Avenham Park attracted few visitors despite the Government easing restrictions on lockdown yesterday (Wednesday, May 13)

Preston parks remain quiet despite Government easing lockdown restrictions

Parks in Preston remained mostly empty on Wednesday (May 13) despite the Government allowing people to meet friends and family in the city's green spaces for the first time in two months.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 2:13 pm

Avenham, Haslam and Moor Parks all remained quiet, with just a few dog walkers, young families and couples strolling among the footpaths at a safe distance from each other.

Preston photographer Donna Clifford has spent her exercise time in lockdown documenting a very different looking city.

She's well used to capturing Preston in all its glory - you can see from her Instagram feed (@donnalclifford) that she spends her time making the most terrific photography, but these strange times has provided a unique challenge.

But a new landscape, albeit a quieter one, has made for just as stunning pictures, as Donna works on this new project

Some had feared that the city's parks would become overrun with families and friends reuniting in public for the first time since lockdown began on March 23, following the Government's easing of restrictions on Wednesday.

But as coronavirus continues to kill hundreds of people in the UK each day, many Prestonians appeared cautious about socialising in public spaces amid the ongoing pandemic.

With three of its biggest parks largely empty for much of yesterday afternoon, the city appears to have opted to 'stay at home' and 'stay safe' for now.

But with warm, sunny weather forecast for Lancashire this weekend, we might see more families visiting the parks for that long-awaited reunion.

Have you met friends and family in the parks yet? Did you feel safe? Or do you think it is too soon?

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