City parks celebrated in style

A number of special events are set to begin this week which will celebrate Leeds’ parks.

As part of Love Parks Week, which is a national event, a range of activities, guided walks and volunteering opportunities will be held across the city that recognise the important part that parks and green spaces play in both communities and people’s lives.

Kicking off the programme of events on Saturday 27 July which end on 4 August, will be a 10pm Glow Worm walk organised by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Billy Woods in Kippax. Those participating will have the opportunity to find out more about this elusive creature, and hopefully find one or two flickering under the undergrowth.

Next up on Sunday 28 at Middleton Park will be a dog show, and highlights in the subsequent week include a specialist garden walk at Roundhay Park, a Make your own Moth event at Pudsey Park, and the chance to explore the heritage of Meanwood Park and The Hollies. A volunteer taster day and bat walk at Temple Newsam is also available, along with a Bushcraft course at Otley Chevin.

While many events are free or at a nominal charge, selected events do need to be booked, and people are asked to reserve their place if interested, as soon as possible.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“We are very fortunate to have fantastic parks right across our city, and through the Love Parks Week with a range of other groups, this is an opportunity to showcase just how great they are.

“There are a number of walks, activities and events available as part of the celebrations, which really do offer something to people of all ages.

“Many of the activities are free with a nominal cost for others, but with selected events needing to be booked, we would advise people to reserve their place as soon as possible.”

Notes to editors:

Love Parks Week 2013 will be held nationally and in Leeds from July 27-Aug 4.

Love Parks Week began in 2006 with a simple aim: to encourage people to visit, enjoy and take pride in their local parks and green spaces, driving the message that our parks and green spaces are essential to healthy, happy and strong communities.

For more information on Love Parks Week in Leeds, please see: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Love%20Parks%20Week%20Events%202013.doc

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk