Keep off the grass!

Image courtesy of Ashley Wilkinson

Please keep off ...

Get off the grass …

I was asked recently on Twitter, if I ever tweet ‘Get off the grass’.

Now, when I was a lad … way back when, there were signs everywhere and parks weren’t really a place for a young boy and his pals to enjoy, too many rules!  In those days, we’d get on our bikes and cycle out of the town and down country lanes; with maybe a jam sandwich, a bottle of water, our swimmers and one of Mum’s old towels.  Happy memories of times when you could pop into the municipal baths, as they were called in the old days; have a quick adventure on a bit of waste land and go ‘scrumping‘ all in time for tea. Anyway, back to what I was asked by @Jam3sPJ on Twitter.

No 'scrumping' - Don't eat the apples ...

The only time that we would respectfully ask visitors to stay off the grass; would be:

  • if we had recently / or were planning to, sow grass seed
  • football match being played
  • site being prepared for event eg fair, bowling green/cricket game or other special sports areas that require preparation etc

It’s strange to think that ‘way back when’, such signs were commonplace.  You’ll find that park rangers today encourage our visitors to enjoy ‘Wolverhampton’s Great Outdoors’ and if that means running, skipping, jumping or rolling on the grass – that’s just what we’d like to see.

My favourite time of the year is summer – family groups with their picnic baskets, youngsters running around laughing, eating ice-creams, sun-worshippers following the rays throughout the day, Grannies knitting whilst listening to the brass bands … takes me right back ….

Anyway, enough of my musings.  Whatever you like to do in your leisure time; don’t forget to send any photographs you may have of you, your family and friends enjoying your park or green space to Wilf@wolverhampton.gov.uk or upload it to our Flickr group.

Until next time – enjoy ‘Wolverhampton’s Great Outdoors’.

~Wilf~

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Wilf is the online presence of Wolverhampton Parks and is written by members of the Parks Team. We are passionate about our parks and we love to meet all of the people that it belongs to. After all, we are only the custodians of all of our green and open spaces.
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