With the start of Love Parks Week (12-21 July ) today Oxford City Council is encouraging people to get out and enjoy their local green spaces.
The city of Oxford has over 150 park and green space sites, including six Green Flag awarded parks. These include Blackbird Leys park, Bury Knowle park, Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Florence Park, Hinksey Park, and St. Sepulchre’s Cemetery.
Florence Park in Cowley, and Cutteslowe Park in North Oxford have been nominated for the UK's Best Park or Green Space by the Fields in Trust group.
All of the parks contain a variety of features such as large green spaces, water features, gym equipment and sculptures.
Time spent in parks, whether exercising or just enjoying nature, has been shown to be good for physical and mental health, and the City Council recognises and supports the benefits of using our parks.
Councillor Louise Upton, Cabinet Member for Healthy Oxford, said: “I’m delighted that Florence Park and Cutteslowe Park are in the running for this national award, and I encourage everyone to go online and vote for them. We’re also very proud to retain Green Flag Status for our five flagship parks and St Sepulchre Cemetery.
“Not only do these parks provide huge amounts of green space, but they also offer a host of healthy, community-focused activities that anyone can join in with. Just a walk in the park is a fantastic way to build exercise into your day, meet new people and take in the great outdoors."