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Sunny weekend draws in the visitors

After a long cold winter, and a disappointing Easter weekend, visitors flocked to Ferry Meadows in their thousands on the sunny Bank Holiday Monday earlier this week.

In fact, the park proved such a popular choice that all the car parks were full by 12.30pm - with over 1000 cars on site! It is estimated that over 5,000 visitors passed through the park throughout the day, making it one of the busiest days ever at Ferry Meadows.

The Trust's Chief Executive, James McCulloch said, "It is fantastic that Ferry Meadows was able to provide a great day out for so many visitors. With the park growing in popularity and city expanding, it's great that the park has such a huge capacity. However, even a large car park with over 800 parking spaces can get full sometimes - and it was unfortunate that those arriving later in the day by car may have been disappointed they were unable to enter.

We are always looking at ways to improve our capacity and to provide reasons to visit throughout the year - not just on the peak days - but Monday was exceptional: I know that several other country parks throughout the UK were also full by early afternoon."

The Trust's Landscpae Manager, Clare Freeman, added, "The Park Ranger team did a great job in managing the 1000's of visitors throughout the whole weekend, and this was helped by some of our new park volunteers, who took the lead on a park clean-up operation first thing on Tuesday.

The park has an amazing ability to accomodate visitors for a whole range of activites, including Thorpe Meadows and Orton Mere - but we are always keen to encourage more people to walk or cycle to Ferry Meadows: it's healthy, free and you won't have a problem parking!"