1 Hogganfield Park
in Glasgow’s northeast is dominated by a large, shallow loch with a wooded island. Easily accessed by footpaths, the main attraction is provided by the wild whooper swans arriving from Iceland.
2 Sefton Park
in Liverpool is a Grade-I listed park opened in 1872 “for the health and enjoyment of the townspeople”. It consists of footpaths, green spaces and watercourses, flowing into a man-made lake.
3 Derby Arboretum
is one of Britain’s first public parks and contains a fine collection of unusual tree specimens from around the world.
4 Regent’s Park
is one of eight Royal Parks in London and consists of formal gardens, shrubberies, sports pitches, grassland, a small wood and a large lake with several reedbeds.
5 Bute Park
on the banks of the River Taff, close to Cardiff’s city centre, is one of Wales’s largest urban green spaces. It consists of mature parkland containing the greatest number of ‘champion trees’ of any UK public park, plus a wildflower bat meadow.
O Don’t go without a bag of grain to carry out that time-honoured tradition of feeding the ducks! Leave plenty of time to linger and observe the park’s wild residents each time you visit.