'Have a field day' 2019 launched

FITin General Interest

UK green space charity, Fields in Trust, is inviting people to take part in a national celebration of parks and green spaces on "Have a Field Day", Saturday 6th July.

The charity expect that thousands of people across the UK will come together once again this summer for picnics with their friends and neighbours to celebrate why green spaces are so special to the local communities who visit them and care for them.

Research published by Fields in Trust demonstrates that using local green spaces improves physical and mental health and wellbeing. They also say community events in parks are a great way to connect with neighbours, enabling ourselves and other people to feel more supported and less alone.

In a statement the charity said that Have a Field Day is an opportunity for people to champion their local parks and green spaces by enjoying spending time in them, at the same time as joining a movement of fellow park users across the UK.

Fields in Trust policy manager Alison McCann said, "Our research shows that parks and green spaces have an important role in society and can help to transform lives where communities can come together, tackling social isolation and loneliness, as well as contribute to improved mental and physical health and help to tackle the childhood obesity crisis. However, first and foremost they are places for play, sport and recreation; Have a Field Day is a way to celebrate all the positive things we love about the UK's parks and green spaces."

Anyone interested in planning a Have a Field Day picnic in their park on Saturday 6th July 2019, visit the Fields in Trust website, www.fieldsintrust.org/have-a-field-day

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