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Haven on earth

Jack O'Sullivan discovers how Britain's urban parks are being rescued from dereliction

travel & outdoors: A corner of London that is forever green

Anna Pavord finds an oasis of self-help

Lyric sheets: The Hyde Park refresher course '96

THE HYDE PARK REFRESHER COURSE '96

LETTER: Parks revival

Sir: I commend your suggestion (leading article, 27 March) for the proposed rehabilitation of public parks.

Royal parks 'a disgrace'

CLARE GARNER

Grant of pounds 50m puts city parks in bloom

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Take good care in the park

ANOTHER VIEW

Angry skaters plan legal fight over park ban

JOHN McKIE

Letter: Rollerblading in the Royal Parks

Sir: I read with great interest your two articles ("Skaters get stricter safety code after park death" and "Rollerblading into the future", 11 July) about rollerblading. My organisation has called for a total ban on rollerblading in all the Royal Parks until the full facts of the tragic accident [in which a cyclist died as the result of a crash with a rollerblader] can be fully established. We have also called for the Parks' management to consider whether, in the longer term, they are capable of effecting the necessary control to permit rollerblading in the Royal Parks on a restricted basis.

Rundown of city parks 'threatens urban heritage'

The Victorian park, one of the glories of Britain's urban heritage, is suffering death by a thousand cuts as local councils steadily reduce the amount of money spent on maintenance, a symposium in London was told yesterday.

Letter: National Lottery can benefit public parks

Sir: The National Memorial Heritage Fund has issued its draft proposals for applicants for National Lottery money. It is clear that public parks whose 'layouts' are historic will be eligible to submit projects to restore these.

Letter: Woolly solution to wooded problems

Sir: In view of recent assaults which have taken place on our commons, and the increasing criminality in general, perhaps it would be a good idea to let most of our commons revert to what they once were: treeless grazing lands. On W. Faden's map of 1800, for example, the area of Wimbledon Common is described as a heath. Older maps also indicate that most of that common was treeless.

Space for green reinvention: Our urban parks are a salute to Victorian values, but David Nicholson-Lord asks whether they still meet our needs in 1994

IT WAS a bit like old times yesterday in Dulwich Park, south London. There were jugglers, clowns, a regimental band, a dog show. There was an orienteering race in which everyone who took part won an Easter egg. And there were six individuals in smart green trousers and lumberjack shirts, doing a lot of talking.

Rococola Frame in Richmond Park

Young visitors to Richmond Park, south-west London, making pictures with the Rococola Frame, created out of picnic rubbish by Paula Birch, a student at the Chelsea School of Art. It will be in the park until this weekend.

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