Show that we love our parks

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOURVIEWS -

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

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