Loving our parks!

Residents interested in volunteering have been enjoying the chance to get weeding, pruning and scrub clearing at a series of events in the city’s parks, gardens and open spaces.

‘Meet the gardener’ volunteering sessions have been a popular addition to the council’s Love Parks Week programme, which runs until Sunday July 23.

The events are designed to showcase the work of volunteers and to encourage residents of all ages to make the most of their local parks and open spaces.

Other events range from Healthwalks and gardening clubs to pond clearing and after school play sessions.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, who joined volunteers and head gardener George Harris at Preston Park Walled Garden earlier this week said: “We know how much residents love and value their parks and open spaces - thousands told us when they took part in our Big Parks Conversation last year with many expressing an interest in volunteering.

“The Love Parks Week events are offering a chance to enjoy and explore the city’s parks and open spaces, but also to find out about the many volunteering opportunities available.”

Further volunteering events are taking place at The Level on Thursday, Withdean Stadium Woods on Friday, St Ann’s Well Gardens on Saturday and Preston Park on Sunday.

Visitors to Stanmer Park are being invited to share thoughts and images  of their favourite views, tell walks and cycle rides on twitter @brightonhoveCC #loveparksstanmer

Or by email: parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk