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A Concise History of Our Great British Public Parks Paul Rabbitts Tuesday 14 April 2020

This is a fascinating insight into the history of one of our greatest ever institutions - our Great British Public Parks.  Paul Rabbitts will tell us of their origins from the great Royal Parks via the Pleasure Gardens of the eighteenth century, to their Victorian heyday.  He will discuss what makes a great park; its ‘parkitecture’, with examples of lodges, lakes, bandstands, fountains, lidos, palm houses and their wonderful floral displays and the parks’ revival following decline in the sixties, seventies and eighties.  

Paul has a degree in Geography from Sheffield University and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh.  He is a qualified landscape architect and park manager and has worked for several local authorities across the UK.  He is a prolific author on parks with 14 books to his name.  Now a UK leading expert on bandstands he has been asked to assist in localised restoration projects nationwide and has been a regular and popular speaker on bandstands and public parks.