Love Parks Week is the ultimate green campaign; it commands for our parks and green spaces to be supported and invested in, whilst delivering a whole week of mainly free, local, outdoor events. With already 700 events registered and nearly a month to go, we can safely say there is something for everyone all over the country, including large festivals and fairs, many open-air theatre and music performances, plus a whole array of educational and cultural workshops such as puppet-making, wild art and capoeira and fitness sessions such as group walks, tai chi and zumba.
Sometimes people overlook the many benefits our leafy parks and green spaces provide, from physical and mental health improvements to pure play and entertainment, plus let’s not forget the contribution they make to building communities and their enormous environmental benefit.
Chris Beardshaw, award winning garden designer and TV presenter is supporting Love Parks Week and is passionate about our green spaces, he said "I spent most of my youth outdoors and I think exploring a local park is a brilliant way to get children thinking about their surroundings and the community they live in. Britain’s parks are an invaluable legacy from the past – many are more than 100 years old – but they are an important part of our future. There is so much evidence now on the positive impact good green spaces have on our lives, be that our health and well-being, our social fabric, even helping the economy and reducing crime rates and the evidence is continuing to grow. By visiting a public green space and witnessing the passion and enthusiasm of those who create and maintain them, you can enliven the senses and help keep these spaces alive and vital.”
Love Parks Week, now in its fifth year, is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of such important resources, this year it is aiming to gather 1,000 events and attract a million people into parks and green spaces during the first week of the summer holidays – 23-31 July 2011. Enjoy your green space and celebrate Love Parks Week.
To find out how to get involved or to view a full list of events near you visit: www.loveparskweek.org.uk.