Summary of London landscape planning
The key periods in the history of London landscape planning have been:
- When Henry VIII acquired the hunting lands which later became London's central royal parks
- The redesign of Henry VIII's hunting parks under the Stuarts and the Hanovarians
- The establishment of public parks in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries
- The re-planning of London, after 1943, and the great Abercrombie Open Space Plan. See History of London landscape planning.
- The late-twentieth and early-twenty-first century drive to create a linked system of long-distance paths, greenways and blueways. See Commentary on London landscape planning.
The Greenways and Blueways initiative is much in need of debate: are they single-purpose or multi-purpose? do they link origins to destinations? are they well-used? how could their scenic quality be improved?