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Easter vacation: Take care of our city and each other

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The first relaxing of restrictions this week has coincided with some unseasonably warm weather, and it’s been lovely to see the blue skies over Manchester as we finally enjoy time outdoors with friends and family.

However, the sights in some of our parks, particularly Platt Fields, have been a lot less pleasant.

Last week, we highlighted the issue of gatherings in Platt Fields Park. Even if you haven’t been to the park, you will have seen the media reports of littering, noise and anti-social behaviour. This is not a student-only issue, but we are aware that many of our students will be meeting friends, taking advantage of the Easter break and relaxing in the city’s outdoor spaces.

We want you to take a break enjoy the weather, it’s been a tough winter.  However, if you are planning on going to a park, especially Platt Fields Park, be considerate of your community and respectful of the environment.  Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council will be working together over the coming days in Platt Fields Park, including deploying officer patrols.

We know that the closest park can seem the obvious choice for outdoor space but remember you’re in a big city with lots to offer.  Why not avoid the busier spots and try somewhere new, take a look at these 60 parks and gardens in Manchester for inspiration.

Or, you could spend some time exploring the city on foot. Take a stroll along the Manchester Ship Canal, or discover Victorian Manchester.   Or, a walk round Salford Quays is nice way to get just outside the city – and if you fancy extending your walk you can wander along the canal to get there.

However you enjoy your Easter break, please remember that we expect all our students to respect their community and ensure that their behaviour does not have a negative impact on others – both long term residents and other students.

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