- City of London Corporation open spaces
City of London Corporationowns and maintains open space in and around Greater London. They have mainly been acquired since 1878, when two Acts of Parliament entrusted the management of Epping Forestand several other areas within a 25 mile (40 km) radius to the Corporation: these areas laid the foundation for the Green Beltin the 20th century.
In addition there are 150 smaller areas within the Square Mile, including courtyards (viz. St Vedast Alias Foster &c.), formal gardens (viz. the Cleary Garden, Finsbury Circus, Postman's Park, the Seething Lane Garden &c.) and churchyards (viz. St Paul's Churchyard, the Churchyard at St Olave Hart Street &c.).
The total managed area is 42 square kilometres. Included in the open spaces are:
Hampstead Heath2.74 km². Located in the boroughs of Camden and Barnet
Epping Forest31.88 km². Largest public open space in the London area.
Burnham Beeches2.18 km². An area In Buckinghamshirepurchased 1880.
Ashtead Common, Surrey: 2.02 km². Wooded common purchased in 1991
West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons2.77 km². Includes Farthing Down, Kenley Common, Riddlesdown Commonand Spring Park; part of the 1878 purchases; chalk downlands and woodlands.
Highgate Wood0.28 km². Purchased in 1886
* Queen's Park 0.12 km². Purchased 1886, having been the site of 1879 Royal Agricultural Exhibition
West Ham Park0.31 km². Purchased 1874
It also has an interest in the
Downlands Countryside Management Projectin South-east London.
* [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/living_environment/open_spaces/about.htm City of London open spaces]
* [http://gardensofthecityoflondon.co.uk Gardens of the City of London]
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