East Park in Hull
East Park in Hull has retained the Green Flag Award.

Love Parks campaign challenges littering and anti-social behaviour

Keep Britain Tidy has launched a new campaign to tackle littering and anti-social behaviour in parks.

The campaign is being supported by Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “Our fantastic parks are integral parts of our communities. They provide valuable green spaces that benefit both our physical and mental health.

“There is simply no need to litter and it is not acceptable. We should all respect our parks and the people who use them.”

Richard McIlwain, deputy chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “The UK was the birthplace of the public park and their value was recognised by many people during lockdown as a haven of greenspace for exercise and relaxation.

“But, as lockdown measures have eased, we’ve seen a significant minority of people abuse these treasured spaces.

“This campaign, which has been made available to every local authority in the country and which is based on behavioural science, will act as an effective nudge to actively encourage people to treat our beautiful parks – and the amazing staff who work
in them – with respect this summer.”

Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene services at Hull City Council, said: “Littering is an unacceptable and anti-social behaviour and there is no excuse for it. Our fantastic parks are valued by so many of us and it’s not acceptable that a selfish minority can spoil it for the majority.”

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