PICTURES: Community picnic shows public support for Belle Vue Park in 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”