National Trust and Nene Park Trust prizes up for grabs in parks photo competition
Prizes from the National Trust and Nene Park Trust are up for grabs in a competition to celebrate parks in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
As part of the #LetsGetOutdoors campaign which is running throughout the spring and summer, local nature enthusiasts are being encouraged to send in photos of their nearby green spaces. And the best entries will feature on the new Cambs Open Space website, with the top three photos also earning rewards from the National Trust and Nene Park Trust.
The Cambs Open Space website - https://www.cambsopenspace.co.uk/ - has been created as part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Future Parks Project. The website contains a map showcasing 200 local parks which each have their own designated page with a list of facilities and local volunteer groups.
Similarly, there is also an ‘events’ page where people can see a list of all events happening at parks across both areas. The campaign hopes to reduce loneliness by urging people to ‘find their spark in the park’, with research showing that visiting local green and natural spaces can significantly boost wellbeing.
The new photo competition will run from 19 May to 23 June, with the National Trust offering:
• A pair of tickets to Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey
• A boat trip for four people at Wicken Fen.
Nene Park Trust is also offering:
A private trip on board its very own electric boat, Wyndham. This is an opportunity to take an otters-eye view of Nene Park, its thriving wildlife and inspiring landscape, for up to 12 people.
Other entries will also feature on the Cambs Open Space website and up to three runners up will be offered a poster copy of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough GreenGround Map – showing the network of parks and open spaces in the county.
To qualify for the competition, the following criteria must be met:
• Photos must be of parks and open spaces in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
• Please avoid any pictures which involve faces of adults and children
• Please provide a name and location of the park/open space photographed.
Photos should be sent to FutureParks@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk with the winning entries judged by nature experts.
Cllr Lorna Dupré, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Environment & Green Investment Committee, said: “We are blessed with many wonderful parks and green spaces which contain so much natural beauty.
“This competition will showcase some of the environmental splendour which Cambridgeshire has to offer and will hopefully encourage more people to make the most of the nature on their doorsteps.”
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Future Parks Project is a partnership between seven local authorities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Local Nature Partnership.
It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Trust and the Ministry of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with the Cambs Open Space website managed by project partners Living Sport.