Love Parks Week helps 'overlooked' green spaces

From 29 July, Love Parks Week will be run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which stepped in to save the campaign at the last minute following the closure of parks charity GreenSpace in March.

The week includes hundreds of events across the UK. The week is supported by the Big Lottery Fund. Manager is Paul Todd. He said: "These spaces are vital to every community and can make a major contribution to people’s health and the local economy. Love Parks Week provides the opportunity for people to show how much they care about them. Otherwise in this time of budget cuts, we could be in danger of losing these valuable community assets."

Keep Britain Tidy said: "At a time when local authorities are facing tough budget decisions and services are being stretched, often parks are overlooked when compared to other local services deemed more critical. However, there is a wealth of evidence demonstrating how local parks offer cheap ways of staying fit and healthy, while also offering a boost to local house prices and businesses.
 
"With this in mind, Love Parks Week is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that our parks will only survive if  local communities demonstrate how much they value them and get involved.
 
See www.loveparksweek.org.uk
 
The charity’s Love Parks Week manager Paul Todd said: ‘Love Parks Week is the greatest nationwide celebration of parks and green space.
 
‘We hope that people will go out and enjoy the events at the fantastic green spaces we have across the UK.
 
People can search for events in their area at www.loveparksweek.org.uk
 
Keep Britain Tidy will be holding its own Love Parks Week celebration at Victoria Embankment Gardens in London on Monday, July 29, with a day of activities in the park, including tai chi, a teddy bears’ picnic, a table tennis tournament and a lunchtime concert featuring a Queen tribute band, showcasing in one place just a taste of the things that go on in parks up and down the country on a daily basis.

At the same time, it will be launching the Green Flag Awards for 2013, which recognise and reward the very best parks and green spaces in the country.


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