Parks as we know them today have been around since the 1800s and whilst some may not be quite that old, each local green space has a rich history to explore.
There are ways of researching the history of your local park from the comfort of home, but there's even more to discover by exploring the park itself!
One Small Thing
This week we're asking you to see if you can find out something about the history of your local park. Perhaps the year it was opened, any notable milestones or when something first took place in the park. The history of some parks will be easier to research than others, but the space itself may hold some clues to help you get started.
Travis Elborough's 'A Walk in the Park' provides a vibrant, loving history of our nation's parks and green spaces. With Summer of Parks this week looking at heritage and parks we're delighted to be able to share the introduction to Travis's book.
With this week marking the 100 year anniversary of Peace Day, a look at our Centenary Fields programme including a selection of the stories, map of the spaces and discussion of the legacy it has created.
Our Summer of Parks spotlight shines on Cedars Park in Hertfordshire and its rich heritage.
Our latest guest blog welcomes Glynis Shaw, a Trustee of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, who takes us on a journey through the history of some notable urban parks and gives some tips on researching the history of your local park.
Explore an interactive archive charting our journey; from inauguration by HRH The Duke of York in 1925, our early appeals, the King George's Fields Foundation, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Presidency, our pioneering work in play leadership, open space standards and technical guidance through to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, Centenary Fields and up to our new Green Spaces for Good strategy for the future.
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