Bat walks, litter picks, bike rides and volunteering are just some of the ways Plymouth is celebrating Love Parks Week (13 -22 July 2018).
Events are taking place at parks across Plymouth throughout the week and many of the events are open to everyone.
Love Parks Week is a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy and the theme this year is ‘It started in a park.’ Hundreds of parks across the country are inviting people to celebrate all that’s great about our parks, from learning to ride a bike to having our first experiences with nature or good times spent with family and friends.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “Love Parks week gives us a great opportunity to promote the variety of parks and green spaces we have in Plymouth, including all our designated wildlife reserves.
“I’d encourage everyone in Plymouth to get involved with Love Parks Week, we’ve got so many facilities available and there’s some wonderful events happening to suit all tastes.
“This is also an opportunity for families and communities to get out and enjoy this lovely weather in your local park.”
Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said “Many of us have fantastic memories that started in a park – whether it’s flying a kite, teaching our children to ride a bike, or a hundred other things.
“Let’s recreate those happy times and celebrate our fabulous green spaces by enjoying some time in your local park. Great things start in a park, and who knows what else will begin this Love Parks Week.”
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You can find your local park on our website here.
Activities taking place for Love Parks Week
|Monday 9 July||Open air performance with theatre company Stiltskin – with Holy Cross Primary School about marine plastic litter. At Teat’s Hill firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Monday 9 July||Bat and Moth evening. Find out about wildlife at night in this bat and moth survey. Efford Marsh – Next to Axe Close bus stop at the top of Deer Park Drive near Military Road, PL3 6RU.||email@example.com|
|Monday 9 July||Wildlife Volunteering – Efford Marsh||10.30am to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thursday 12 July||Beginner Bike Rides. These rides are specially aimed at adults (aged 16+) wanting to get back on their bikes and gain more confidence.||6.30pm to 8pm||www.letsride.co.uk|
|Thursday 12 July||Proposed designation of Newham Meadows – We would like to hear your views on the proposed designation of Newnham Meadows as a Local Nature Reserve.||5.30pm to 7pm||Wildlife@plymouth.gov.uk or
|Friday 13 July||Parent and baby buggy fit for new parents and their babies. Plymouth Life Centre.||9.30am to email@example.com
or call 01752 307008
|Friday 13 July||Litter Pick at St Levan Park, St Levan Road, Ford.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Saturday 14 July||Ladies only beginner running groups aimed at beginners and those who have not run for some time. Plymouth Life Centre.||9.15am to 10.15am||www.runtogether.co.uk|
|Saturday 14 July||Family Fun Day at St Levan Park.||11am to email@example.com|
|Sunday 15 July||Community Fun Day at Devonport Park.||11am to 4pm|
|Monday 16 July||Parent and baby buggy fit for new parents and their babies. Plymouth Life Centre.||9.30am to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01752 307008
|Monday 16 July||Join PCC and Devon Wildlife Trust to create a wildlife friendly space at West Hoe Park.||3pm to email@example.com|
|Tuesday 17 July||Bike rides aimed at women (aged 16+) wanting to get back on their bikes and gain more confidence. You will be supported by Breeze Champions on an easy-going traffic free route. Plym Valley Woods.||6.15pm to 8.30pm||www.letsride.co.uk|
|Tuesday 17 July||Wildlife Volunteering at Ernesettle Creek- help care for your local nature reserve and learn new skills. Meet opposite the bus stop just off Lakeside Drive where it meets Tangemere Avenue, Ernesettle, PL5 2SJ||10.30am to 3.30pm||www.facebook.com/ActiveNeighbourhoodsProject|
|Wednesday 18 July||Ladies only waking or running group at Devonport Park, suitable for everyone, including those who have not exercised for a while, or who would like to try something new.||9.15am to 10.30am||Sports Development Unit on 01752 307008|
|Wednesday 18 July.||Steady Bike ride at Tothill Community Centre. These rides are specially aimed at adults (aged 16+) wanting to get back on their bikes and gain more confidence. You will be supported by Ride Leaders on an easy-going traffic free route.||6.30pm to 8.30pm||www.letsride.co.uk|
|Wednesday 18 July.||Beginner running groups aimed at beginners and those who have not run for some time. Plymouth Life Centre.||6.15pm to 7.15pm||www.runtogether.co.uk|
|Wednesday 18 July.||Beginner running groups aimed at beginners and those who have not run for some time. Nuffield Health and Leisure Centre.||6pm to 7pm||www.runtogether.co.uk|
|Thursday 19 July||Beginner bike rides aimed at adults aged 16 plus who want to get on their bikes and gain more confidence. Plym Valley Woods.||6.30pm to 8pm||www.letsride.co.uk|
|Friday 20 July||Parent and baby buggy-fit session at Plymouth Life Centre. Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities and all are welcome.||9.30am to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01752 307008
|Friday 20 July||Central Park memories with Fotonow and Friends of Central Park. If you have an interesting story or memory about Central Park, come and share it so it can be included in the timeline.||10.45am and 5pm|
|Saturday 21 July||Central Park skate park official opening, featuring competitions and prizes, music, food and raffles.||12pm to 4pm||Andrew.email@example.com|
|Saturday 21 July||Stoke Village and Blockhouse Park Fun Day||11am to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Saturday 21 July||Ladies only beginner running group aimed at both beginners and those who have not run for a long time.||9.15am to 10.15am||www.runtogether.co.uk|
|Saturday 21 July||Challenging bike ride from Tothill Community Centre– these rides are especially aimed at adults (16 plus) wanting to get back on their bikes and gain more confidence. You will be supported by Ride Leaders on an easy-going traffic free route.||10am to 2pm||www.letsride.co.uk|