No. 30 March 2009 Despite the credit crunch, at least Britain's Victorian municipal parks are still free for all to enjoy. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, many have been rescued from a spiral of decline. As the articles in this issue show, they have been transformed from run-down magnets for antisocial behaviour into elegant places of retreat for everyone. But we need to remind local authorities of the need to look after them.
Victorian Parks: is the grass greener? Hazel Conway discusses some fo the great restorations of the last fifteen years, and what remains to be done
Birkenhead Park: the first and still the best Robert Lee describes the thirty-year campaign to restore the park
Three park transformations David Lambert, Sue Kohler and Alison Hunter look at Alexandra Park, Oldham, Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Baxter Park, Dundee
House Notes Ali Davey describes how to maintain and repair architectural ironwork