This week's blog is a guest post from Nigel Sharp, Parks Development Officer at Liverpool City Council.

Liverpool has a fabulous legacy of great parks ranging from the grandeur of the city’s Victorian heritage to more natural areas including woodland, coast and countryside.

A beautiful rainbow captured in one of Liverpool’s many spectacular parks and gardens
A beautiful rainbow captured in one of Liverpool’s many spectacular parks and gardens.

Liverpool’s open spaces are the focus of People’s Parks, the city’s park photography competition. Started in 2010, the competition is organised by the Liverpool Parks Friends Forum (LPFF) working alongside me - the Parks Development Officer for the City Council.

Every day our parks provide terrific opportunities for photography, from capturing the vagaries of our ever changing weather, to watching wildlife or just having fun.  

A cow in a Liverpool park
Wildlife in the parks

We’re delighted that this year People’s Parks has been supported by Tate Liverpool to celebrate Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings and is part of the Our Liverpool Landscape programme.  

We’d like you to join in.  Perhaps the lilies and peonies of our gardens, borders and ponds can be your inspiration or maybe the effect of showers, storms or sunshine on a favourite park view will capture your emotions in a park photo?

If you need further inspiration try Stanley, Croxteth, Newsham and Sefton parks, part of the city’s rich cultural heritage.  The walled gardens of Wavertree, Greenbank, Calderstones,Reynolds Parks and Woolton Wood provide an escape from the urban environment, and don’t forget our city centre gems, the gardens at Falkner Square,St John’s and Our Lady and St Nicholas, the sailor’s church.

A summer’s morning in Mill Woods
A summer’s morning in Mill Woods

By contrast, woodlands in Fazakerley, Croxteth, Childwall and Speke are reminders of more natural landscapes, providing a haven for wildlife and inspiration for many photographers.

You can enter the People’s Parks photo competition until 7 September 2012 with categories comprising ‘Park Landscapes - my favourite view’, ‘People and Parks’ and ‘Flora and Fauna’.

Big foot and little girl, Playing with perspective in the parks
Playing with perspective in the parks

Winning entries will be featured in the 2013 Parks Calendar produced by Liverpool’s Park Friends Forum.
Full terms and details at where you can also find out more about Liverpool’s parks and open spaces.         

Nigel Sharp
Parks Development Officer, Liverpool City Council