23 Jul 2021

Love, Protect, Respect our parks

Islanders and visitors are being asked to help keep our beautiful island tidy and support keeping Island parks clean as part of a national campaign.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Your Parks Week aims to raise awareness of the issues caused by people who drop rubbish in parks.

The campaign, which runs from Friday 23 July to Sunday August 1, is partly in response to the extra 57 tonnes of litter increase that Local Authorities reported collecting on average during the first lockdown alone. The campaign is calling on us all to help love, protect and respect our parks.

This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline to so many of us during lockdown.

Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing. More than 40 per cent noticed that nature, wildlife, and visiting local green and natural spaces have been even more important to their wellbeing since the pandemic began.

In July 2020, 46 per cent of people responding to the People and Nature Survey by Natural England said they were spending more time outside during the pandemic than before. 

Our green spaces have been under immense pressure, with local authorities telling Keep Britain Tidy that on average they collected an extra 57 tonnes (per local authority) of litter during the first lockdown alone.

Love parks Week is a chance to celebrate your park and showcase the best of what your park has to offer, as well as educate visitors on how to respect the space when they visit.

It also ties in with the council’s Keep Our Beautiful Island Tidy campaign running over the summer which has already seen increased litter collection in places of heavy foot-fall, a new task and finish group looking at littering and fly-tip and recruitment of extra staff to keep parks,
public open spaces and beaches clean and safe, while promoting local amenities and businesses and supporting a safer community and cleaner environment.

Cabinet lead for environment and waste, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, said: “Love Parks Week is chance for all of us to love, protect and respect our beautiful green spaces.

“As lockdown measures have eased, across the UK there has been a significant minority of people abuse these treasured spaces, with shocking scenes of anti-social behaviour, leading to littering, deposit of human waste and abuse of parks staff.

“Well-targeted enforcement is an important tool in curbing this behaviour, however, we also want to join with Keep Britain Tidy in inspiring people to look after our parks and the key staff who look after them.”

You can report a issues such as fly tip online or by calling the councils waste services on (01983) 823777

More information on the national campaign can be found online at www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/love-parks-week





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Factfile
  • Love Your Parks is an annual campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy.
  • Local authorities told Keep Britain Tidy that on average they collected an extra 57 tonnes (per local authority) of litter during the first lockdown alone.
 
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