Environment: Here comes the Big Green Weekend

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How often do you pause to simply enjoy the many parks and open spaces on your doorstep?

This autumn, environmental charity BTCV is urging families to join in with its Big Green Weekend and re-discover green spaces in the region.

BTCV’s Big Green Weekend, running from October 21 to 23, is a celebration of all things green and a chance to say thank you to all the volunteers who work hard throughout the year to protect and improve our precious local environment.

People can get involved in the fun today by registering to take part in BTCV’s Tree-Sure Hunt, a sponsored tree spotting challenge which aims to raise cash to make sure our parks, woodlands and community spaces continue to be cared for and available for future generations to enjoy.

The Tree-sure Hunt aims to get families outside enjoying nature and having fun. You can do your Tree-sure Hunt at any park or public woodland and it’s up to you whether you collect seeds, leaves or bark rubbings.

Sign up online at www.btcv.org and you’ll be able to download and print off our handy mini tree identification guides to help you in your search and a sponsorship form. And when you’ve finished there will be a certificate to download. You can also get involved with the click of a mouse through Virgin Giving.

The charity’s Monique van Assouw said: “The Big Green Weekend celebration will bring together volunteers across the UK and Europe in a weekend of environmental activity.

“Thousands of volunteers from BTCV will be improving parks and green spaces throughout the weekend and urging people to get out and enjoy them. I hope people in Buckinghamshire will join in the fun and help us raise some cash to protect our green space.”

BTCV’s Big Green Weekend also includes a national awards ceremony to recognise volunteers and a flagship event in Regent’s Park, London, on October 22 which features a Tree-Sure hunt, family activities and volunteering sessions. Events are also taking place in France, Germany, Iceland, Estonia, Greece and other locations across the UK.

In 2010 we helped 20,000 people into work. Our hands-on environmental opportunities and help for people developing skills for both life and work is as critical as ever.