Love Parks Week programme of activities launches across Larne

Mayor Billy Ashe launches Love Parks Week with  Alison Diver. INLT-29-701-con

Mayor Billy Ashe launches Love Parks Week with Alison Diver. INLT-29-701-con

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Mid and East Antrim residents are being urged to show how much their local parks mean to them during national Love Parks Week.

The event, which takes place between Friday July 24 and Sunday August 2, will see a wealth of activities taking place across the borough’s parks.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Billy Ashe, who launched the initiative locally, said: “Love Parks Week encourages friends, families, the young and old, to come together and enjoy what our parks and green spaces offer.

“These spaces provide many opportunities for friendships, education, health, exercise and simple play and fun.

“Love Parks Week is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the summer.

“We’re celebrating all that parks have to offer, so why not visit your local park during the campaign to show what it means to you?

“Events in the borough range from a ‘no pain-no gain’ Boot Camp and Zumba taster sessions to more genteel pursuits such as woodland walks and butterfly and moth hunts.

“We want these events to inspire people to get out and enjoy the fresh air of the Borough’s green space.

“Let’s celebrate our green spaces, by showing your support for Love Parks Week.” he concluded.

Love Parks Week is now in its ninth year and last year more than 300,000 people were inspired to visit an event at a beautiful park or green space.

The nationwide initiative is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

“Let’s celebrate our green spaces, by showing your support for Love Parks Week.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks Manager, Anthea Thomas said: “Love Parks Week is the ultimate celebration of our beautiful parks and green space and it is fantastic that Mid and East Antrim Borough is getting involved in this year’s event.

“Green spaces are absolutely vital to every community and make a massive contribution to people’s health.

“In this time of budget cuts, it is essential that everybody uses and values their local green space, otherwise we could all be in danger of losing them.

“We want this year’s event to be the biggest and best celebration yet, so we are urging everyone to get down to their local green space and take part in the festivities.”

The programme of events for Larne kicks off with a Town Parks Tour on Friday July 24 from 2pm until 3pm.

Participants will be able to discover the heritage of local parks. Meet at the entrance to Larne Leisure Centre.

Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the local scenery with a Parkrun on Saturday July 25 starting at 9.30am in Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne.

The 5km event is suitable for runners of all standards.

Then, on Tuesday July 28, a Woodland Safari will take place in Carnfunnock Country Park from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Participants can enjoy a guided walk through the woodland at Carnfunnock, investigating the wildlife for signs of squirrels, otters, badgers and more.

For more information on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, please visit http://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/