UPDATE - 12 August 9.30am:

Unfortunately this afternoon's Green Space Challenge event is being cancelled because of the bad weather forecast. We know this will disappoint people so we will be trying to find another date when hopefully everyone can enjoy our green spaces without getting wet.

 

Portsmouth City Council is running a free, family-friendly walking event which showcases some of the fabulous green spaces the city has to offer. On Sunday 12 August five open spaces in the Milton and Baffins area will become alive with activities in a bid to encourage residents to explore their local environment. 

Perfect for children and adults, this event, which starts at 12pm, aims to get people on their feet, out into the fresh air and exploring the natural environment right on their doorstep. There will be plenty to do along the way, with activities to enjoy at five activity stations, plus prizes for completing the route.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, and ward councillor for Baffins, said: "I'm delighted to support this event which highlights the fabulous open spaces we have in the Milton area. This is a fantastic school holiday activity which enables people to explore this fascinating area, and it's all accessible on foot.

"We want to make sure that Portsmouth is the best environment possible for people to live, work and visit. Green Space Challenge is aimed at getting people out of their cars and onto their feet, bikes and onto public transport to improve air quality in our city."

The walking routes take in Baffins Pond, Great Salterns, Milton Common, Tamworth Park and Milton Park. There are two routes to follow. The shorter, 3.5km route, allows walkers to stop at three activity stations and takes approximately two hours to complete. The longer route of just under 6km includes five activity stations which should take the average walker around 3.5 hours, starting at 12 noon.

There are five activity stations along the routes where walkers can chat with representatives from the council's partner organisations: Portsmouth Friends of the Earth, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Baffins Pond Association and Fratton Big Local. Activities for children include bark rubbing, wildlife spotting, bug hunting and 'street design', where Friends of the Earth will ask children to draw their favourite street.

The council's Active Travel Team will host their own activity where people can find out more about how walking, cycling and using public transport help to improve air quality.

Visitors can collect a stamp card and pedometer from any activity station and walk in any direction. When three or five stamps have been collected walkers can claim their free prize.

Green Space Challenge takes place from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 12 August. There is no registration required.

To find out more and for a map of the route, visit www.portsmouthcc.gov.uk and search 'Walking in Portsmouth'