We're helping to provide some virtual green space whilst you stay home this spring by Bringing Parks to You! Our next stop brings us to Luton, one of the largest towns in the UK - immerse yourself in a trip to some of their local parks and green spaces.
As we arrive at the park gates in Luton we're taking a journey over Wardown Park, just a stone's throw from the town centre. Situated on the River Lea, the space is rich in history and as well as a fountain and a boating lake has recently seen the addition of an Air Quality Arboretum project as an educational resource.
Our second day in Luton once again brings us to the park map and an opportunity to explore the various parks and green spaces the town has to offer.
On our last visit to the virtual park pavilion we're hearing about the wide range of activities that take place in more normal times in an actual park pavilion and in the surrounding 17 hectares that make up Houghton Hall Park in Houghton Regis, just a few miles from Luton! The space has been transformed into a hive of activity over recent years, as we hear: "One of the biggest achievements of the last few years is the growth of our volunteer base, we started with one volunteer and now have around thirty who regularly help out in the gardens and events. The regeneration of the Hall's original kitchen garden has been a huge success, Houghton Hall Park's Community Gardener works with a team of volunteers to grow produce which is sold and distributed to the local community. A range of activities now take place in the park which are coordinated by the park's Activity Officer: parkrun and junior parkrun every weekend, buggy exercise, yoga, conservation tasks, dog festivals, floral workshops, plant sales, craft activities, to name a few. The café in the Visitors Centre is also very popular with the local community and dog walkers".
A new visitor centre, opened in October 2017, was just one of the major improvements made thanks to the award of a grant of £2.2 million to transform the park as part of the 'Renaissance and Renewal Project' from National Lottery Heritage Fund's 'Parks for People' grant scheme.
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We hope the latest stop on our Bringing Parks to You tour here in Luton brought a little virtual joy in these challenging times as we are all reminded what valuable and precious places our local parks and green spaces are. This is the final stop on our tour, but if you missed any of the locations on our Bringing Parks to You journey they are all still available to explore!
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