Plymouth: love your park!

Are you batty about bats? Fancy a bit of art in the park or some meadow magic in Whitleigh?

People are being asked to hug their park as part of the national ‘Love Parks Week’ a celebration of all that’s green and pleasant in Plymouth.

An exciting programme of events, which starts on Friday 25 July and runs until 3 August, gives families and young people plenty to do in the great outdoors in and around Plymouth during the summer holiday.

The launch event is this Friday 25 July at noon in Central Park in front of the Life Centre.

Tonnes of events are going on all over the city and range from bug hunts, to a ‘bioblitz’, getting to grips with scythes as well as free tennis sessions and bike rides.

And as Britain’s Ocean City is also proud of its blue space as well as its green space, there are also activities on the shores of Plymouth Sound and the banks of the River Tamar.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “Plymouth has so much green space – we want to encourage people to visit the areas and try out new activities. We have worked incredibly hard with many different organisations to make the most of all our parks and open spaces and encourage more people to get involved.

“Love Parks Week is a chance to celebrate the amazing space we have on our doorstep and all the incredible work that goes on all year round to keep it amazing.

Over the last year, for instance, Ham Woods and Radford Woods have both been designated ‘Local Nature Reserves’, which means legal protection for both for future generations.

A playground at Kinterbury Creek play area on the banks of the Tamar in Barne Barton has been revamped; a new natural play area will open in Saltram Park and 15 local groups that help care for Plymouth’s natural space have been given funding to run events during the week, supported by Plymotion and Kew Garden’s Grow Wild Community Project
Full details of all events are on our website and a leaflet can be downloaded at

The Plymouth Plan sofa will also make an appearance at Drake’s Reservoir and Central Park during Love Parks Week to listen to people’s ideas about the future of Plymouth. This is part of a summer of discussions on everything from green space, transport, food and housing to help write the long term strategic plan for the city. Community groups will also be given the resources to hold their own discussions with local people.

Some facts and figures about Plymouth:

  • 40% of the city is identified as green space
  • It is surrounded by a European Marine Site, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a World Heritage Site and Dartmoor National Park.
  • Plymouth has over 225 green spaces – from the world-famous Hoe to the Bircham Valley Nature Reserve and Blagdon’s Meadow County Wildlife Site.
  • As well as 28 parks, there are nearly 150 playgrounds, nine special sites of scientific interest, 10 local nature reserves, six county wildlife sites and six regionally Important Geological Sites.
  • We also have a number of iconic species in and around the city including the Plymouth Pear, ancient trees, 14 species of bat, peregrine falcon, cirl bunting, otters, seahorses, sea-grass, and common dolphin.

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