OUR local parks have been a lifeline for many people over past two months and, as lockdown eases and we are all able to spend more time there, there is a real risk they will turn into rubbish dumps.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which manages the international quality marks for both parks and beaches across the country, is today calling on everyone to do their bit to keep parks and beaches clean by taking their litter home with them and putting it in their own bin.

Despite the easing of restrictions, local authorities are still facing immense challenges, protecting and supporting those who are vulnerable and shielding, while also trying to maintain essential front-line services.

Keep Britain Tidy issued advice for people thinking of travelling farther afield to spend time outdoors.

Please be aware that use is likely to increase so check that facilities such as car parks are open before you go and stay alert at entrances or other pinch points. If you take part in outdoor sports and other activities, including fishing – this must take place on your own, with your household, or with one other person while adhering to social distancing.

Do not use play or outdoor gym equipment as this remains closed.

To stay safe, you must take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors, and keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.

Please look out for, and follow, any instructions on signage or any given by park staff.

Helen Bingham

Keep Britain Tidy