Be it building a den or having a go on the swings, play in our parks takes many forms and this week, to coincide with national Play Day on Wednesday, Summer of Parks celebrates the impact and importance of play.


Get involved this week

Wednesday 7th August is national PlayDay and there are events taking place across the UK to celebrate this year's theme, Play Builds Children. You can see if there are any events taking place near you on the PlayDay website.

One Small Thing
One Small ThingThis week we're asking you to consider what opportunties for play currently exist at your local park. These may be more formal in nature, such as a set of swings and a slide, or they may be more informal such as places to explore and for kids to let their minds grow.


Discover this week

To start our eleventh Summer of Parks week we're taking a look at the importance of play for children's development as well as how we're putting it at the centre of our work.

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Play Builds Children
Play Must Stay

We welcome to Summer of Parks a guest blog from Mark Hardy, Chairman of the Association of Play Industries, who reflects on the importance of play and shares their latest research findings.

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Wednesday Wisdom


Thursday Throwback


Our latest Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Kay Park in Kilmarnock, highlighting the work they do year-round to encourage and champion play, including their annual Playday event.

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Kay Park


Outdoor play

We welcome a guest blog from Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive of Play Scotland and Fields in Trust Scotland Committee member, who discusses the importance of outdoor experiences for children's development.

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About Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.

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