This week is Love Parks week, running from 28 July to 6 August and here at High Peak Borough Council, we surely do love our parks.
This annual campaign celebrates parks, green spaces, and the dedicated volunteers and council workers that look after them all year round. These vibrant living spaces bring communities together and provide an opportunity to connect with nature in the heart of our cities, towns, and neighbourhoods.
Despite government cuts, as a Council administration we have placed a focus on improving and growing our parks and green spaces. We have our first ever Parks Strategy which sets out a 10-year plan to improve them and work cooperatively with Park Friends Groups where they exist and help create them where they don’t. We have put money into a dedicated Parks Development Fund which is helping deliver new signage, bins, benches and fully accessible play equipment in our parks.
For our bigger, more formal parks, each have a dedicated management plan produced with input from community groups, staff and councillors and cover everything from ground maintenance, physical improvements and greater biodiversity. Ashwood Park’s Management Plan in Buxton just complete and the one for Bankswood Park in Hadfield is very nearly finished; joining the management plans we have in place for Howard Park and Manor Park in Glossop, Whaley Bridge Memorial Park and Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine Walks.
So join us, this Love Parks week, as we celebrate the spaces we love, and ensure they remain cherished, accessible places for all to enjoy. And if you’d like to get involved in making your park and High Peak a better place to live, please get in touch with us or our Parks Team!
Visit here to learn more: https://www.highpeak.gov.uk/parks