Love Parks

Love Parks Wandsworth 2020

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Wandsworth Council is proud to bring back Love Parks Wandsworth for a third year, as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s national campaign, Love Parks.

This year, the key focus is about loving your park or openspace, especially in these unprecedented times. During the pandemic, Wandsworth Council has seen a massive increase in use of greenspaces, and with this comes an increase in litter. Working with the Friends Groups in the borough, the council have created a programme of community-led events and sessions to ensure residents are enjoying their local space, while also respecting them.

To see what we have planned, please see below!

Wandsworth Council kicked off its annual summer campaign, Love Parks Wandsworth – at the weekend – with a community clean up event and plog organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common.

The day saw Friends of Wandsworth Common – supported by voluntary group Plogolution – run a fun, socially-distanced litter pick and mini-plog, where you pick up litter while jogging, known as plogging.

In total, more than 100 bags of recyclables – 1280 glass bottles, 880 plastic bottles and 2050 cans – and 30 bags of rubbish, were collected, which highlights the amount of rubbish that people leave in parks and open spaces across the borough at the moment.

Julia Bott and Richard Fox, co-chairs of the Friends of Wandsworth Common said,

“We’re really delighted to see so many dedicated volunteers who turned up to do their bit for Wandsworth Common on Saturday.

“Throughout the year, volunteers from our Friends group do monthly (now weekly) litter picks to help keep the Common clean and litter-free.

“These past months we’ve seen litter increase massively, which is not acceptable, especially when you take into account the harm that it does, not only to our delicate biodiversity of plants and wildlife here, but also by so much not being recycled that could be. People love to come to beautiful green spaces like this – why would anyone leave it in a state they would not wish to find it in!?

Please be kind to our parks and opens spaces, and treat them with the respect they deserve. Bring your friends, your drinks, your picnics, but PLEASE, when all the containers are empty, take them home and reuse and recycle whatever you can”

Councillor Steffi Sutters, Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said,

“The Friends of Wandsworth Common did a tremendous job picking up litter throughout the day at the weekend.

“All our Friends of Parks groups, along with the team at Enable, do an amazing job keeping the parks looking at their best.

“But the reality is that they shouldn’t have to pick up litter – asking people to take their litter home or bin it really is a simple thing to do, and everyone should manage to do it without being asked.”

Over the summer Wandsworth Council will continue to remind people to ‘Love Parks’ and do their bit to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Wandsworth is one of the greenest of London boroughs with 32 public parks – many with children’s playgrounds.  Parks, open spaces, and private gardens cover 40 per cent of the borough.

Wandsworth has one of the highest number of council-owned parks and open spaces in inner London and Love Parks Wandsworth is all about encouraging residents to enjoy their favourite park, or discover new ones, and appreciate exactly why parks matter so much.

Every Sunday afternoon in August, free live performances will be at Battersea Park Bandstand to help cure those Sunday blues.

From 1pm, Wandsworth residents will see performances such as singers, jugglers, poets and bands take to the stage, guaranteed to cheer you up on a summer afternoon. Head to our Instagram page for full details on each weekend, and a sneak peak at the line up!

Social distancing measures will be in place and we will be actioning regular sanitation of the space to ensure the safety of everyone attending.

Free socially-distanced workout Saturday 8 August at 10am at the Bowling Green, Battersea Park.

Join Michelle of Fit SW11 for a free forty-five minute workout! This total body fun work out is a mix of cardio and strength suitable for all abilities. Set to music, this session will leave you feeling fitter, stronger and ready for the day ahead.

Spaces are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Social distancing measures will be in place and we will be actioning regular sanitation of the space to ensure the safety of everyone attending.

Photographing the River Thames is an in person outdoor photography course that explores a local slice of London’s great river.

Did you know the Battersea Park river walk covers two miles? The walk takes you through Battersea Park Riverside, along Chelsea Embankment and across two beautiful bridges, the Chelsea Bridge and the Albert Bridge. Landscape photographer Nick Cobb will guide a group of photographers to seek out signs of the past use and contrasts these with the present. Along the way capture the surprises of flora and fauna we encounter.

The first part of the workshop runs outdoor from 10 – 11 Aug 2020 with social distancing maintained. The second half of the course is run with zoom tutorials from home. For more information and prices please see the Putney School of Art and Design website here.