Amber, Head of Engagement at Your Park Bristol & Bath shares why it's crucial we care for park and how you can make a difference.
Amber says: "Local parks and green spaces are constantly there for us and have been a lifeline in recent times. They’re where we meet friends, play with our children and make lasting memories. I can’t imagine a world without them.
With the current cost of living crisis, they’ll no doubt be our go-to venue for free activities over the summer, as well as Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Parks are beneficial for the environment too; trees absorb carbon and the cooling effects can reach way beyond the park itself. The trees we planted in Brickfields Park alone could absorb around 10,000 tonnes of carbon over the trees’ lifetime.
And the health benefits, where do I start? Defra estimates that the NHS could save £2.1 billion per year if everyone had regular access to parks.
But, just like our NHS, their future is in our hands.
The reality is, without support, parks could be restricted to grass cuts and waste removal. But Your Park can host regular sessions, build nature ponds; plant wildflowers and flowering trees so bees visit and pollinate; we can host mindfulness activities, crafts, nature photography and yoga too.
We are the only charity who can work at scale across Bristol and Bath but need support to help ensure parks are cared for and remain the thriving centre of our community."