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Join Chris Beardshaw and get involved with Love Parks Week
By: Steve Ott
Did you know, a massive 50% of us visit a park or green space at least once a week...
Love Parks Week is the only campaign for parks and green spaces; it fights for further investment and support through demonstrating the value and love that the sector and communities have for their green space. This year Love Parks Week already has 700 events registered with an estimated 690,000 people attending nationwide, but organisers GreenSpace insist that they must reach their target of gathering one million people into parks and green spaces throughout the week in order for the campaigns message to be listened too.
"We have gained increased sector support this year from organisations such as BTCV, Keep Britain Tidy, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Neighbourhoods Green, Walk England, British Waterways and Living Streets. Plus we have some fantastic Love Parks Week programmes in place for local authorities including Solihull, Plymouth, Falmouth and Carlisle, some of which are holding over 40 events. However we cannot stress enough how important it is to hold and register your own Love Parks Week event or encourage your networks to do so, this is the only way we can monitor the campaigns success." Said Kelly Caulfield, GreenSpace's Marketing Manager.
Chris Beardshaw, award winning garden designer and TV presenter, is the latest luminary to support Love Parks Week and is passionate about 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, takes place during the first week of the summer holidays, 23-31st July 2011. To find out how to get involved visit: www.loveparskweek.org.uk.
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