Love Parks Week 2009

July 25 to August 2, 2009 is “Love Parks Week” in Britain

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Love Parks Week is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the summer. We're celebrating all that parks have to offer, so why not visit your local park during the campaign to show what it means to you?

Love Parks Week is an annual campaign, organized by parks charity GreenSpace.

Founded in 2006, the campaign has grown steadily and is now established as a major event that is celebrated in parks across the country. Each year hundreds of events take place, attracting extensive media coverage and enabling thousands of people to get out and enjoy their parks.

Love Parks Week 2009 will take place between Saturday 25 July and Sunday 2 August. This year we are asking as many people as possible to get into parks to join our campaign for continued investment and support for these valuable assets. By holding an event in a park, or even just attending one, you will be helping to send the message that parks are an essential part of every community.

GreenSpace is a registered charity working to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals. To find out more visit

This is a serious campaign not just for the users of parks and open spaces; the providers of same need to get involved with activities too.

There are only a couple of weeks to go and it is time we got our act together and did something; those of us that do parks, I mean.

Parks and open spaces, open to the public, came about in Britain as a result of the Public Health Act in the middle of the nineteenth century and it's subsequent additions to the same.

This act made it a statutory obligation for local authorities to provide x-amount of green space per resident and many of the playing fields and such that have been sold off during the later twentieth century have, in fact, been sold off illegally.

Many public parks and open spaces today, despite the laws, are under threat and only be using them can we ensure that the municipalities think twice with regards to putting them to a different use. So, go and use your parks and not just at “Love Parks Week”.

© 2009