List of parks and open spaces managed by the City of London Corporation
They have mainly been acquired since 1878, when two Acts of Parliament entrusted the management of Epping Forest and several other areas within a 25-mile (40 km) radius to the Corporation: these areas laid the foundation for the Green Belt in the 20th century. On dedicating the opening of Epping Forest on 6 May 1882, Queen Victoria said "It gives me the greatest satisfaction to dedicate this beautiful forest to the use and enjoyment of my people for all time."
Within the City
There are 150 smaller areas within the square mile of the City of London, including:
- Courtyard of St Vedast Foster Lane
- Cleary Garden
- Finsbury Circus
- Postman's Park
- Seething Lane Garden
- St Paul's Churchyard
- Churchyard at St Olave Hart Street
Outside the City
The total managed area is 4,200 hectares (42 km2 (16 sq mi)). Included in the open spaces are:
- Hampstead Heath 274 hectares. Located in the boroughs of Camden and Barnet
- Epping Forest, 3,188 hectares. Largest public open space in the London area.
- Burnham Beeches, 218 hectares. An area in Buckinghamshire purchased 1880.
- Stoke Common, 83 hectares in Buckinghamshire.
- The City Commons, seven green spaces in South London and Surrey managed by the Corporation:
- Highgate Wood 28 hectares Purchased in 1886
- Queen's Park in northwest London, 12 hectares. Purchased 1886, having been the site of 1879 Royal Agricultural Exhibition
- West Ham Park, 31 hectares. Purchased 1874
It also has an interest in the Downlands Countryside Management Project in South-east London.