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Barking and Dagenham celebrates National Park City Week by counting butterflies

PUBLISHED: 14:09 11 July 2018

Parks friends groups are organising events across London to celebrate National Park City week, including the Friends of Dagnam Park group. Picture: Friends of DagnamPark

Parks friends groups are organising events across London to celebrate National Park City week, including the Friends of Dagnam Park group. Picture: Friends of DagnamPark

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England only has a limited number of activities for this much sunny weather – so people in Dagenham have taken to counting butterflies.

To celebrate National Park City Week from July 21, a new campaign is being launched called #GoParksLondon, to get people attending events at their local parks, organised by Friends of Parks groups.

People from Barking and Dagenham are being encouraged to head to Valence House Museum, where they’ll be able to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly survey, The Big Butterfly Count.

The nationwide survey has been going since 2010 in an attempt to assess the health of our environment. Butterflies react quickly to changes in the environment, which makes them good indicators of the state of the world around them.

The event will be open from 11am until 3pm on July 21 with no booking required.

Residents can also enter the #GoParksLondon competition, by visiting a park in London they’ve not been to before, posting a picture on social media, with a chance to win a prize.

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