Watford Borough Council’s Head of Parks has written a new book about British parks, which features the town’s much-loved Cassiobury Park.
The book, which launches in the summer with support from the council, weaves a rich tale of the social, economic and political history of parks in the UK.
Paul Rabbitts, who as well as being Head of Parks, is a parks historian and was last year named as one of Britain’s dullest men because of his ongoing obsession with bandstands. But don’t let that deter you - .Great British Parks – a celebration, looks at parks recreation, landscape design, architecture, sculpture and the urban environment. Rabbitts’ makes sure to describe the importance that each park plays within each community.
He said: “I’ve had great fun visiting lots of parks and finding out all about them. Cassiobury Park is a strong favourite and I have the great pleasure of helping the team here in Watford restore and protect it for future generations. This book is a celebration of our great history and the importance that parks have played in our society. Watford Borough Council’s contribution shows the value that it places in looking after our heritage.”
The book will be available from June this year for £25. Paul is donating his commission from the book to his favourite charities.
Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: “We are pleased to be contributing to such a great resource featuring Watford’s favourite park. Park lovers everywhere will be able to get a copy this summer and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.”