A programme of visits and talks is published each year with details on this Events page.
Members can book through the on-line booking system http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/buckinghamshire-gardens-trust
A copy of the policy can be found via the Link on the Home page.
This talk gives a really fascinating insight into the history of one of our greatest ever institutions – our great British public park.
We have all enjoyed them at some time in our lives but what do we really know about them? their origins? did they really start in the Victorian period or do they go even further back?
This talk illustrates their origins, talks about the need for parks, the Victorian heyday, what makes a great park, with examples of lodges, lakes, bandstands, fountains and floral displays, to their great decline in the sixties and seventies. However, the subsequent revival has led to a major shift in interest in our parks and once again we are much in love with them.
This is also a highly illustrative talk accompanied by slides with examples of parks from across the UK and their designs and architecture. This is a particularly popular talk and always goes down well as we can nearly always recount our own experiences with our own local park
Paul Rabbitts – I am currently Parks and Open Spaces Manager for Norwich City Council where I work full time, but in my now limited spare time, I write, I lecture, and I promote the value of public parks. It is what I believe in and I practice what I preach. I left Watford with 17 Green Flag award winning parks and in Cassiobury Park, one of the best parks in the UK.
However, my passion flows into my spare time and you will see that I do so much more.
Paul Rabbitts latest publication, ‘People’s Parks – The Design and Development of in Public Parks in Britain’ – an update and expanded version of Haxel Conway’s book People’s Parks will be available to purchase at this event. Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust has made a contribution to the funding of this publication which is an important new book on public parks.