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Families urged to discover and celebrate parks

PUBLISHED: 09:51 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 17 July 2018

People can join a healthland management day at Lesnes Abbey on July 22.

People can join a healthland management day at Lesnes Abbey on July 22.

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Residents in Bexley are being encouraged to love their parks as this year’s #GoParksLondon campaign is launched.

To celebrate Love Parks Week, locals are being asked to pop along to the parks of Bexley and make the most of the lovely weather we have been having.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said Bexley residents should visit their local park plus others they’ve never been to.

They’re also asking people to join Park Friends Groups.

Love Parks Week finishes on July 22 and National Park City week runs until July 29 with events in Bexley.

The Friends of the River Shuttle, which is a small tributary of the River Cray, work to maintain the Old English Garden.

Now they need people to join them for some sociable gardening.

The group hosts a monthly Saturday gardening event, with the next one taking place on July 21 between 10am and noon. On July 26 the Friends are also hosting a summer picnic at the Old English Garden between 1 and 3pm.

On July 22, people can join events organised by the Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers for their heathland management day.

Bexley residents can also enter the #GoParksLondon challenge competition by visiting a London park they haven’t been to before and posting a picture of themselves on social media using the hashtags #GoParksLondon, telling people about the park for the chance to win a prize.

Alice Roberts from CPRE said: “Our parks and greenspaces are under more pressure than ever, so we need to demonstrate why we must protect them.

“Park Friends groups do everything from litter-picking to organising community events and advocating for improvements to the park.

“We would love people to discover a new park in the Love Parks and National Park City fortnight and post a photo telling us about their experience.”

And Dave Morris of LFGN added: “Park Friends groups do tremendous work to protect, improve and bring communities together in their local parks. They advocate for improvements, new attractions or simply for the park’s continued care and undertake voluntary action themselves in partnership with the council.”

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