A NEW campaign has started to try to stem a rise in littering and anti-social behaviour in Leeds’ parks.

A new survey by Keep Britain Tidy shows that more than half of the country’s parks have had to pull in extra resources to deal with such issues since lockdown was eased. Now the charity has put together a campaign that features images of, and quotes from, real park users and staff.

The comments explain how anti-social behaviour makes those who are affected by it feel, while urging people to ‘be kind’ to their local park.

Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyle, Councillor Mohammed Rafique, said: “Unfortunately, as restrictions have been lifted and people have been going outside more our parks and green spaces have suffered from anti-social behaviour from some members of the public.

“I very much welcome Keep Britain Tidy’s new campaign which will start in Roundhay Park and will aim to give park users a pertinent reminder and a clear call to action to behave appropriately and responsibly.”