Camden parks chief to take 'gap year'

A leading parks manager is to quit his local-authority job to take a grand tour of some the world's finest parks.

Shaun Kiddell, head of parks and open spaces at London Borough of Camden, said his expedition would take in green spaces in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New York and Boston. He leaves the local authority next week.

"I’m taking an adult gap year and meeting up with parks people abroad," he said. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and Camden is going through a big restructuring right now so it seemed a good time."

A highlight would include visiting a recently reclaimed section of park at Marina Bay in Singapore. Kiddell said he may write up his findings on his return to England but most importantly the adventure was about "me time".

Camden is cutting £500,000 from it sparks budget and drastically reducing its staff of around 26 people.

See interview with Shaun Kiddell from 2009.


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