Botanic Gardens in Churchtown in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Running to Friday 5th August, Love Parks Week is a chance to visit and appreciate the many wonderful parks we have here in Southport and across Sefton.

Stand Up For Southport would love you to tell us about your favourite parks, and what you love most about them! 

Across the borough there are over 30 parks, including Botanic Gardens, Victoria Park, Hesketh Park, Kings Gardens, Bedford Park and others, and a further 183 greenspaces with 61 children’s play areas.

Many of them locally are maintained largely by volunteers, while a campaign is also being run by Make A Change For Botanic to improve the park. 

Whether it’s walking the dog, picnicking with friends, exercising and keeping fit, or pushing our little ones on a playground swing, they give our communities, our children, and our pets a vital space to play, grow, and bond.

Andy and the Odd Socks on stage at The Far Away Land Festival at Victoria Park in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Andy and the Odd Socks on stage at The Far Away Land Festival at Victoria Park in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

National Love Parks Week is set up to celebrate and support the efforts of volunteers and workers up and down the country who maintain and protect our green spaces. Sefton’s Parks are managed by the Council’s Green Sefton service but their work is supported by around 20 voluntary Friends organisations whose members give up their time to keep Sefton’s parks at their best.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: 

“Caring for our parks and greenspaces continues to be a priority for the Council and our Green Sefton team.

“Love Parks Week is an excellent opportunity to remind our residents and visitors of the role we all play in respecting and protecting our parks and greenspaces, which played such an important role in helping us all get through the pandemic.

The conservatory at Hesketh Park in Southport

The conservatory at Hesketh Park in Southport

“Whether you are a dog walker, keen jogger, or just enjoy a quiet stroll, it’s time to enjoy your local green space And all we ask is that you follow the simple rules, such as taking litter home to keeping dogs under control, to keep everyone safe and preserving the green beauty of our borough.”

Anyone who might have an interest in joining a ‘Friends of…’ park group or would like to spend more time at parks and greenspaces as a Park Ambassador should get in touch by email at greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos and videos of the various ways they Love, Respect and Protect our parks and tag @SeftonCouncil on Twitter, @OneCouncil on Facebook and @sefton_council on Instagram.

To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks and to learn more about Keep Britain Tidy and their work, go to www.keepbritaintidy.org/

Do you have a story for Stand Up For Southport? Please message Andrew Brown via Facebook here or email me at: mediaandrewbrown@gmail.com

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