Little explorers support park in bid for Green Flag status
More than 100 little explorers descended on Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday in a bid to help it gain Green Flag status.
The sun shone as visitors of all ages took part in a fun filled nature day. They were able to take part in a range of activities including a tree trail to identify the various species and their ages, bark and leaf rubbing, identifying different types of wild flowers and a nature table.
Volunteer Marilyn Campbell also displayed an extensive collection of bugs, which could be viewed and identified through microscopes.
It was the first event to be organised by the recently formed Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park and was aimed at introducing families, and particularly young people, to the main features of the park, with a particular focus on trees, plants and wildlife.
John Knowles, chairman of Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park, was pleased with the turnout for their first event.
He said: “Everyone who attended appeared to really enjoy themselves, and in the process learnt more about the park and how lucky we are to have such wonderful features so close to the town centre.
“The park is maintained in the interests of conservation. It has two fishing lakes, geared towards people with disabilities and fishermen of all ages, children’s play areas, a cycle route, wooded and open grass areas.
“We have more events planned for the future.”
The volunteer Friends are targeting Green Flag status to gain the national standard for public parks and are introducing fun activities to attract more people.
SKDC-owned Queen Elizabeth Park was opened in 1980 to commemorate the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org