With the summer holidays upon us, more than ever the availability of free, safe and fun activities is of great importance to parents right across Wirral.
And nowhere is there a more comprehensive and diverse range of things to do than in the borough’s many parks and open spaces.
Wirral Council is justifiably proud of its parks provision, from the grandeur of Birkenhead Park, to the wilds of the likes of Royden Park and Arrowe Park through to those right at the heart of communities like Victoria Park in Tranmere, Vale Park in New Brighton and Ashton Park in West Kirby.
This week is Love Parks Week (23-31 July), a national awareness campaign organised by the parks charity, GreenSpace. The week aims to highlight the range of benefits of having vibrant, safe and clean local parks and events will be taking place up and down the country to coincide with the campaign.
Among the events taking place in Wirral is the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ on July 27th, which is a guided walk in Birkenhead Park for youngsters aged between 2 and 8, based on Eric Carle’s popular children’s book.
At Eastham Country Park yesterday there was a Batty About Bats event, where youngsters were encouraged to make their own bat boxes ahead of the autumn hibernation period for bats. This is one of many bat-themed events in Wirral parks this year that coincide with the United Nations designating 2011 as the Year of the Bat.
Cllr. Chris Meaden, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “There are so many events taking place across Wirral’s parks, year round, aimed at every age group. We know how valued parks are amongst our communities by the popularity of these events, as well as the strength of the volunteer Friends groups that exist to help us manage our parks.
“But for those who don’t already get out there and explore the wonderful parks and open spaces that are on their doorstep, Love Parks Week is a perfect opportunity for them to take a look and find out what they’re missing.”
Full details of events taking place in Wirral’s parks this week and throughout the summer can be found in the What’s On section of the Wirral Council website – www.wirral.gov.uk/whats-on