Sharing our green spaces

By Earth Trust

Over the last few weeks and months we’ve been talking a lot about the importance of green spaces for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. And we know that people are valuing their local green spaces more than ever. We’ve also been working to make sure that as many people as possible can find out about and access our spaces, from sharing tips about visiting community reserves to keeping the meadow at Neptune Wood open for longer this summer. We believe everyone has the right to access green spaces and to benefit from them.

Without our volunteers and with more than 80% of our staff furloughed, keeping our green spaces open and safe has been a challenge. Jobs like clearing trees that have fallen across paths and repairing gates and fences are all part of regular maintenance, but others like putting out fires from abandoned BBQs are more difficult for us to manage at the moment – and yet they’re critical. Not only is it essential for us to look after our places for the wildlife that thrives in them, but also so that we can make sure everyone feels safe and welcome in our green spaces. Whether it’s your first visit, or your ninety first, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in our green spaces.

To help make sure that everyone can enjoy their experience in nature here’s a reminder of the guidelines:

  • Please respect other visitors and give each other the space you need.
  • If arriving by car, please park considerately, ensuring rights of way remain clear.
  • Leave only footprints: please take your rubbish with you and bag and bin dog poo. There are bins on site, but if these are full please take rubbish home and report the bin – you’ll need the reference number on the side of each bin and any nearby road names.
  • Fires including BBQs are not permitted – if you see fires being lit please call our office on 01865 407792.
    (NB. If you see a fire that is out of control or posing imminent danger, please call 999 before contacting our office.)
  • Please do not swim in ponds and lakes – not only can this disturb wildlife, but blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms in hot weather can be toxic to humans and dogs.
  • Please stick to footpaths as much as you can to ensure that wildlife remains undisturbed.
  • And finally – if you’re someone who loves green spaces, could you share that joy with someone who might not normally be given the opportunity to visit? For many people a walk in the countryside is an unknown, and yet we know it can have such huge benefits – and after all, sharing is caring!

Together we can make sure that everyone feels safe and welcome in our green spaces. Thank you.

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