Nice stroll: visitors enjoy the scenery at Woodberry Wetlands. Photograph: Hackney Council

Hackney’s parks will play host to a variety of get-togethers over the next seven days to celebrate the first ever London National Park City Week.

Nearly 20 events will take place across the borough starting from tomorrow, including community picnics, nature walks, bird-spotting, and an art exhibition in Robin Hood Community Garden.

The festivities run from 21-29 July and coincide with the first week of the school holidays.

Clissold Park

‘Beautiful’: Clissold Park. Photograph: David Holt

Town Hall parks chief and co-deputy mayor Feryal Demirci said: “National Park City Week is a celebration of London’s incredible green spaces.

“We’re proud to support it with our own series of events in Hackney’s beautiful parks and green spaces, celebrating the nature and people that make them great.”

Hackney’s parks were last year awarded a record 23 green flags.

Park life: Springfield on a sunny day. Photograph: Hackney Council

The borough boasts the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes, and the historic Springfield and Clissold parks, as well as the Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve – opened two years ago by none other than Sir David Attenborough.

The National Park City Week events are open to all.

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