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BGT's November 2021 Lecture - by ZOOM

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Public Parks: The Paradise of Victorian Innovation, Decay, Renaissance, and the Vandals at the Door by David Lambert

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In this talk, David will describe the development of public parks from their innovative beginnings to their uncertain present, with the emphasis on Berkshire’s parks. The invention of the municipal park, many of them funded by government grants and loans, was a response to the problems caused by Britain’s industrial revolution.

The twentieth century inherited an extraordinary legacy of parks, which it largely squandered in the later decades, until the intervention of the National Lottery in 1996. We have seen widespread recognition of their importance and beauty, with grants of nearly a billion pounds made in the twenty-two years until 2018 when the Lottery stopped its dedicated parks programme. And now, as a result of years of austerity, parks are again facing an uncertain future.

David Lambert is a landscape historian and has been a campaigner on historic parks and gardens since the mid-1980s when he was saving trees in Bristol. He was conservation officer for the Garden History Society for ten years and in 2000, with former head of parks at the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dr Stewart Harding, he set up the Parks Agency, a not-for-profit consultancy to advise and campaign on the conservation of urban parks.

He has lectured and published widely on the subject and as well as advising the first parliamentary select committee inquiry into public parks, he has served on advisory boards for English Heritage, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the World Monuments Fund.

This lecture links to the Berkshire Gardens Trust’s 2021 emphasis on public parks and the Garden Trusts’ theme of Unforgettable Gardens.


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