The local community in Chapel-en-le-Frith is to get a say in the future of their parks thanks to a new partnership between Community Interest Company Shift and the Parish Council.
The work follows on from Love Parks Week, a campaign by Keep Britain Tidy to love, respect and protect our parks this summer.
Around 9 in 10 people surveyed by Natural England in May 2020 agreed natural spaces are good for mental health and wellbeing.
Focusing on Chapel-en-le-Frith Memorial Park, Needhams Rec, Sparrowpit and Combs Park, local people will be able to take part in conversations to identify what they need and want from the parks.
The work builds on the experience Shift have engaging with communities in the High Peak as part of their Active 4 Life initiative.
A working group made up of representatives from Shift, Friends of Chapel Park, High Peak Borough Council and local residents will organise a variety of opportunities for these conversations to take place.
This will include discussion groups, events in the park and questionnaires. The feedback gathered will form the basis of recommendations for Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council to take forwards.
A host of free activities will be taking place in Chapel Memorial Park over the summer holidays as part of this. You can find out more about these on the Chapel Parish Council Facebook page.
Andrea Kemp, CEO at Shift said: “We’re really excited about talking to people in Chapel to find out what they want from their parks. We want to improve the parks so they’re a place everyone can enjoy based on listening with interest to what the community wants.”