Cotswolds AONB celebrates European Day of Parks 2012

Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is joining protected landscapes in countries across Europe to help celebrate European Day of Parks 2012.

This year´s motto is `See the sky. Touch a tree. Feel the air. Find yourself'. It is simple and individualistic, and intends to inspire people to enjoy and appreciate the natural treasures in their own country and all over Europe.

All this week, a range of guided walks are taking place throughout the Cotswolds, providing people with many opportunities to enjoy nature and our surrounding countryside.

Guided walks along the Wardens and Windrush Ways, the Macmillan Way, as well as walks taking place in Elkstone, Marshfield, the Slaughters and others are on offer by the Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens all this week.  The Escape to the Cotswolds discovery centre, set in the Old Prison at Northleach, which will be open between Wednesday and Saturday, also provides a unique way of finding out more about this fascinating landscape.

The European Day of Parks was created by the EUROPARC Federation, the umbrella organisation for Europe’s protected areas, to raise the profile of these green gems and generate public support for their aims and work. Since it was launched in 1999 many protected landscapes have taken advantage of this opportunity and hundreds of events have been held across Europe each year on and around the 24th May. The date is significant because it is the day the first European national park was founded in Sweden in 1909.