Free #LoveParksWeek events were fun for everyone

Photo of children taking part in creative activity with a member of the Friends of Southern Country Park to make a Loggahead
Visitors who came to celebrate #LoveParksWeek at the East Herts Council family-friendly events in Southern Country Park, Bishop’s Stortford and Pishiobury Park, Sawbridgeworth last week enjoyed dog shows, craft activities, face painting, meet-ups with cows, bug hunts, and fitness trails, together with visits from Hertfordshire Police Service and Dogability.

Southern Country Park - 25 July

Celebrations started on Tuesday at Southern Country Park where Dogability did a demonstration of dog training techniques and children enjoyed making Loggaheads from hazel at the Friends of Southern Country Park stall as well as other craft and fitness activities.  

Over at the fun dog show the canine crowned Champion of Champions from the three categories was Zelda the Miniature Poodle.  East Herts Council Chairman, Martin Butcher had the difficult job of judging the category. The dogs crowned winners of each category were:

  • Most handsome dog: Goose, the Labrador 
  • Prettiest bitch: Bella, the German Shepherd 
  • Best rescue: Bob, the Jack Russell Beagle cross 
  • Champion of Champions: Zelda, the Miniature Poodle 

Pishiobury Park - 27 July

At Pishiobury, visitors got to have a special meet-up with the Longhorn Cattle that graze the park and learn more about them. The Friends of Pishiobury Park had creative treats like crafting dream catchers to entertain the little ones together with bug hunts and helping them identify the critters they found.

Speaking about the events, East Herts Council Chairman, Martin Butcher said:

“It was wonderful to join residents at these family events this week and see the joy on children’s faces as they ran around enjoying the nature and creative activities – getting them outside in the fresh air and providing a platform for some much-needed family time. 

“Our Love Parks Week events are always a hit with locals but it was lovely to see a great turnout even though the weather wasn’t ideal. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back next year!”

To view photographs from both events, visit the East Herts Council Facebook page and look at the photo album: