Love Parks Week 2021 - 23 July - 1 August 2021
This year, our parks and green spaces have been a vital lifeline to many of us during the lockdowns.
Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed that natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing.
Many local authorities are putting on events in parks in celebration of the week. Find out what's happening near you by checking out the hashtag #LoveParks on social media, or contacting your local park.
New Go Orienteering Portal
British Orienteering have launched a new Go Orienteering web portal to help discover orienteering this summer.
The new Go Orienteering web portal is for absolutely everyone to get involved and enjoy planning their outdoor adventures this summer with family and with friends. It is the go to website for finding Permanent Orienteering Courses, Virtual (GPS) Orienteering Courses, and to find out about other orienteering opportunities such as club events and activities to enjoy throughout the summer. Many taking place in local parks across the UK.
Jennie Taylor Communications Officer at British Orienteering, says:
"Whether it's a walk with the family, exploring an area whilst on holiday, competing against others as quick as you can or simply just adding variety to a training run, Orienteering could be just the challenge you are looking for.
Your mission is to reach checkpoints or 'controls' marked on a special orienteering map, and the skill and fun comes from trying to find the best route to take. There are courses ideal for beginners as well as for the more experienced. Go in your time, Go at your pace, Go discover a whole new world of adventure in parks, green spaces and urban areas across the UK and Go Orienteering!"
To find out more watch this Permanent Orienteering Courses Introductory video here.
Commissioned by The Orienteering Foundation to help introduce the sport and give first-hand knowledge of how you can take part.
There are over 500 Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses across the country - and British Orienteering have worked hard with local clubs to provide something for everyone this summer!
Find out more at: www.goorienteering.org.uk
What ever you do this summer, enjoy your local park or a park further afield. #RespectParks #LoveParks #ProtectParks