It's national Love Parks Week this week and with green spaces offering so many people a lifeline during Covid-19, High Peak Borough Council is calling on visitors to help keep them special places.
A survey by Natural England in May 2020 revealed that nine in ten people agreed that natural spaces are good for health and wellbeing.
But the pressure on parks has been huge – on average an extra 57 tonnes of litter was collected by local councils during the first lockdown.
So, as the school holidays get underway, the borough council is joining Keep Britain Tidy in a rallying call to love, respect and protect the High Peak's parks throughout this summer and beyond.
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: “Here in the High Peak we’re lucky to have a wealth of beautiful parks and open spaces that are open for everyone to enjoy.
“It’s something that has been more important than ever as the impact on Covid kept us all closer to our homes. Having quality areas to exercise, relax and just spend time amongst nature in has made all the difference and that’s why the Council is investing in further improvements to our parks.
“Love Parks Week is the ideal time to celebrate that and say a huge thank you to our hard working Council teams and the Friends Groups and volunteers who dedicate themselves to caring for them not just this week but all year round.
“We can all do our bit to help support their efforts by respecting and protecting the places we love. Let’s keep these places special by being considerate to others, putting litter in the bins or taking it home to dispose of and clearing up after our dogs not just this summer but every time we visit.”
Find out more about the High Peak’s parks and open spaces at www.highpeak.gov.uk/article/216/Parks.
Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are also backing the campaign and urging visitors to stay safe while out enjoying the county's parks and countryside.