Butterfly Picnic

People are showing how much they love their local parks by getting out and celebrating national Love Parks Week, which takes place between Saturday 23rd and Sunday 31st July 2011, coinciding with the first week of the summer holidays.

An afternoon of entertainment and relaxation, the Butterfly Picnic is being held in King’s Stairs Gardens on Sunday, 24th July from 12 noon to 3pm. The Save King's Stairs Gardens Action Group invite you all to celebrate the national Love Parks Week at the Butterfly Picnic and to show how much we all love our local parks.

King’s Stairs Gardens is a popular picnic spot on the Thames, so what better way to celebrate Love Parks Week than with an afternoon to relax on the hill with good food whilst enjoying the music and entertainment along the riverfront. There will be fun and games with story telling, face painting, balloon modelling, bubbles, magic and a treasure hunt. Don't miss Vanessa Woolf's new story and Nigel of Bermondsey's new song about King's Stairs Gardens!

The butterfly theme comes from the proposed new butterfly garden in the park which will be officially opened at the picnic. The garden is a community/youth project initiative from the Save King’s Stairs Gardens Action Group in response to the Butterfly Conservation’s call to help stem the decline in butterfly numbers. The Group will be working with local school children to create the garden and thanks go to Southwark Council, Quadron and MGJV for helping us to make this idea a reality. The Butterfly Picnic is also being held during the Butterfly Conservation’s annual Big Butterfly Count, which runs from the 16th to the 31st July, and information will be available on the day to help people get involved in the count or to make their own gardens or balconies butterfly-friendly.

Love Parks Week is an annual campaign, organised by parks charity GreenSpace. Last year Love Parks Week saw over 800 events registered across the country providing opportunities for nearly half a million people to get together outdoors and make the most of what our parks offer.

Paul Bramhill, Chief Executive of GreenSpace, said: “Love Parks Week encourages friends, families, the young and old, to come together and enjoy what our parks and green spaces offer. People must never forget that these spaces provide many opportunities for friendships, education, health, exercise and simple play and fun. Let’s remind and celebrate their meaning, get behind Love Parks Week.”

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