‘Brandon Hill to Ham Green: Survival, loss and innovation in Bristol’s green spaces 1750 – 2017’.
April 19th 2018. 6.00-7.30pm
Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
For over 200 years, cities like Bristol have retained and protected a variety of public green spaces. From eighteenth-century pleasure walks to Victorian parks and post-war memorial gardens, we have inherited a diverse and valuable canon of urban green space. Yet, today, Britain’s public parks and gardens face threats of privatisation, development, and dereliction. Focusing on Bristol, but also taking in the national context, this talk examines the political, economic, and cultural journey that has shaped the form and management of urban green space and led us to the crisis point we now face.