Celebrating volunteering in parks and countryside

Wakefield Council is hosting the first parks and green spaces forum to celebrate the amazing volunteers across the district.

These are people who give their own time to make the district’s parks and green spaces fantastic places for all residents to visit and enjoy.

The forum is an opportunity for the Council to come together with many of the Friends Groups’ representatives, celebrate their successes and share ideas around parks and green space development for the benefit of local communities.

The first meeting is due to be held at Glasshougton Healthy Living Centre on Tuesday 28 September.

It will be attended by representatives from 13 Friends Groups and a host of partners offering advice and support to develop themed activities and events for public enjoyment.

Jack Hemingway smiling
Cllr Jack Hemingway

Mayor of Wakefield Cllr Tracey Austin is also due to attend to share in the celebrations.

In addition, information on community funding opportunities, health and wellbeing activities, recycling and biodiversity and wildlife programmes will be available.

Cllr Jack Hemingway, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “The pandemic means parks and green spaces are needed more than ever to support our residents with their physical and mental health.

“By working with Friends Groups, we can support our communities and ensure all our parks and green spaces are well maintained and offer a variety of attractive activities and events.”