Whilst lockdown restrictions are easing, the threat of Covid-19 is still very much with us. During lockdown many people discovered the joys of their local park and likely explored new green spaces; this coupled with the reduced risks of transmission outdoors and numerous other benefits, are making our parks and green spaces more popular than ever – as places to relax, exercise and socialise in.
We are delighted to see such interest in our parks and green spaces, but with increased use their has been an exponential rise in litter (including discarded PPE and unauthorised BBQs) and also anti-social behaviour. This impacts heavily on wildlife, the environment, other park users and depletes valuable resources that could be utilised elsewhere. In response Keep Britain Tidy have today launched their Love Parks 2020 campaign, funded by the government, to help tackle the unprecedented levels of litter we are seeing in our parks. You can access resources supporting the campaign from their website. At the same time The Royal Parks have launched their Summer of Kindness campaign, to encourage us to be more mindful when using our parks.
We ask all parks users to support their local park by disposing of litter responsibly, especially unwanted PPE. #KeepITBinIT. Lets put an end to scenes like this and respect our parks and parks staff #BeKindToParks.