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Birkenhead Park placed in the world's top 10; WIRRAL JEWEL WAS PIONEER.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO reporter lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com lorna_hughes @

BIRKENHEAD Park has been named one of the world's top parks by a national newspaper.

The park made the grade in the Guardian's list of the 10 best parks in the world along with green spaces in Paris, Florence, Barcelona and Beijing.

It acknowledges Birkenhead Park's status as the first publicly funded park in Britain - and the impression it left on American designer Frederick L. Olmsted, who went on to design Central Park in New York.

It said: "As the first publicly funded park in Britain, Birkenhead pioneered one of the country's gifts to urban civilisation. It impressed Olmsted, too, and so can take some credit for inspiring Central Park and the Buffalo network.

"It was created by Joseph Paxton, the gardener who went on to design the giant greenhouse known as the Crystal Palace. Paxton also worked on the Duke of Devonshire's gardens at Chatsworth, and Birkenhead can be seen as the democratisation of the aristocratic landscape, with striking buildings such as an Italianate boat house and a 'Swiss bridge' artfully distributed among winding paths and curving lakes."

Birkenhead Park was officially re-opened in 2007 after an PS11.25m facelift. The Grade I-listed park benefited from new bridges, paths, and railings and the restoration of much of the original planting.

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