Birkenhead Park and Hampstead Heath among the world's best parks, says critic

Birkenhead Park in Merseyside and Hampstead Heath feature in a list of the top ten urban green spaces in the world by Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore.

Hampstead Heath - image: Morguefile
Hampstead Heath - image: Morguefile

Birkenhead was the first publicly funded park in Britain and so "pioneered one of the country’s gifts to urban civilisation", Moore wrote.

"Birkenhead can be seen as the democratisation of the aristocratic landscape, with striking buildings such as an Italianate boat house and a ‘Swiss bridge’ artfully distributed among winding paths and curving lakes," he said.

Hampstead Heath is "impossible to omit", and "a powerful illusion of rustic nature within a metropolis", Moore said.

The other parks on the list are Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paolo, Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, the Boboli Gardens in Florence, the High Line in New York, Landschaftspark in Duisburg-Nord, Park Güell in Barcelona, the Summer Palace in Beijing and Olmsted Parks in Buffalo.

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