But the importance of parks is much wider - rather than simply being pretty green spaces, they affect people's health and well being, are vital habitats for wildlife and often play an important role in cleaning water before it reaches the sea. Here is just one of these stories, from Hasting Borough Council's Alexandra Park, showing the vital link between our parks and seas.
Just one example of how we choose to live our life on land impacting on our seas - sometimes with good news.
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