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Bucks GT – Live Talk: Paul Rabbitts: A concise history of our Great British parks

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

£10 – £12.50

A Concise History of our Great British Parks

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.

August 17, 2023 by Paul Rabbitts, 
A very quick update as we have now closed the funding page. A huge response and donations coming in right to the end. A very small number of you who donated £50 or more have still not provided an address and won’t get a book if you don’t despite countless reminders.
The index work is being done, and it will go to print in about 2-3 weeks.
I am in Birkenhead Park to film a launch discussion on the book soon to be shown at Green Flag Award online ceremony in November for which I am incredibly grateful. Countdown to seeing this all come to fruition … what next o wonder? Well I have started my memoirs on 35 years of working in parks!

Book tickets:  

Please note that Members pay £10.00 and non-members/guests £12.50

All members are welcome and booking is not essential as you can pay at the door with cash, card or a cheque

Refreshments will be available at the end of the talk

Note: New venue Aylesbury Methodist Church and Centre – see map. Excellent access, including lift, ramps. Church has limited parking for Blue badges (3) plus there is public car park next to venue at Coopers Yard.



February 24
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
£10 – £12.50
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Bucks Gardens Trust Events Committee


Aylesbury Methodist Church and Centre
Buckingham Street
Aylesbury, HP20 2NQ United Kingdom
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01296 426526
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