Children's play areas are closed until further notice, however you can still access our amazing parks.

Please remember to practice social distancing, this includes no close contact, stay 2m apart, maximum 2 people in a group (unless part of your household) and stay away from busy areas.

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From 1 June, council owned play parks within the Malvern Hills district became voluntary smoke free zones as a result of us signing the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. pdf View the declaration. (1.43 MB)

The declaration is a statement of Malvern Hills District Council’s commitment to address the harm caused by tobacco as part of our priorities; to build stronger and healthier communities and make the most of our superb environment. 

Voluntary smoke free zones have been introduced in seven of our play areas:

  • Priory Park, Malvern
  • Dean Close, Powick
  • Montgomery Close, Powick
  • Milestone Road, Upton
  • Gainsborough Close,Welland
  • Gifford Drive, Welland
  • Blandford Close, Welland

Smoke free zones have already been successfully introduced by several local authorities across the country. Evidence shows the benefits of introducing smoke free play areas includes:

  • Decreases the opportunity for children to see adults smoking around them
  • Creates an environment in which smoking in not seen as the norm thus potentially motivating smokers to cut down or to quit
  • Protects the environment and saving local authorities money by reducing tobacco- related litter
  • Offers further protection from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

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