Gardens of Delight: A Social History of London’s Green Spaces

Ref: C2422792

Parks may be 'the lungs of London' but they are much more than that. The parks, heaths, commons, woods, forests and garden squares of London are treasure troves of garden design, wildlife and architecture. The course will examine the social and political history of these green spaces and the campaigns to promote and protect them. From Regent's Park to Hampstead Heath, from St. James' Park to Epping Forest, from Richmond Park to Wandsworth Common, London's open spaces bring nature and beauty into the heart of the urban landscape.

Course aim

To describe the range of parks and green spaces in London and to examine their origins and history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an interest in environmental history

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe an organisation campaigning to protect and promote a green space(s) in London
  • List at least 5 historical/environmental facts about my local park
  • Demonstrate the historical links between parks and public health
  • Explain how parks can demonstrate changing historical fashions in garden design
  • Contribute to discussion in class or in writing

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Note making materials

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Gardens of Delight: A Social History of London’s Green Spaces

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This course is only available as part of this programme.


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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