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Look after your parks and they will look after you

Date: 27 April 2021
Author: Phil Edwards
Title: Park Manager, Bushy Park

During the pandemic, the parks have remained open as a refuge for visitors to engage with nature and to boost their mental and physical wellbeing. As restrictions lift, we want to remind people to keep to Government guidelines around social distancing – please stay safe and look out for others.

Over the past year we have had many messages of thanks from people who have come to the park and say they have discovered a new-found appreciation of nature. Sadly, it seems that while the majority of visitors care for the parks on their visit, there are a small number who don’t, and our park teams are seeing vast amounts of litter left in the parks, especially when the weather is sunny.

They are your parks and they are here for everyone to enjoy. But our staff are working flat out to keep the parks clean and looking beautiful for all, and we urge visitors to be considerate and clear up after themselves. 

Do use the bins and if the bins are full, please don't leave bags of rubbish next to the bins as this can be blown across the parks, which can be harmful for wildlife: please take this rubbish home with you.

Litter spoils the beautiful landscape. Collecting and disposing of litter takes time and money. And dumped litter presents a huge risk to wildlife. It is all too common that we spot deer, foxes, squirrels and birds eating plastic and other rubbish left behind by visitors.

Birds and animals are attracted to picnic scraps and sadly can accidentally eat plastic bags along with the food. The plastic can block their digestive system causing a lingering death from starvation.

Please treat the parks like you would your own garden. The parks are here for you to enjoy and if everyone does their bit, we can keep them looking lovely for everyone.

 

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Updated: 9 November 2021