Feeling a little hemmed in? If you live in a city, it’s easy to find yourself lost in the concrete.
But, it’s important to remember that even among the most urban of environments, there are plenty of pockets of greenery to immerse yourself in. Now more than ever we need to make the most of the benefits of fresh air, taking in the sunlight and appreciating even the smallest pieces of nature in our city areas. Afterall, it’s not only vital for the planet, but for our own wellbeing, too.
Here at Timbuktu, we’re encouraging everyone to explore their city gardens, maybe seeing their favourite spot in a new light or even discovering a new one. For some inspiration, we’ve found some of the best green spaces in cities across the UK - now it’s time for you to find yours...
Manchester might be home of industry, football and Oasis, but this built-up urban jungle also has some of the most beautiful green spaces to escape to. Peel Park in Salford is actually one of the oldest parks in the country, while Heaton Park is the biggest municipal park in Europe (as well as being the spot for Parklife festival). If you can’t get out of the city centre, a short walk around Saint John’s Gardens or Angel Meadow Park can give you that little bit of headspace you need.
What to wear…
Rain? In Manchester? While it might not be a stranger to drizzle, the changeable weather of Manchester never stops this city from having a good time. Our Zarho Waterproof Parka channels some iconic Mancunian style, as well as being fully waterproof against any unexpected rain. Wear with our Pelen Polygiene T-Shirt to keep cool underneath.
Sheffield is often known as a concrete-clad industrial city that boomed for its steel production during the Industrial Revolution. However, in reality this cultural city is 60% percent green space, with one third of the city area actually located in the Peak District. There are 250 parks and green spaces to visit in Sheffield, leading it to be ranked as one of the greenest cities in the UK. Endcliffe park is a favourite green haven, which is also close to Bingham Park and Whiteley Woods. You can then walk the Whiteley Woods Trail along Porter Brook to Forge Dam Park to enjoy the natural beauty further.
What to wear...
There is plenty of woodland and nature to enjoy in Sheffield, so keeping comfortable is key. Throw on our Men's Classic Half Zip Hoodie or Women's Classic Zip Hoodie to head out at any time when you need an easy outer layer.
We all know where to go to find some of London’s most renowned green spaces. However, places like Hyde Park, Regents Park, Greenwich Park and St James Park are just a few of the 3,000 open spaces in the capital. Get away from the main hot spots and you will find some beautiful lesser-visited green spaces to escape to. Seek out the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, the Pergola in Hampstead Heath, Abney Park Cemetery or the pint-sized nature reserve at Barnsbury Wood. Once you look past the office blocks, bars and shops-upon-shops, London has so many amazing hidden gardens and green spaces to enjoy.
What to wear…
Keep stylish around the city in our Men's Classic T-Shirt or Women's Classic T-Shirt, a go-to essential for any wardrobe. The medium weight 100% cotton jersey fabric makes this staple ideal for almost any occasion and fits perfectly under hoodies, jackets, fleeces and gilets.
Wales’s capital sits just a over a half hour drive to the edge of the Brecon Beacons, but you don’t have to venture so far past city limits to enjoy a little piece of nature. From Cardiff Castle, right in the centre of the city, you can walk the Cambrian Way Trail, which takes you along the banks of the River Taff, along the Glamorgan Canal to Castell Coch and Fforest Fawr. There is plenty of wildlife to observe and ancient woodland to marvel at along this 9 mile stretch, too.
What to wear...
You’ll be walking through some shady forests and woodland, so have our Gamba Full Zip Fleece on hand for when you want to get out and about. The fabric is soft, stretchy and comfortable, while the tailored classic fit ensures it keeps its shape, whatever you’re doing.
Glasgow is a city full of character, with a legendary music scene and colourful local life. But, that’s not all residents have to enjoy. With a name that means ‘Dear Green Place’ in Gaelic, there are some stunning green spaces and parks to enjoy in Glasgow. Rouken Glen is a beautiful Green Flag historic park with a walled garden, boating pond and waterfall to discover. The other side of the Clyde, Kelvingrove Park is a popular spot for a scenic walk, while Pollock Park just outside of the city centre offers plenty of strolling space.
What to wear…
Whether it’s chilly, rainy or the sun is shining, you can be prepared for all of the Scottish elements with our Kabara Waterproof Jacket. It’s both waterproof and breathable with a hood for extra protection, giving you the perfect combination of functionality and style.