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Birkenhead Park

Updated on January 5, 2015

Birkenhead Park boathouse

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Birkenhead Park
Birkenhead Park | Source


The historic 'Birkenhead Park',is situated on the Wirral peninsular in north west England. Being a public park,it is generally acknowledged as the first publicly funded Civic Park in Britain. Designed by Joseph Paxton ,and opened on 5th April, 1847,when 10,000 people attended the opening ceremony .(Paxton also designed the private Princes Park in Liverpool at an earlier date.)

The American Landscape Architect- Frederick Law Olmsted,visited Birkenhead Park,and incorporated many features he observed into his design for Central Park New York.In his book- Walks and talks of an American farmer in England',he made various comments of the influence Birkenhead Park had on him.

Recent History

Birkenhead Park is now classed as a conservation area,which was granted in 1977,and made a grade1 listed landscape by English Heritage in 1991.

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      jandee 4 years ago

      Hello greencha, better late eh? Ha,ha. I just typed in Black Squirrel and a beautiful article with snaps came up,worth a look,keep well,

      best from jandee

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      greencha 4 years ago from UK

      Sorry Jandee,No ,I didn't know they exist!!

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      jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello greencha,

      Hello greencha, I am sorry but things are going to get so much worse with this obnoxious 'welfare act' thanks for nice write,

      jandee-----have you seen the Black squirrels yet ??

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      greencha 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for comments Rose and jandee,yes it is a lovely park,but we don't have proper park keepers anymore the and gates do not seem to get locked at night any more so vandalism can be a problem on the rare occasion.

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Thanks, from jandee

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      Rose Kolowinski 5 years ago

      Looks like a peaceful area to enjoy nature. Thanks for the historical information. So glad it is a protected area.