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Tue 26th Sep

To mark 50 years of UNESCO World Heritage, The Gardens Trust are offering a 7 week series to celebrate some of the UK’s World Heritage landscapes. Week 3 Birkenhead Park.

Venue: Online talk via zoom
Time: 10-11.30am
Cost: Individual sessions cost £5. Or you can purchase a ticket for the entire course of 7 sessions at £28
Booking: Eventbrite book all seven sessions here or Talk 3 Birkenhead Park here

Birkenhead Park is widely acknowledged to be the earliest purpose-built and publicly funded urban public park in the UK. Designed in 1844 by Joseph Paxton, it was laid out in the picturesque manner, in response to the rapid growth of the urban population. The way its landscape was designed stirs the emotions and provides a feeling of countryside in an urban conurbation. Today, Birkenhead Park’s undulating parkland still provides a green oasis for everyone to enjoy. In April 2023, “Birkenhead the People’s Park” was officially included on the UK’s Tentative List as a potential future nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has exceptional value as an innovative and influential model for local authority funded urban parks and has continued to serve the social purpose for which it was created.

Marie Le Devehat is the World Heritage Project Officer for Birkenhead Park. Since joining Wirral Council in November 2019, she has been working on the application to UNESCO for the Park. Before she embarked on this journey, Marie has held various roles with a focus on World Heritage sites, heritage management, and has personal research interests in ‘heritage & memory’ studies.

Rob Belcher is currently supporting Wirral Council’s ambitions for Birkenhead Park. His background is in town planning and landscape design. For the majority of Rob’s 35-year career he has worked in the sphere of public parks management and development, finding himself increasingly focused on the restoration and improvement of historic landscapes. Prior to starting work at Birkenhead Park in 2018, Rob was fortunate to lead the comprehensive restoration of Burslem and Hanley Parks in Stoke-on-Trent.

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