Show that we love our parks
Parks matter to people.
Every year we make more than 2.6 billion visits to our parks and green spaces, which equates to 520 times more visits than are made to the top 20 free attractions in the UK in a year.
Our parks are a resource that are used and valued by every section of the community – 90 per cent of families with children under five, and 57 per cent of adults, have visited a park at least once in the past month.
Keep Britain Tidy is launching the 11th annual Love Parks Week, where communities across the country come together in their parks to celebrate them and show the world that parks matter to them.
This year, the campaign is encouraging everyone to ‘have a heart’ and tell the world - via social media - just why they love their park.
Keep Britain Tidy’s ambassador Kirstie Allsopp and TV gardener Christine Walkden are supporting the campaign and have already shared with the world just why they love their park on Twitter and we are encouraging everyone who cares about parks to do the same.
Our parks really are a national treasure and we need to support them if we want to protect them for future generations.
These are tough times for parks managers and last year 92 per cent of them reported that they had had their budgets cut in the past three years, so parks need our support and we need to show those who hold the purse strings that parks matter to people across the UK.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep.
We work to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public space.
We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches.
To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org. Allison Ogden-Newton
Chief executive Keep Britain Tidy