New look for ‘the home of free speech

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New look for ‘the home of free speech
19th June 2014

After nearly 150 years, it’s still considered by some the home of free speech. 


Today Speakers' Corner in the north east corner Hyde Park is set to reopen to the public after under going refurbishment during the last year.


It has played host to a number of famous figures including George orwell, William Morris and Karl Marx as well as a focal point of mass protest and rallies.


Refurbishments include resurfacing, landscaping and the installation of bespoke railings.


Ten new semi-mature trees, new grass areas and new planting will help reduce ‘urban heat island effect’, where metropolitan areas are warmer than surrounding rural areas. 


Chief Executive of The Royal Parks Linda Lennon CBE said: “Speakers’ Corner is a hugely important site that attracts visitors from around the world.  It is also one of the main entrances to Hyde Park. 

 
“The improvement works have created a much more welcoming entrance to the park and a much improved environment for speakers and audiences who visit on Sundays.”

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