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Take pride in your parks this Spring

Chris Satori
Children from Bowerham Primary School join Friends of Williamson Park
 and staff for early Spring bulb planting
Lancaster City Council wants to encourage people to use and take pride in their local park. The Take Pride in Your Park campaign aims to encourage people to visit their local park, take pride in its appearance and use its facilities.

Williamson Park is sending out an e-magazine full of ideas and inspiration to help people make the most of the park. The ‘Enjoy’ magazine is also available to read at

The Friends of Williamson Park were joined by children, volunteers and staff from Lancaster City Council to plant bulbs in Williamson Park at the weekend (Sunday March 23). Pupils from Bowerham Community Primary School went along to plant bluebells and are looking forward to watching them grow next spring.

The event was organised and funded through the Friends of Williamson Park who provided 2000 bulbs and tools. You can find out more about the activities of this group from their facebook page.

There are Friends groups for lots of parks across the district and they are all planning activities to encourage us all to ‘Take Pride in Your Parks’. If you would like more information in how you can get involved please visit

Dog wardens will continue to carry out regular patrols of our local parks in a bid to reduce the amount of dog fouling and dogs being exercised off their leads. Dog bags are still available from the Visitor Information Centres in Lancaster and Morecambe for a small charge.

Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said: “Our parks and open spaces are some of our district’s greatest assets.  They’re great places for events and activities, or simply for enjoying a walk.

“The challenge we face is maintaining our much loved quality green spaces with limited resources.  A big thank you must go to the friends groups and other volunteers who are vitally important in helping us to achieve that aim.  The work that they do is invaluable. By volunteering and joining a group, people can show their commitment to our parks.

“But there are also simple things that we can all do such as disposing of litter properly and picking up after our dogs.  By us all taking pride in our parks and what they have to offer we can keep them clean and free of litter for us all to enjoy.”

The tree sponsorship scheme offers a unique opportunity to plant a new tree in one of the council’s parks. The tree can be a special way to remember a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion or an anniversary or just a way of improving the environment.

For more information about the scheme contact: 01524 582407 or 582416. You can also apply online at

People can even take part in the Take Pride in Your Parks campaign at home by completing an online ‘health check’ on their local park.  The results will be used over the lifetime of the campaign to measure people’s perceptions of our parks and identify areas for improvement.

To take part visit and click on ‘Take the Park Health Check’.