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Show your love for our parks, Love Parks Week

29th July 2022

It is time to celebrate one of our greatest assets – our parks.

Celebrate Keep Britain Tidy, Love Parks Week From 29 July – 5 August. This week we want to encourage our residents and visitors to enjoy and take pride in local green spaces.

Love Parks Week reminds us to respect and protect our parks. It also provides the opportunity to show thanks to the dedicated teams that look after them.

Lead Councillor for Environment, Cllr James Steel, said:

“We have seven Green Flag Awards across our parks and countryside sites. Love Parks Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate them. Meeting the requirements of these accreditations is a testament to our Parks and Countryside teams. They work hard to make sure our green spaces thrive.”

Across Guildford, we look after 2600 acres of green space. Our countryside staff work tirelessly to ensure the borough’s parks look their best. Many residents support them. From putting litter in the bin, to keeping dogs under control, there are lots of little things people can do to keep our parks safe and enjoyable for all.

Cllr James Steel added:

“The week also serves as an important reminder for us all to be considerate of the wildlife and environment.

“We can all do our bit to look after our beloved parks. Please use our litter bins or take rubbish home with you. Continue to follow the Countryside Code. The recent heatwave and reports of heathland fires resonate this message. Do not light fires or have barbecues in our parks and green spaces. They can cause great damage. We continue to be thankful to our residents and visitors who respect and cherish these areas.”

We also receive support from volunteer groups. They work with our teams on projects to preserve and restore our natural spaces.

We have a total of 1055 hours of countryside volunteering completed so far this year. Groups have helped with lots of important pieces of work. These include protecting Pirbright’s heathland sites and creating habitats for rare butterflies.

Throughout our parks, gardens and countryside we manage 2 million trees. Trees are our most powerful natural weapon against climate change. This makes protecting our trees an important part of the work we do. As part of The Queen’s Green Canopy during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we planted a tree at our Sensory Garden at Stoke Park. This marks our commitment to become a net-zero carbon borough by 2030.

Cllr Steel added:

“Trees bring undeniable benefits to the climate and local wildlife. These benefits last for years. They are effective in cleaning the air we breathe and slowing the impact of climate change. Trees are a big part of promoting wellbeing in our green spaces. This is all made possible by our dedicated Parks and Countryside team.

“Join us in thanking our staff this week. They work hard all year round and provide us with spaces that promote the health and wellbeing we all need. Our teams maintain over 50 countryside sites, 65 parks and gardens, over 30 playgrounds and 1,100 hectares of green space in Guildford. Through their hard work we get access to the luxury of nature on our doorsteps at no cost. We can also enjoy over 160 events a year across our parks. These are fantastic opportunities for our communities and the town’s economy.”

Our seven Green Flag Award winning parks are:

  • Allen House Grounds
  • Castle Grounds
  • Chilworth Gunpowder Mills
  • Onslow Recreation Ground
  • Riverside Nature Reserve
  • Stoke Park
  • Sutherland Memorial Park