Paper 1 (Reading & Writing)
Parks inside and outside the city
A. Woods Park
This park is in a quiet village in Hertfordshire, approximately 30 kilometres outside the city. This park is ideal for sports as there are football pitches, tennis courts and a cricket club. The public car park is free.
B. Hazelnut Park
A beautiful park just outside the city. Hazelnut Park attracts people from all over the country. There is a lake which offers sailing, canoeing and rowing lessons. A popular choice with school groups. Behind the lake there is a wildlife area and a classroom where adults and children can become familiar with different local insects and birds.
C. Bowden Park
This small and quiet park offers guided tours, given by an Environmental expert. Tours occur every day and are free of charge. It is situated on the river Thames and can be reached in approximately 40 minutes from the centre of the city by ferry. Inside the park, you can find the Bluebird cafeteria, the Rose shop and the Queen’s botanical garden.
D. Elizabeth Park
This peaceful park is easy to reach by public transport. It has boats to hire, a small swimming area, a roller blading park, a picnic area and a running track. This park also has one of the oldest cathedrals in Britain. There is a museum which should not be missed.
E. Borough Park
Borough Park is the largest and most popular park in the city. It is popular with walkers and those that like bird-watching as the park is the home to numerous rare species. There is also a cycle park which goes on for 20 miles, and an 18 hole golf course. Camping is allowed.
F. Marble house Park
This city-centre park is one of the oldest parks in the city centre. It dates back to the 17th century when it was popular with the royal family. There is a castle which is open to the public and also a museum. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to buy food.
G. Homewood Park
At Homewood Park, there are many walks you can take and there are three paths for cycle rides. It is just inside the city and has an area of quiet woodland which is home to rabbits, deer and other animals. There is a visitor centre where you can find information about the local animals and wildlife.
H. North house Park
This is a tiny, not very well-known park, in the heart of the city. It is filled with plants, flowers and trees which makes it a popular place with local artists. It is within minutes of the shopping and entertainment district.