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Walking in the park during lockdown, the need to defend our public spaces is clearer than ever before

With coronavirus demanding that we keep apart from others, parks are a vital place of respite—and a reminder of why we should invest in the wellbeing and joy of the public

By Rachel Connolly  

Inside the glasshouse in the Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Photo: Flickr/

The best park in the world is the Botanic Gardens in Belfast. It has the normal grassy areas and trees that all parks have and the added bonus of the Tropical Ravine, a humid greenhouse full of exotic rainforest plants; the Palm House, a colder greenhouse with more pedestrian plants, but still ones you wouldn’t see in a normal garden; an area with ponds, hanging trees and small bridges; and the rose gardens.…

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