YOU have got to take your hat off the campaigners fighting to keep Swansea's Rec ground as an open space — they know how to get your attention.
Residents living near the St Helen's greenery have submitted an application to get it officially recognised as a "village green", meaning it would be protected from future development.
But in a counter move, earlier this month Swansea Council said it intended to "appropriate" the land as an open space — a designation meaning it would not be protected and could be built on.
Now campaigners are once again mobilising the public to oppose the council move, and will be hitting the streets of Uplands and Brynmill — in a suitably seasonal hat — with all the information people need to submit objections to the local authority's move.
One for the Rec fighters, Sandy Johns, said: "We have had tremendous support for this — people feel very passionate about the Rec.
"When you talk to people about the Rec they talk about going their with their parents and grandparents, and about taking their children there too — it is like a part of the family.
"The bid by the council to appropriate the land would mean developers could later move in and build on it — nobody wants to see that.
"We are urging people to oppose the council move — but the deadline for any objections is the end of the week.
"The Rec is an open space that is used by everyone."
Swansea Council is applying for what is known as a "section 122 appropriation notice" for the land.
The Recreation ground, off Oystermouth Road, was one of more than 550 parcels of land across the county which were nominated as candidate sites in the council's local development plan (LDP), which takes effect from 2015.
The move by the council to safeguard any possible sale or development of the land comes as campaigners are battling to get the same plot of land designated as a "village green", meaning it could not be built on.