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Show Love for South Tyneside Parks

Visitors and residents are encouraged to show their love for South Tyneside parks this #Love Parks Week (Friday 14 July to Sunday 23 July).

The #Love Parks Week initiative, which is now in its 11th year, is a national celebration of valuable spaces.

South Tyneside Council is supporting the campaign, organised by environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, by urging people to go out and enjoy their local park. Park visitors are also encouraged to share the reason why they love their local park with a photo, video or a post on social media using the hashtag #LoveParks.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "We are very proud of our beautiful parks and with the school holidays approaching and summer in full swing we are encouraging everyone to come out and support these valuable spaces and enjoy all they have to offer.

"Whether families like to use their parks to enjoy a stroll in the fresh air, picnic with the family, take their youngsters to play areas or volunteer in their upkeep, parks are wonderful places to meet new people, enjoy new experiences and feel like part of the community.

"South Marine Park and Bents Park at South Shields seafront also act as a backdrop to our free action-packed South Tyneside Festival featuring live bands, music concerts and family friendly activities among much more.

"#Love Parks Week is the perfect opportunity for people to support their local parks, tell everyone what their local park means to them and help to us promote and protect them for future generations to enjoy."

South Tyneside Council works closely with local communities, including 'Friends of' parks groups, to help promote green spaces and ensure they are looking their best for the benefit of all, through events such as litter picks and spring cleans.

These include West Park in Jarrow and South Marine Park in South Shields, both of which hold the prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy's Green Flag Award manager, said: "We believe that everybody, where they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations."

For further information about parks in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/parks More details about #Love Parks Week is available at www.keepbritaintidy.org.uk

Residents interested in supporting or volunteering in parks can contact their local Friends' group or get in touch with South Tyneside Council for Voluntary Service, on (0191) 456 9551 or email enquiries@stcvs.org.uk To report littering visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/reportit

Notes to Editors:

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment. The organisation works to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public space. It runs programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org

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