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Love Parks Wandsworth

Celebrate Wandsworth Council’s beautiful parks and greenspaces throughout the borough this summer. Join us in promoting the work and dedication put into each parks, greenspace and common, come along to one of the many events/activities and projects taking place from April to September 2019.

Wandsworth has an abundance of parks and greenspaces, with 32 different areas that stretch throughout the borough, and we believe that these are huge assets to the people of Wandsworth. Not only the large parks, but the smaller greenspaces too, which can be a haven for peace and tranquillity. Attracting a wide range of residents ensures our parks are diverse and engaging to all.

Love Parks Week: 12 – 21 July

Once again it’s time to show some park love in a celebration of the wonderful green spaces of Wandsworth.

Running from July 12 to July 21 Love Parks Week is a nationwide celebration and the perfect opportunity to enjoy your favourite park, or perhaps explore new ones. It’s all part of Wandsworth Council’s six-month celebration of the borough’s great parks under the #LoveParksWandsworth banner.

Wandsworth Council can proudly claim to be one of London’s greenest boroughs with 32 public parks, and by using and celebrating them we are also protecting our green spaces for future generations.

“Over the past few years the council has invested thousands of pounds in our parks,” said Cllr Steffi Sutters, the council’s cabinet member for community services and open spaces. “And until September we have organised more than 250 park-related events.

“We want to encourage residents to get out and make the most of our fabulous green spaces, but I would ask people be responsible, think of other park users and dispose of their rubbish properly.”

To mark Love Parks Week the council has organised more than 20 events over eight days. The programme starts on July 12 with a free walk around Wandle Park. Just meet at the Tooting Hub (BWW Mind) in Tooting High Street at 10am. Over the next week you can then enjoy many more free walks including: Tooting Common on 13 July at 8am and 10am (meet at Tooting Bec Underground Station), Wandsworth Common on 16 July at 11.15am (meet at the Naturescope Centre on Wandsworth Common), and Battersea Park on 17 July at 11am (meet at the Sun Gate). To book your space visit Eventbrite.co.uk

Other highlights include film screenings of Green Book on 16 July and Pretty Woman on 17 July in Wandsworth Park (www.thelunacinema.com/wandsworth-park), and outdoor gym sessions taking place at various dates in York Gardens, Battersea Park and Shillington Gardens.

And besides these organised events, community groups and our terrific Friends of parks groups are being encouraged to host their own activities. Last Saturday the Friends of Coronation Gardens hosted a Love Parks Picnic, borrowing our giant pink ‘Love Parks Wandsworth’ letters to create an Instagram hit! If you would like to request them at your event then email: loveparks@enablelc.org Please note it must take place in Wandsworth and be an open access, free community event.

Once again Love Parks Week is being hosted by Love Parks/Keep Britain Tidy and visitors to the parks are urged to show the love by not leaving rubbish behind and using a bin bag to take waste home to dispose and recycle it if you are having a picnic. Barbecues are not allowed in any of the parks due to the damages they cause to the grass.

  • To find out more what’s in store visit: enablelc.org/loveparks
  • Stay in touch and send your pictures on Twitter and Instagram at @LoveParksWandsworth and @Wandbc and by using the hashtag #LoveParksWandsworth

 

Summer in Battersea Park

Kick start your summer in the glorious and oh so sunny, Battersea Park!

Every weekend in June there was incredible activities and events for all the family. From outdoor cinema and live cricket world cup screenings to inflatable assault courses, live music and, of course, the annual Battersea Park Dog Show.

The summer bonanza launched on Saturday 1 June with a jam-packed weekend of face painting, an outdoor climbing wall, and surf simulator – people challenged their friends and family to see who can climb the highest and ride the longest wave!

Move over Earl Grey, Lady Grey is the new tea in town. Take a seat under the magnificent Victorian Bandstand, surrounded by luscious green trees and tuck into a classic afternoon tea served by the renowned ‘Mrs Jones’. Book in advance as there are limited seats available, tickets will be available through Eventbrite.co.uk from Tuesday 21 May.

Summer in London wouldn’t be complete without an array of mouth-watering street food and a very well stocked bar serving ice cold refreshing drinks. Every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 8.30pm the picnic benches will be rolled out, parasols splayed, with food and drink in abundance.

The only place to be this summer is Battersea Park, grab your friends, bring the dog, leave your worries behind – you are in for a whole lot of fun.

Mental Health Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week supported by Wandsworth Council, focused on the theme of Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Follow us on social media to find out the latest tips/events/activities taking place to help you improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing @LoveParksWandsworth and use hashtags #LoveParksWandsworth #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

As part of its commitment to Mental Health Awareness Week Wandsworth Council gave away free guest passes to Wandsworth Council’s gym facilities.

Other planned events and activities can be found here.

 

Augmented Reality Easter Egg Trail

To kick start the Love Parks Wandsworth campaign, we launched a state-of-the-art augmented reality Easter egg trail in Battersea Park over the Easter weekend. The virtual world met the real one at Battersea Park with a state-of-the-art egg hunt – thank you to all 1,300 people who came along and joined in!
There were 15 stops and along the way – the app provided facts, figures and a little bit of history about one of London’s most beautiful parks. Participants took part in games, quizzes and create drawings with sharks, ducks and cherry blossom!

15 augmented reality egg stops   |   87% five star review   |   6 community partnerships   |   2,386 people took part in the trail

“This is a fantastic idea”   |   “Well done Wandsworth”   |   “Such a wonderful idea! It’s nice to have fun and free activity!”   |   “This sounds like a lovely idea!”   |   “It’s like POKEMON GO! for Easter”