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Celebrate our green spaces during Love Parks Week 2021

by Cathy Sheel

This past year, more than ever, Knowsley’s parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline to many of us.

During the pandemic lockdowns, they have provided a much-needed haven we could visit to enjoy daily exercise, fresh air, peace and quiet and a safe place to meet friends and family. We’ve also found that spending time in parks is a great way to connect with nature and improve our mental well-being.

Love Parks Week, 23 July – 1 August, is an annual celebration of parks and green spaces run by Keep Britain Tidy and aims to encourage everyone, young and old, to get out and enjoy their favourite park.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Our Green Spaces Team have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic making sure our beautiful parks and green spaces are safe, well maintained and welcoming for everyone.

“We have all reaped the benefits of spending time in our green spaces during these challenging times, so Love Parks Week provides a timely reminder that our parks are there to love, respect, and protect throughout the summer of 2021 and beyond.”

What’s on at your local park

Knowsley’s Green Space Ranger team are restarting their regular walking groups and activities at the borough’s parks.

Nordic Walking and Walking for Health walks are starting up again at in Court Hey Park, Halewood Park, Mill Dam and Stadt Moers parks from 26 July.  Contact our Green Space Ranger Team on email dns.sustainability@knowsley.gov.uk or visit our website at www.knowley.gov.uk (search Parks and Green Spaces) for further information.

Respect parks  

Over the summer months we welcome increasing numbers of visitors to all of Knowsley’s green spaces.

In return we ask that visitors respect those working in the park, be friendly and share the space, care for nature – do not cause damage or disturb wildlife, keep dogs under control, pick up your dogs’ poo and don’t light fires.

And if parks’ litter bins are full, please dispose of your litter at home.

Celebrate our parks by visiting them

Knowsley is home to some of the best open spaces on Merseyside, including 18 award-winning Green Flag parks.

During Love Parks Week, we’re showcasing just a few – but there are many more right on your doorstep. Visit our website to find your local park.

McGoldrick Park, Huyton

McGoldrick park has a popular play area, a multi-use games area, a beautiful bowling green and a selection of Green Gym equipment for all to use.

Mill Dam, Kirkby

Mill Dam boasts a fishing lake which is situated in the centre of the park.    A major play facility is a recent new arrival. The site has great walking links, with Millbrook Park to the south and Charlotte’s Pagsy to the north.

Stadt Moers Park

Stadt Moers covers more than 220 acres of land between Whiston and Huyton and includes meadow, woodland and pond habitats.

The area has a long history of coal mining before Tushingham’s Brickworks was built in the 1890s. By 1976 the works were derelict and much of today’s park was used as a landfill site for domestic refuse. Today it has been transformed into an attractive country park with walking and cycling routes.

Court Farm Woods, Halewood

Court Farm Woods has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Archaeological digs in the 1990s uncovered evidence of Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlements at the site. It is also the former location of Court Farm and a brewery. The foundations of these buildings and the original walled pond are still evident. It is a natural habitat for wildlife and is a lovely space for a gentle walk.

Eaton Street Park

Sitting on the edge of the town centre, Eaton Street Park is a peaceful oasis offering residents and visitors a recreation space, toddler playground, 8 to 13’s play space, memorial rose garden, wildflower meadow, nature path, bowling green and pavilion building.

Visit www.knowsley.gov.uk to find out more about parks in Knowsley.