10-Feb-2021

A campaign which helped to share Huntingdonshire residents' love for their local parks has won a national award.

Huntingdonshire District Council has been recognised as the best in the UK by independent environment charity Keep Britain Tidy for its Love Parks award, announced in this years Network Awards. The award shortlist included Doncaster Council and Manchester City Council.

Love Parks poster

The application submission included:

  • social Media campaigns with a focus on stewardship and mental health
  • increased litter picking and temporary facilities
  • introducing CCTV to discourage littering
  • maintaining and expanding pictorial meadows
  • increasing car park capacity
  • encouraging the use of parks for outdoor exercise classes.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Marge Beuttell said: "Despite the continued challenges and pressures COVID-19 brings for the council, our Operations and Countryside teams' efforts in keeping our parks to be welcoming and safe places to enjoy has been relentless.

Parks and green spaces have been utilised and valued by many Huntingdonshire residents since the country locked down at the end of March 2020.

The achievement of the national award is a testament to the hard work of all those involved in making our parks thrive for residents and visitors to enjoy."

For more information about plans for Huntingdonshire parks and to take a read of the Healthy Open Spaces Strategy, please visit our Parks, Nature Reserves and Green Spaces page