Bridge over a park lake
© Historic England DP175240 Birkenhead Park
© Historic England DP175240 Birkenhead Park

Love Parks

To mark Love Parks 2020 we’re celebrating historic parks and gardens and the mental health benefits they bring us.

The gift of green space

Never have parks meant more to us than since the coronavirus lockdown. First we flocked to them for exercise, fresh air and peace of mind outside our four walls. As lockdown restrictions have eased they’ve become hubs of social gatherings where space and fresh air make meeting up safely possible.  

If we didn’t already know it, recent research 'Space to Thrive' has now shown that spending time in parks and green spaces improves our physical and mental health as well as our life satisfaction.

Access to and use of parks and green spaces enhance physical health, mental wellbeing and life satisfaction.

Space to Thrive

Please be kind to our parks

More popular than ever, green spaces are under strain. With so many enjoying visiting them has come a substantial increase in waste and littering for park teams to clear. For Love Parks 2020 organisers Keep Britain Tidy are asking all of us to "Please be kind to our parks" and take litter home with us.

Parks of special historic interest

Historic England maintains the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Around 300 of these are public parks and country parks like Birkenhead Park in Merseyside, known to be the inspiration for New York’s Central Park.

The more than 1,600 designed landscapes on the register also include burial grounds like Compton Cemetery in Surrey, designed with sweeping views by Victorian artist Mary Watts. Inclusion on the register gives these nationally important green spaces protection in the planning system.

We need your help to add photos of your favourite historic parks to the register.

Enrich the List

If you haven't contributed to Enrich the List before, you'll need to create your account. You can then enrich any of the 400,000 historic places on the National Heritage List for England.

Share your images, insights and secrets of your favourite parks and gardens.

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