We #loveweyport parks

Thank you to everyone who entered the #loveweyportparks photography competition.

The competition, which celebrated our beautiful parks and gardens, saw around 80 photographs entered from across our borough.

They are all available here: https://storify.com/Dorsetcomms/we-love-our-parks and the winning shot (fourth one down) of flowerbeds is captioned.  

Sarah, who is from Portland and works as a freelance Project Manager and book keeper, said: “I recently took up photography as a hobby and often find inspiration in our local parks, so I can’t tell you how delighted I am to have won this competition! 

“I grew up in Weymouth and spent some very happy teenage summer holidays on the beach near Greenhill. I had a summer job in the Greenhill Gardens Café, right next to where my photo was taken, so of course Greenhill Gardens holds many happy memories for me.  During the last couple of years I have increased the amount of walking I do, aiming for 10,000 steps a day, so having a park or two along my walking routes is so uplifting.” 

The competition was judged by members of the Friends Groups, who support our parks and gardens. They were impressed by the high standards and also particularly liked Marc Eyre’s atmospheric shot of Sandsfoot Castle.        

The winning entry and a selection of the other photographs will shortly be on display at the borough council offices in Commercial Road.

Councillor Kate Wheller, Community Facilities Briefholder which covers parks and gardens, said: “Our parks and gardens are among the best in the whole country and a fantastic asset to our borough.

“I would encourage everyone to go and explore the beauty that is on their doorstep, after all a walk in the park is free, healthy and fun.”

Around 3.6 million people visit Weymouth and Portland’s 91 hectares of green space every year. More information is available here: dorsetforyou.gov.uk/weymouthandportlandgardens