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PICTURES: Community picnic shows public support for Belle Vue Park in Sudbury


By Newsdesk Sudbury


Bug and tree-spotting, not to mention yummy finger-food eaten from blankets laid out on the grass, was all that was needed for a successful afternoon out in Belle Vue Park in Sudbury at the weekend.

A community picnic to show support for the park, and to appreciate it for being a valued open space in the town, took place on Saturday.

Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Oskar Fowler, 6, Louise Violet May and Rowan Fowler, 8..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476940)
Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Oskar Fowler, 6, Louise Violet May and Rowan Fowler, 8..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476940)

The event was organised by members of the Belle Vue Park: Rescue, Restore and Revive campaign.

Organiser Louise Violet May said the campaign was formed to work alongside the Facebook group Sudbury People Against a Hotel Built on or in Front of Belle Vue Park, which has more than 1,000 members.

Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Diane Warren, Frankie Williams, 4, Amy Williams, 5, Daniel Williams and Jean Stannard..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476939)
Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Diane Warren, Frankie Williams, 4, Amy Williams, 5, Daniel Williams and Jean Stannard..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476939)

“It brings together members of the community from Sudbury and the surrounding area to fight against any major commercial development, such as a chain hotel, restaurant and car park being built on the site,” she said.

“The community was invited to gather for a picnic as a way of showing their appreciation and support for the park as an important outdoor community space in Sudbury.”

Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Lexi Smith, 9, Scarlet Noe, 10 and Fred Smith, 7..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476944)
Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Lexi Smith, 9, Scarlet Noe, 10 and Fred Smith, 7..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476944)

The event was held as part of a national initiative called Have a Field Day which champions green spaces and parks, providing youngsters with bug-spotting cards with bug viewers, along with tree identification cards.

It was attended by Sudbury town councillor Ellen Murphy, who said: “I was lucky enough to be born in the country. I had freedom, time to be a child and to enjoy nature.

Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Rowan Fowler, 8 and Oskar Fowler, 6..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476941)
Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - (L-R)Rowan Fowler, 8 and Oskar Fowler, 6..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476941)

“However, unless we protect the open spaces we have, our children and future generations will miss out on what myself and others took for granted.

“Children and young people need to be allowed to develop in their own time and space. Unfortunately, when we become adults, we often forget to think as a child does and appreciate simple things like nature around us. Support open spaces and parks before it is too late.”

Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - A marching band perform at the event..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476937)
Belle Vue Park Community Picnic - A marching band perform at the event..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13476937)


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