Love your local park and take your litter home

Published Friday, 31st July 2020

People are being urged to ‘Love Parks’ across Worcestershire and take their litter home.

Worcestershire County Council welcomes a new national awareness drive to tackle concerns raised over rubbish left in parks during recent socially distanced visits.
  
Keep Britain Tidy and its Centre for Social Innovation has developed a new ‘Love Parks’ campaign to address the issue of litter being left behind in parks. 
 
The campaign has been funded as part of Central Government’s Coronavirus response and will be bolstered with additional campaign activity led by the Department
for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) over the summer both online and at beauty spots across the country. 
 
This activity will showcase the impact of littering, including non-medical face coverings, as well as unauthorised barbeques and campfires, and breaches of the countryside code. 
 
Worcestershire County Council is welcoming visitors to parks and countryside centres and asks people to be respectful and take their litter home with them.
 
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Our country parks, nature reserves and picnic areas give people the chance to enjoy the great outdoors right on their doorstep. 
 
“Please let’s keep that community spirit we’ve shown during this pandemic by making sure we look after our green spaces and take our litter home.”
 
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “I would ask people to enjoy their environment and learn more about it, leaving no litter behind and taking your rubbish home with you.
 
“Safety is at the forefront of our minds amid the coronavirus pandemic, yet we urge people to dispose of their face coverings appropriately.
 
“We’d also discourage the use of disposable BBQs and fires with warm weather forecast.”
 
Worcestershire manages 17 country parks, nature reserves and picnic places including St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve, Waseley Hills Country Park and Worcester Woods Country Park”.

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