Lincoln puts neighbouring Nottingham to shame as lockdown relaxed

Visitors to a popular Lincoln park have welcomed another day of warm temperatures and gorgeous sun by meeting up with friends and family, and have made sure to respect our open spaces as they do so.

Unlike other cities, such as Nottingham, where the council has closed two public parks as a result of unauthorised mass gatherings, dog walkers and sunbathers alike were all following the rules when Lincolnshire Live visited Lincoln Arboretum today, Wednesday, March 31.

Other cities have also seen huge amounts of litter left behind by revellers, but again Lincoln’s residents were keen to the place clean for others.

Following this week’s progression into the final part of step one of the Prime Minister’s lockdown exit roadmap, the ‘stay at home’ rule has officially come to an end.

Instead, people are being told to ‘stay local’, alongside seeing a return in the rule of six, which allows up to six people or two households to meet in public outdoor spaces or in a private garden.

Outdoor sports facilities like golf courses and football pitches and open-air swimming pools have also been allowed to reopen.

The next step, expected on April 12, could see non-essential shopping, personal care businesses like hairdressers and nail salons and outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks reopen if data at the time permits.

Following shocking images of overcrowding and litter from other parks around the country, Lincolnshire Live took to the city – and was greeted by not a single piece of litter in sight.

Kat Dawson, 21, and George Nemec, 20, met for the first time since before Christmas 2020 today.

Both students at the University of Lincoln, they said it’s important to care for parks in the county by cleaning up after yourself.

Kat Watson, 21 and George Nemec, 20
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Kat said: “I think it is really important to care for our parks and opening spaces.

“If it’s trashed, its not nice for the animals and wildlife that live there. You’ve got to think about them too.

George added: “This is the first time we’ve met up in months.

“It’s great to be able to meet up with friends, it’s good to finally have a catch up.”

Ellie Handford, 17, Devon Calam, 17, Evie Moniz, 18, Ella Bean, 17, Emily Lacey, 17 and Lili hart, 18, had already placed their litter together in a pile as they took advantage of another warm day with a socially distanced meet up.

L-R: Ellie Handford, 17, Devon Calam, 17, Evie Moniz, 18, Ella Bean, 17, Emily Lacey, 17 and Lili hart, 18
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Evie said: “I think it’s so much better that we’re allowed to see our mates now and be able to come for picnics or just a catch up.

“The restrictions being eased has really made me much happier, it’s definitely helped my mental health in lots of ways.”

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Olivia, 18, Katie Logan, 17, Nicole Wright, 18, and Abi Daubney, 17, took to the arboretum to enjoy a picnic in the sunshine.

L-R: Olivia, 18, Katie, 17, Nicole, 18, Abi, 17
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Nicole told Lincolnshire Live: “It’s so good to be able to sit and enjoy the nice weather, but I think it’s really important to make sure you take your rubbish home with you.

“We’ve brought some bin bags to put our stuff in, and will take it home to put in our own bin, not leave it behind for someone else to clear up.”

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