Westfield Parish Council will be among hundreds of parks across the country taking part in Love Parks Week 2023.

The campaign, from 28th July to 6th August, brings together local authorities, green space managers, landowners, residents and community organisations to celebrate and support our green spaces and the environment on our doorstep.

This year’s week of action also aims to address inequality in women and girls feeling able to safely access parks.

Many experience and fear different forms of intimidation and violence, such as unwelcome remarks and gestures, reducing their freedom to enjoy and benefit from our green spaces.

Keep Britain Tidy is advocating for all women and girls to be able to safely access and use local green spaces.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “The Love Parks campaign would not be possible without the backing of our local authority partners, park managers and landowners.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support from Westfield Parish Council”

“As the operator of the Green Flag Award for high quality parks, we believe parks and play spaces should be designed and managed in a way that makes them reassuring and welcoming to women and girls and we would urge all the partners we work with to have consideration for this research.”

Westfield Parish Council will be holding a series of events to mark Love Parks week including:

‘Lunchtime litter pick’ – everyone is invited to join the office team in a litter pick at Norton Hill Recreation Ground on Tuesday, 1st August at midday.

‘Park Bingo’ – please see our website for your copy! Hard copies can be collected from our office on Cobblers Way from 1st – 3rd August between 10am – 2pm!

‘Photography competition’ – send your photos of green spaces or parks in Westfield for a chance to feature in our quarterly magazine, the Westfield Warbler, on our website and social media channels. Please email your entries to; council@westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk

‘Have your say’ - complete our short survey about local green spaces and parks here; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F7MJ2H5

This year’s campaign is made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.