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Council Twitter campaign shortlisted for national award

A COUNCIL Twitter campaign to promote Love Parks Week has made the shortlist for a national award.

Love Parks aThe social media campaign ran throughout the annual celebration of the country's parks and green spaces in July, and encouraged residents to reveal the personal reasons why Rugby's parks and green spaces make the borough a better place to live.

Residents were invited to write messages on special Love Parks Week heart-shaped boards, completing the sentence: "I love my park because....,".

Holding the message, the authors then posed for photographs which were posted on the council's Twitter accounts.

Messages included: "I love my park because...

  • "... we have lots of fun and love the space and equipment." - pupils at Brownsover Community School.
  • "... the floral displays are fantastic." - visitor to Caldecott Park.
  • "... it's there for everyone to enjoy. It's a perfectly formed jewel of a pocket park." - member of New Bilton Community Association about Gladstone Green.

In addition to residents, the leader of Rugby Borough Council, Cllr Michael Stokes, joined the celebration of the borough's parks and green spaces, together with Cllr Lisa Parker, the council portfolio holder for environment and public realm.

Now the Twitter campaign has been shortlisted for the Love Parks Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards.

Love Parks bThe award honours events and campaigns which promote Love Parks Week and its aim of encouraging residents to visit and enjoy parks across the country.

Cllr Parker said: "2017 was a memorable year for Rugby's parks and green spaces, with five Green Flag Awards and gold in the Heart of England in Bloom Awards.

"We know our residents enjoy Rugby's parks all year round but Love Parks Week gives us the chance to celebrate the important role our green spaces play in the lives of our communities, and I'm delighted our Twitter campaign has been shortlisted for a national award."

The Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards take place next month at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.

Photo captions: (top) Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, backed the Love Parks Week social media campaign.

(bottom) Staff at Brownsover Community School took to Twitter to celebrate Love Parks Week.

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