13 July 2017

We're loving our parks!

Gardeners, rangers and parks volunteers are gearing up for this year’s Love Parks Week from 14 to 23 July.

An exciting range of events is being planned to encourage residents of all ages to make the most of their local parks and open spaces and to get involved with volunteering.

Events already scheduled range from Healthwalks and gardening clubs to pond clearing and after school play sessions.

There’ll also be opportunities to get your hands dirty and join the volunteers working in gardens at Preston Park (including the walled garden and the rockery), Kipling Gardens, Queen’s Park and The Level.

Heathwalks are being planned for St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove Park, and Stanmer Park and there’s a chance to spot rare and beautiful butterflies at Sheepcote Valley.

Play-Tiger sessions for children will be held at Whitehawk Park , Hangleton Park, The Level, Wish Park and Saltdean Oval.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee 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 not only offer a chance to enjoy and explore the city’s parks and open spaces, but also to find out about the many volunteering opportunities available.”

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 emailin g them to parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

For more information, have a look at our programme of Love Parks Week events (PDF 289KB). Please note we've had to cancel the pond clearing in Queens Park planned for Saturday 15 July due to staff illness - sorry for any inconvenience.