stanwick Lakes Nation Park Stanwick, Northamptonshire 127.6
3 Dodington Park Bristol, Gloucestershire 126.6
4 Rutland Water Whitwell, Rutland 122.2
5 Coombe Nation Park Rugby, Warwickshire 120.4
6 Spye Park Bromham, Wiltshire 118.2
7 Lulworth Park East Lulworth, Dorset 115
8 Kingsbury Water Park Warwickshire 99.2
9 Petworth Park Chichester, West Sussex 99.2
10 Marston Vale Millennium Nation Park Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire 98.8
11 Staunton Nation Park Havant, Hampshire 97.4
12 Sherwood Forest Nation Park Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire 95.8
13 Lickey Hills Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 94
=13 Arrow Valley Park Redditch, Worcestershire 94
15 Paices Wooden Nation Parkland Aldermaston, Berkshire 92.2
16 Bradgate Park Charnwood, Leicestershire 90.4
17 Ferry Meadows Nation Park Peterborough, Cambridgeshire 89.4
18 Sutton Park Wyre Forest, West Midlands 88.8
19 Queen Elizabeth Nation Park East Hampshire, Hampshire 86
20 Shipley Nation Park Amber Valley,, Derbyshire 85.6

Sal Hanvey, knowledgeable nutritionist at YorkTest commented on the analysis:

“Hay fever impacts one in 4 individuals within the UK based on the Natasha Allergy Analysis Basis, which equals round 16 million individuals. Early in the summertime, grass pollen might be particularly excessive, triggering allergic reactions and affecting your day-to-day life as you go for walks, train outdoor and socialise with your mates.

“This analysis has been performed to spotlight the areas the place individuals could wish to take further precautions within the subsequent few weeks in the event that they know that they’re usually vulnerable to pollen reactions. It’s additionally value noting for anybody who is consistently scuffling with pollen allergic reactions within the early summer season months – incase they’re contemplating relocation.

“I’d at all times advocate consulting your physician earlier than taking any new treatment, and exploring whether or not different cures additionally assist to handle and alleviate your hay fever signs. This could embrace taking extra frequent showers, repeatedly altering your garments when the pollen rely is excessive, and even your food regimen. Some meals and drinks are wealthy in histamines which trigger the puffy eyes and runny nostril, akin to alcohol, yoghurt and even avocados. Chances are you’ll want to analysis extra anti-histamine meals and incorporate these into the food regimen in peak hay fever season, as this may increasingly properly reduce the severity of your signs in a pure method.” 

Notes to editors


Utilizing the Ordnance Survey’s record of the 100 greatest parks in England, Scotland and Wales, YorkTest analysed the anticipated grass pollen ranges in every geographic space over the course of a five-day interval utilizing It then got here up with a median of the five-day interval to create this index.