Squalor plus philanthropy: no recipe for healthy parks

In the squalor of Victorian Britain, the creation of the first great public parks was a beacon of humanity and hope. Philanthropists and civic leaders understood that greenery, a place to breathe and somewhere to walk and play were the least that could be done to lighten the nasty, brutish and short lives the Industrial […]

Inspiration of the Week: The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes

Concrete cows notwithstanding, Milton Keynes has always been a town with a commitment to the natural environment. When the vision for the new town was birthed in the 1960s, the plan was to make it a ‘forest city’, integrating the countryside into the urban landscape. The result was more than 4,500 acres of river valleys, […]