Over the last 18 months we’ve all been spending more time out and about in our local parks and green spaces, so it’s never been more important to look after them. Keep Britain Tidy are using Love Parks week to remind us that we need to Love, Respect and Protect our parks and green spaces so we can all enjoy them.
Many local authorities have had to invest huge amount of money clearing litter and dealing with anti-social behaviour, 81% had to spend more on clearing up litter, 79% on bin emptying and 72% on maintaining public order or enforcing lockdown rules.
Many local authorities are putting on events in parks in celebration of the week. Find out what’s happening near you by checking out the hashtag #LoveParks on social media, or contacting your local park.
How you can help
Take your litter home
Bins are often full or overflowing so if you’re going to the park for a picnic or to socialise with friends remember to bring an empty carrier or bin bag with you to take your rubbish home. Rubbish can also be harmful to wildlife so take it home and recycle it where you can.
Help with a local litter pick
Lots of local community groups are organising litter picks of local green spaces. If you can spare an hour or two why not get involved? It’s a great way for young children to learn about keeping their environment clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.
Keep off the grass
We’re encouraged to keep certain areas in our green spaces clear from us humans to protect plants and wildlife. Remember to always read the signs at the green spaces you visit to make sure you are keeping wildlife safe.