Council celebrates Love Parks Week and Green Flag Award for Priory Park with launch of Instagram competition in conjunction with Canon UK

dragonflyTo celebrate Priory Park being awarded the Green Flag Award, which recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the UK, and to mark Love Parks Week (28 July – 3 August) Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, in partnership with Canon UK, is launching a photography competition on its new Instagram account.

To be in with a chance to win the great prize of a compact digital camera people need to:
• log onto• follow the council’s new account @love_reigateandbanstead
• post photos of their favourite parks or countryside areas in the borough, tag them @love_reigateandbanstead and use the hashtag #lovereigateandbanstead by the end of Sunday 7 September 2014. The winner will be announced in September.
Other Love Parks Week activities

Love Parks Week also sees other council initiatives taking place, to encourage people to get active and stay healthy by making the most of the beautiful local parks and open spaces. These include:
• the launch of a Countryside Guide highlighting the best free places to enjoy the stunning scenery and rare wildlife the borough has to offer. Produced by the council’s Countryside Team, it is packed with tips on what to look out for, from mammals to bats, reptiles to butterflies, at 16 sites including Stagbury Downs, Felland Copse, Nork Park, Riverside Garden Park and many others.
• a mini-Love Parks Week events programme for children in Priory Park, Reigate including:
o a bug hunt and the chance to build a bug hotel, with our Countryside Rangers on Wednesday 30 July from 10am to 11am
o pond-dipping on Thursday 31 July from 10am to 12 noon
o an RSPB event on Thursday 31 July from 10am to 4pm, at which visitors can learn how they can help save UK threatened wildlife by giving it a home in back gardens and local parks.

Launching the Love Parks Week activities and Instagram competition, Cllr Allen Kay, Executive Member for Parks, Open Spaces and Countryside said:

“With over 9 million visits last year to the 55 parks and countryside area we look after, we know people love the borough’s open spaces. So we’re asking residents to share images of their favourite local parks or countryside areas on our new Instagram account for a chance to win a compact digital camera in our fun competition.

“We’re also delighted that Priory Park – with 2 million visits last year – has been awarded the Green Flag, identifying it as one of the best green spaces in the country. But don’t forget there are also many other beautiful areas across our borough waiting for you to explore. Download our new Countryside Guide for ideas and inspiration.”

We ask all visitors to treat our parks, countryside and open spaces respectfully by taking litter home and clearing up after their dogs.

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