Support urged for Love Parks Week

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The key messages of this year’s Love Parks Week will be supported by South Derbyshire District Council as it looks to encourage local people to protect, respect and love the area’s parks and green spaces.

This year those messages take on added importance following the greatly increased usage of parks during the Pandemic. Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing, and yet, those green spaces have been under immense pressure, with local authorities reporting they collected, on average, an extra 57 tonnes of litter during the first lockdown alone. 

The Council, along with Love Parks Week organisers, Keep Britain Tidy, will be encouraging local residents to…

Protect – with a call to government to address urgent issues affecting our green spaces, including funding, access, climate change and biodiversity.  

Respect – by observing a simple code to explain how to respect green spaces

Love – By visiting parks either for organised activities or for leisure activity with family or on your own.

A wide range of different activities will be taking part in Council Parks during the week, including;

Maurice Lea Memorial Park

Saturday 24th July 2021 and Saturday 31st July 2021 – Bootcamp - 10am – Book on line via carol@cazannfitness.co.uk

Tuesday 27th July 2021 – Senior Adults Tennis – 10 – 12noon - FREE Tennis sessions for over 50s. See pic attached.  Contact the Parklife Officer for details Email: culturalservices@southderbyshire.gov.uk   

Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th July 2021 – Swad Joggers – 6pm to 8pm – FREE See Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/swadjoggers

Thursday 29th July 2021 – Senior Adult Bowls – 2pm to 4pm.  FREE bowls sessions for over 50s. Contact the Parklife Officer for details Email: culturalservices@southderbyshire.gov.uk

Saturday 31st July 2021 – and Sunday 1st August 2021 – Bikeability – Learn to Ride sessions - 10am to 2pm £5 per participant NOW FULLY BOOKED but more sessions available Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October.

Eureka Park

Saturday 24th July 2021 and Saturday 31st July 2021 – Bootcamp – 9am – Book on line via www.primalinstinct.com

Newhall Park

Friday 23rd July 2021 Conservation Task Day 10.30 am to 3.30pm – Contact the Parklife Officer for details - culturalservices@southderbyshire.gov.uk

Councillor, Gordon Rhind, Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council Housing and Community Services Committee, said: “Love Parks Week is the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation of local parks and green spaces, take part in activities and help look after of these valuable local assets. I would encourage everyone to get involved and show their love for our parks.”

15 July 2021