The nearest Park for Ainsdale residents is four miles away, so this neighbourhood park has become a popular place for the community. From people playing with their children,youngsters playing football, dog walkers and the elderly enjoying the fresh air. This picnic bench would be a fantastic addition, creating an area for families to socialise and enjoy the open air.Have picnics, share coffee, read and relax in lovely surroundings. It will offer a place for older people or less mobile people to sit down and enjoy the nature in the park, meet and chat to others, and feel a sense of social inclusion and belonging. The Friends Group organise bug house and wildflower identification events for local people and uniformed groups. This table will provide an important, much needed base where findings can be recorded, discussed and evaluated. After COVID 19 this table will be important to help us begin to rebuild friendships, and feel part of the community again.
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Why it's a great idea:
This table will improve the overall health and well being for people visiting the park and spending more time outdoors connecting with their environment and people in their community. It will reduce social isolation and loneliness and create a sense of belonging. It will create an area where all people, including wheelchair users and children in buggies, can enjoy picnics,sit, chat, do activities, read or just reflect in a lovely environment. It will bring people in the community together who may not normally have stopped to sit together, speak and interact with each other - creating conversation, more than just a passing 'hello'. It will provide an important base where the Friends Group can have a focus to hold nature based events such as bug hotel building and tree or wildflower identification. Children will be able to make investigations, record and discuss their findings and enjoy refreshments at the end of the event.
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