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Show the love and respect for your local green space
People across the country are being urged to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy their local parkland. Love Parks Week 2021 started on July 23 and runs until Sunday 1 August. The national event, which is being supported by Lichfield District Council. asks everyone to love, respect and protect their local parks. Keep Britain Tidy's Love Parks Week celebrates and showcases parks across the UK, while educating visitors on how to respect these much-loved spaces. Local parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline during the coronavirus lockdowns of the past 16 months. Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing. And yet, green spaces have been under immense pressure across the UK, with an extra 57 tonnes of litter collected during the first lockdown alone.
As part of its involvement in this year's Love Parks Week, Lichfield District Council is sending out a rallying cry to love, respect, and protect parks throughout the summer of 2021 and beyond. This includes six simple steps to show respect for local parks and green spaces. They are: 1. Be friendly and share the space
2. Respect those working in the park 3. If the bins are full take litter home and any recyclable items 4. Care for nature and do not cause damage or disturb wildlife 5. Keep your dog under control, and bag and bin dog poo – any bin will do 6. Only use BBQs if allowed and don't light fires
Councillor Iain Eadie, the council's Cabinet Member responsible for parks, said: "We are really proud of our parks across the district and love seeing the joy they bring to our residents and visitors. To get involved in this Love Parks Week, you can show some love by posting a photo of your local park on social media using the hashtag #LoveParks and tagging in Lichfield District Council. The week is also a chance to reset some behaviours to make sure our green spaces are pleasant environments for everyone, which includes keeping them free of litter and dog fouling and protecting wildlife."