A history of greenspace and parks A history of greenspace and parks
by David Thorpe,
illustrations by Hunt Emerson

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Local parks or green spaces

Wandsworth CommonThe cities kept expanding. So the Open Spaces Movement at the end of the 19th century campaigned to keep natural spaces on their edges.

It was seen as vital in order to provide fresh air, places for young people to get exercise, facilities for activities and sports zones.

Many of these now form 'green belts' and commons around our cities, such as Hampstead, Barnes, Clapham, Wandsworth (right), Wimbledon and Blackheath in London. These and many smaller islands of nature, help satisfy the 'five minute rule' for proximity and usage.

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