A Scottish park has been recognised with a top UK award. Rouken Glen Park in East Renfrewshire, which was originally gifted to the people of Glasgow in 1906, was named the UK's Best Park of 2016. The shortlist for the Fields in Trust award included Castle Gardens in County Antrim, Pontypool Park in Torfaen, and Preston Park Rockery in East Sussex. Fields in Trust was established in 1925 by King George V as the National Playing Fields Association. Rouken Glen Park is a 143-acre historic park located next to Thornliebank, Giffnock and Newton Mearns, about six miles to the south of Glasgow city centre.
Six areas in the UK will soon be trying out broadband technology that provides data at speeds approaching one gigabit per second (gbps). Businesses, schools and hospitals will be the first to try out the "full fibre" network technology. The pilots will be run in Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. The government will spend about £10m getting the pilots up and running. The technology involved is known as full-fibre because it takes high-speed cables directly to premises.
This month's round-up of industry appointments include movers and shakers at NHS Wales Informatics Service, System C, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire CCGs and Liva Healthcare. Helen Thomas has taken on the role of interim director of the NHS Wales Informatics Service, leading up to the December departure of NWIS director Andrew Griffiths. Previously the NWIS information services director, Helen is working collaboratively with Andrew Griffiths over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. She will act as interim director, as NWIS transitions to a new Special Health Authority. Prior to her appointment as NWIS director of information in 2017, she was the assistant director of Information at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABMU) Health Board, with responsibility for providing the information needed to evaluate service delivery and to support service improvement and transformation.
Winchester is the best place to live in the UK in terms of quality of life, a study has found. Scotland's Orkney Islands took second place, while Wychavon in Worcestershire came third in the Halifax study. It looked at a range of factors including life expectancy, health and employment rates. One key measure was Winchester's weekly earnings which, at £824, were found to be 27% higher than the UK average of £646. The Derbyshire Dales, Hambleton in North Yorkshire, South Cambridgeshire, Purbeck in Dorset, St Albans in Hertfordshire, Wokingham in Berkshire and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire also featured in the top 10.
As we head into mid-October, we take a look at autumnal scenes from around the UK, including pumpkin patches in Nottinghamshire, grape harvests in East Sussex, and rutting stags in London. Photographer Neil Squires captured these dawn views over the River Trent at Gunthorpe, Nottingham. Clear skies gave photographer James Dadzitis the chance to capture beautiful aerial images of the trees at The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum, Devon. And in Amberley in the South Downs National Park, sunrise highlighted the mist hanging in the early morning air. People standing on a bridge over the River Barry near the village of Killiecrankie, Perthshire, saw the autumnal colours reflected in the water below them.