Time for a spring clean? 

Kitson Park in Shiphay needs help from the community to bring it back to life. 

Kitson Park in Shiphay needs help from the community to bring it back to life. - Credit: Groundwork South

Following the visit to Kitson Park, Stewart laments how times have changed.

He reminisces about how his children would visit the park some 40 years ago; how they loved to play on the swings and slide and about the many apples they collected from the tree there that were taken home and baked into pies or crumbles.

As easy as it is to get caught up in the rose-tinted memories, Stewart is also looking to the future and how he can help ensure the future of Kitson is rosy.

As Covid restrictions ease, there is some repair, repainting and renovation work to be done in the park.

As Covid restrictions ease, there is some repair, repainting and renovation work to be done in the park. - Credit: Groundwork South 

He is compiling ideas and suggestions for how to bring Kitson Park back to life so that another generation of children can play and grow here. And he’s not alone.

Many of us are looking at the important role that local green spaces will have to play as we make our way out of the latest lockdown, and hopefully back to ‘normal’.

To do this, we need to ensure that these places are in the best of health if they are going to be of most benefit to the communities they serve.

Whether providing a place to exercise, space to breath, somewhere we can take action – no matter how small – to mitigate the impacts of climate change or all of these and more, our parks and green spaces matter. 

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At Groundwork South, we’ve been hosting a virtual Green Café each Wednesday afternoon for the last few weeks. 

It’s a friendly, relaxed ‘space’ where we’ve been able to share thoughts about green spaces and hear from different people about projects and ideas that we could get involved in.  

For most of us it’s not quite the same as being out there actively caring for our favourite park or green space, but it does serve to remind us that we are still connected and that, when it’s time, there will be others out there with us ready to make a difference. 

To find out more about the Green Café, Green Spaces in Torbay and support available for communities wanting to help care for them, please contact Hannah Worthington on 07940510616 or email hannah.worthington@groundwork.org.uk 

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