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 Saturday 20 October three open spaces in Milton, Baffins and Great Salterns 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 from 11am, 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 and prizes to collect at four activity stations along 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 Baffins, Milton and Great Salterns area. This is a fantastic 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 to improve air quality in our city."

The walking route takes in Baffins Pond, Great Salterns and Milton Common. The three mile route allows the average walker approximately one to two hours to complete the challenge and take part in the activities on offer.

There are four activity stations to visit where walkers can chat with representatives from the council's partner organisations - Baffins Pond Association, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Portsmouth Friend of the Earth. There will be plenty of activities for children including sensory activities, bug hunting, bark rubbing, bug hotel-building, discovering mini beasts using microscopes, bird identification, designing a litter pick poster and drawing their favourite street.

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

Visitors can collect a stamp card and pedometer from the council's activity station at Baffins Pond, near Alderman Lacey Library, then continue to visit the other activity stations.

Green Space Challenge takes place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 20 October. There is no registration required.

To find out more and for a map of the route, visit http://bit.ly/2DjK1ts.