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‘Celebration or Compensation? The urban context of public parks’.  Gardens Trust Conference 2018 University of Birmingham.  1-2 September, 2018 The urban parks of the nineteenth century have been described by Hazel Conway as ‘isolated elements, lungs and oases of green, which contrasted with their urban surroundings’. At the time of their creation, parks certainly provided a spatial interruption to the sprawl of blackened terraces, chimneys and alleyways. However, public parks were never purely bucolic fantasies. Rather, they were complex environments that simultaneously celebrated and compensated for the towns and cities they occupied. Even though the creation of public parks was
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