Type of Website: Common Park Garden

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Overview

'Around 3% of the land area of England is recognised as common land. On this website you will find a maintained and searchable database of registered parcels of common land in England ... The data is sourced from land registry and other records and was originally compiled by DEFRA ... The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land.'

Category Across the UK
Type of Website
Overview

'Fields in Trust is an independent charity ... protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.'

Category London
Type of Website
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'Aims to encourage you to enjoy London’s parks, share with the world why you love your park, why parks matter to you, and get involved in your local park friends group.'

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'We started the guide as a hobby in 2002, as at that time there were few resources on the internet to help people plan their visits. The first region we covered was Cornwall and by the time 12 months elapsed more than 200 gardens had applied to join ... With over 500 properties on our guide and more applying to join we should maintain our place as a leading resource for garden lovers.'

Type of Website
Overview

'Use our interactive map to view a list of all the Green Flag Award® winners in each region together with a detailed description of the facilities, events and activities at each site.'

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Green Flag Award

Category London
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Overview

'Explore a whole host of lesser-known gardens and green spaces in the capital with our series of walks and cycle rides.'

Type of Website
Overview

'The emphasis of the Register is on gardens, grounds and other planned open spaces, such as town squares. The majority of sites registered are, or started life as, the grounds of private houses, but public parks and cemeteries form important categories too ... The emphasis of the Register is on "designed" landscapes, rather than on planting or botanical importance ... Registered sites are not open to the public unless advertised elsewhere as being so.'

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Historic England

Category Mole Valley
Size (acreage)500
Type of Website
Overview

'Ashtead Common is a 200 hectare (500 acre) ancient wooded common with over 2,300 ancient oak pollards located in north-east Surrey. The site has been part of the Epsom and Ashtead Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1955 due to its rich community of breeding birds. It has also been a National Nature Reserve since 1995 due to the decaying wood of ancient trees and the rare invertebrates that live in it. The site includes two ancient Scheduled Monuments - a Roman villa and a triangular earthwork ...'

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City of London Corporation

Category Wandsworth
Size (acreage)200
Type of Website
Overview

'Battersea Park is a large (83 hectares/200 acres) Victorian park, built between 1854 and 1870. It was formally opened in 1858. A major programme of work has recently been completed to restore and refurbish many of the Victorian and Festival of Britain elements of the park. There is much to enjoy in this Green Flag Award winning park including ... a grand one-kilometre riverside promenade.'

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Friends of Battersea Park

Category Bracknell Forest
Type of Website
Overview

'Parks and countryside sites in Bracknell Forest ... Ranger-led walks take place around the borough all year round. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people whilst your body reaps the benefits of exercise in the fresh air. For information about organised walks in your area please see our leaflet.

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Bracknell Forest Council

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Overview

'At over 1000 acres, Bushy Park is the second-largest of London’s eight Royal Parks. Lying just north of Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames, Bushy is famed for its mix of waterways, gardens, and roaming herds of red and fallow deer.'

Description from

The Royal Parks

Category Birmingham
Size (acreage)200
Type of Website
Overview

'Runs along the River Rea from Stirchley to Edgbaston cricket ground. An area with a diverse industrial history (mainly forges and mills in the 16th Century), it is now one of city's five premier parks and has been awarded Green Flag status. There are walkways and cycle routes along side the River Rea aimed at catering for wildlife enthusiasts, those seeking exercise and people looking for a good day out.'

Category Broxbourne
Size (acreage)235
Type of Website
Overview

'This large Green Flag accredited park is the green heart of the Borough with a large part of the 235 acres covered by a wildflower meadow with hay cut once a year.'

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Borough of Broxbourne

Category Surrey Heath
Size (acreage)1400
Type of Website
Overview

'Chobham Common is famed for its walks and views. In 1968 the Common was purchased by Surrey County Council from Lord Onslow for £1 an acre. Approximately 1400 acres are now managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust who employ a fulltime ranger complete with a distinctive vehicle.'

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Surrey Heath Borough Council

Category Wandsworth
Type of Website
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'One of London's largest open spaces, measuring 87 hectares, situated between Clapham, Battersea and Balham.'

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Friends of Clapham Common

Category Elmbridge
Size (acreage)140
Type of Website
Overview

'Steeped in nearly 300 years of history, this eighteen-century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey within easy reach of London. Once a Dukes' retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont has always been somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy simple pleasures with family and friends.'

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National Trust

Category Bristol
Size (acreage)400
Type of Website
Overview

'In 1861 Parliament passed the Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act securing both the same Downs to be open and largely resorted to as Places of Recreation for the Inhabitants of Bristol and its Neighbourhood for time immemorial.'

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The Downs [Bristol City Council]

Category Knowsley
Type of Website
Overview

'The traditional parkland known as Court Hey Park is one of Knowsley's best-kept secrets. Its 14 hectares provide one of the best collections of mature trees seen anywhere in the Borough with landscaped areas of wildflower planting. The National Wildflower Centre, founded by Landlife opened at Court Hey Park in 2000. The centre, one of only two of its kind in the world, helps to promote the creation and conservation of wildflower landscapes.

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Friends of Court Hey Park

Category Oldham
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Overview

'Crompton Moor rises above the town of Shaw, and is a unique and popular recreation site in Oldham. The site is great for wildlife. Birdwatchers can see kestrel, red grouse, golden plover, snipe, curlew, skylark and meadow pipit. There are also foxes, weasels, common shrews, stoats and hares ... The Oldham Way and Crompton Circuit local trails also cross the site.'

Category Barnsley
Type of Website
Overview

'This scenic park raises above the surrounding area so fabulous views over the RSPB's Edderthorpe Ings reserves and for many miles into the distance can be enjoyed as you wander round this wild green space. Keep an eye open for the intricate wooden sculptures which celebrate both the site's mining heritage and bright new future as community park. Ferrymoor Flash, a small lake (or large pond) which is separated from the main part of the site, should not be missed when visiting the site because of the fantastic range of wildlife such as swans, shelducks, tufted duck and a colourful variety of butterflies that inhabits this small wetland area.'

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The Land Trust

Category Northampton
Size (acreage)500
Type of Website
Overview

'Delapré is one of the most beautiful public gardens in Northampton and its grounds and the gardens can be enjoyed at all times of the year. This attractive area of 8 acres lies in the southern part of the town just off the main London Road, with open parkland of about 500 acres adjoining the Gardens. At the southern end of the Delapre estate lie Delapre Woods. These were originally cleared and planted when the gardens were laid out. Some fine oak, sweet chestnut and beech remain from this planting.'

Category Derby
Type of Website
Overview

'Derby has many fine parks and gardens for public use. There are over 375 parks and open spaces covering 13% of Derby City (900 hectares), which is equivalent to 2200 football pitches.'

Category Swale
Size (acreage)10
Type of Website
Overview

Doddington Place Gardens is part of a 850 acres Edwarding estate, located on the edge of Doddington village, near Faversham in Kent.'

Category Mid Ulster
Size (acreage)70
Type of Website
Overview

'A seventy-acre oasis centred round an idyllic Stillwater lake. The magnificent scenery invites the spending of your leisure time, whether you're a resident of South Tyrone, or a visitor from anywhere in the world.'

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Discover Northern Ireland

Category Elmbridge
Size (acreage)1300
Type of Website
Overview

'The 1300 acres of Elmbridge Commons are a rich source of enjoyment for visitors, providing a superb area for a leisurely stroll, horse riding, bird watching, dog walking and picnicking. The commons consist of a wide variety of habitats including woodlands, ponds and heathland, and are awash with colour. The value of these habitats has led to most of the Esher Commons being designated a site of special scientific interest.'

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Elmbridge Borough Council

Category Epsom & Ewell
Size (acreage)600
Type of Website
Overview

'Epsom & Walton Downs, famous for its racecourse, is an area of 600 acres of unspoilt downland. From here, on a clear day, the view takes in much of London as well as panoramas of rural Surrey. The Downs are owned by Epsom Downs Racecourse but the public has a right of access on foot under the Epsom & Walton Downs Regulation Act 1984.'

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Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Category Exeter
Type of Website
Overview

'Exeter's Valley Parks are there for all to enjoy. Close to people's homes, they offer a wide choice of leisurely walks, places to relax, fine views, and plenty of wildlife ... The Valley Parks offer ample opportunities to experience wildlife and natural, open spaces ... All Valley Parks are open 24 hours seven days a week.'

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Devon Wildlife Trust

Category Stevenage
Size (acreage)120
Type of Website
Overview

'Enjoy a cycle or walk through this popular park in Stevenage. There are several pretty lakes with waterside cycling and walking paths to enjoy.'

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Stevenage Borough Council

Category Swansea
Type of Website
Overview

'There are a total of 24 individual commons on Gower covering over 70 square kilometres and constituting 50% of the total land area of the Gower Peninsula ... Historically, most areas of common land in Wales have been open for public access with the consent of the landowner. In May 2005 the Countryside Rights of Way Act (CRoW) established common land, mountain, moor, heath and down as open access land where people can walk in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Wales. These areas are clearly marked on Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps.'

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Gower Commons

Size (acreage)750
Type of Website
Overview

'Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres (304 hectares) of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames.'

Category North Shropshire
Size (acreage)100
Type of Website
Overview

'After years of neglect the magical landscape was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993. Parts of the park and the main walking routes contain several flights of steps, some natural ones carved into rock and some man made wooden ones – these can be slippery when wet.'

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Hawkstone Park Follies

See also

Hawkstone Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Category Manchester
Size (acreage)600
Type of Website
Overview

'Heaton Park is a municipal park in Manchester England covering an area of over 600 acres making it the largest municipal park in Europe,'

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Manchester City Council

Category St Albans
Size (acreage)60
Type of Website
Overview

'Highfield Park Trust was created in 1996 following the closure of Hill End and Cell Barnes hospitals to provide a diverse rural park for the benefit of the local community. The park has many interesting features including parkland with many mature specimen trees, sports pitches, woodland, a Mediterranean Garden with two petanque courts, a maze, rose gardens, ponds and orchards, all accessible by a network of footpaths and cycle ways ...'

Category Woking
Type of Website
Overview

'Horsell Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest ... It includes a Muslim Burial Ground and a number of Bronze Age barrows and protected heathland. The common has thousands of trees. There are parts of the common all over Horsell, isolated from the rest of the common by roads. The common is popular with people from Horsell and Woking Borough. There is a large amount of wildlife on the common.'

Category Westminster
Size (acreage)350
Type of Website
Overview

'Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Hyde Park, one of the capital's eight Royal Parks. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers'€™ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.'

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The Royal Parks

Category Islington
Type of Website
Overview

'The London Borough of Islington is short of large parks and open spaces, given its status in recent decades as a desirable place of residence. In fact, Islington has the lowest ratio of open space to built-up areas of any London Borough. The largest continuous open space in the Borough, at 11.75 hectares (29 acres), is Highbury Fields.'

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Wikipedia

Category Croydon
Size (acreage)139
Type of Website
Overview

'Kenley Common is a 56 hectare (139 acre) public open space located in the London Borough of Croydon. It forms part of a larger area of open countryside, within the London Green belt, that links London with the wider countryside of Surrey.'

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City of London Corporation

Category Lambeth
Type of Website
Overview

'The Park boasts a huge variety of trees and you can discover them in a Tree Walk Leaflet. And the Nature Trail with its activity packs brings children into closer contact with – and a deeper understanding of – the natural world around them.'

Category Knowsley
Type of Website
Overview

'Knowsley has four borough parks and 17 local parks and natural spaces.'

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Knowsley Council

Category Lancashire
Type of Website
Overview

'Lancashire boasts some of the most exciting and beautiful parks and gardens in Britain today. The abundance of vast open spaces and fresh air makes Lancashire ideal for visiting during any season of the year. Nestled in Lancashire’s spectacular countryside discover a variety of stunning gardens and country parks alongside stately homes and historic landmarks.' Descriptions of over sixty locations.

Description from

Visit Lancashire

Category Solihull
Type of Website
Overview

'Two parks in one, Malvern and Brueton Parks, are perfectly located in the town centre. With Green Flag Park status, the space offers visitors and locals an easily accessible space to relax and play.'

Description from

Solihull Metropolitan District Council

See also

Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, Solihull [Warwickshire Wildlife Trust]

Category Merton
Type of Website
Overview

Four 'Suggested Walks' around the Common. Within the Map 'click on the place names to find out more about each area'.

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Mitcham Common Conservators

Category Hertsmere
Size (acreage)20
Type of Website
Overview

'20 acres of peaceful parkland located in the heart of Potters Bar.'

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National Trust

Category Sutton
Size (acreage)83
Type of Website
Overview

'Oaks Park is a mixture of landscapes, including formal horticulture, natural chalk meadows, woodlands and informal parkland. It is much loved by both dog and recreational walkers ... Sutton Countryside Walk and Oaks Park Nature Trail are based in the park.  Section 6 of the London Loop passes through the park.'

Category Elmbridge
Size (acreage)158
Type of Website
Overview

'If you are looking for a garden to visit then come to Painshill. The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone and makes a great family day out. Discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG), and some of Surrey's amazing wildlife.'

Category Mid Ulster
Type of Website
Overview

'Some 12 miles of pathways criss-cross Peatlands which is largely level and with no steps. These pathways - many of them originally bog tracks - are composed of a variety of surfaces ranging from broad road-like tarmaced ones to narrow gravel, grass and wood chip ways. Five feet wide boardwalks have been constructed over or around those areas most liable to flooding.'

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Discover Northern Ireland

Category Cheltenham
Type of Website
Overview

'Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent pump room and lakes. This park is given a grade 2 listing under the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens, with the pump rooms as a Grade I historic building.'

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Cheltenham Borough Council

Type of Website
Overview

'Since its restoration in 2007 Reigate Priory Park has become a popular destination park for many families living within Surrey ... Beautiful formal gardens, a lake and woodland. There is something for everyone at this lovely park in the heart of Reigate.'

Category Shrewsbury
Size (acreage)29
Type of Website
Overview

'Shrewsbury is fortunate to have its own beautiful, 29-acre parkland known as The Quarry ... The Quarry has been our most important site for recreation since the 16th Century. It is the perfect place to relax, enjoy walks, picnic, fish along the banks of the River Severn, or just let off steam.'

Description from

Original Shrewsbury

Category Brent
Size (acreage)30
Type of Website
Overview

'Queen's Park is a fine example of a well-loved and hugely popular city park. The overall aim of the City of London is to provide well looked-after surroundings and facilities to meet the needs of the park's many visitors, remaining true to the vision of its Victorian founders.'

Description from

City of London Corporation

See also

Park Finder [London Borough of Brent]

Category Harrogate
Size (acreage)68
Type of Website
Overview

'Set in a valley and very much a part of the Yorkshire countryside, the garden has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows.'

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Royal Horticultural Society

Category Chelmsford
Size (acreage)360
Type of Website
Overview

'There's always something exciting going on in the garden, from woodland walks and gardening workshops to fun family events.'

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Royal Horticultural Society

Category Torridge
Size (acreage)65
Type of Website
Overview

'Rosemoor Garden is an internationally renowned collection of gardens in North Devon, England.'

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Royal Horticultural Society

Category Guildford
Type of Website
Overview

'Wisley is now a large and diverse garden covering 240 acres (971,000 m²). In addition to numerous formal and informal decorative gardens, several glasshouses and an extensive arboretum, it includes small scale "model gardens" which are intended to show visitors what they can achieve in their own gardens, and a trials field where new cultivars are assessed.'

Type of Website
Overview

'Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Richmond Park, the largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London ...'

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The Royal Parks

Category Gateshead
Size (acreage)55
Type of Website
Overview

'Its historical and peaceful grounds have earned many awards such as Green Flag and Britain's best park. Some of its facilities include ornamental and woodland gardens, a boating lake, bowling greens, play areas, a maze, educational centre and of course the stunning Saltwell Tower.'

Description from

Wikipedia

See also

Friends of Saltwell Park | Saltwell Park [Gateshead Council]

Category Hertsmere
Type of Website
Overview

'An independent self financing rural Park in Hertfordshire that is free to use. Once a private Estate known as Porters Park, then a site of a Mental Hospital, Shenley Park is now a unique self-funding Park for all. The Park is steeped in history and hosts an Orchard, Meadow, Woodland walks, Historic buildings and an amazing 2 acre landscaped Walled Garden with an amphitheatre ... Shenley Park is also situated at a mid way point on the Timberland Trail. This is a 10.5 mile trail between Borehamwood and St.Albans.'

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Shenley Park Trust

Category Harrow
Type of Website
Overview

'Stanmore Common is the open space in Harrow with the greatest sense of wildness. Visitors feel that they could get lost in the network of winding paths. This sense of remoteness is valued by many visitors but discourages others. The paths can be muddy so except in the height of summer visitors should wear stout shoes or boots.'

Category West Cornwall
Size (acreage)200
Type of Website
Overview

'Over 200 acres are now a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic. Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds beckon, along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. The Jungle takes you on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and under majestic tree ferns, giant rhubarb and bananas whilst the estate reveals a lost world of traditional and rare breeds, wildlife and ancient woodlands.'

Category Wandsworth
Size (acreage)240
Type of Website
Overview

'With 92 hectares (221 acres), Tooting Common is the largest of our open spaces. The common is managed with the aim of keeping much of its natural character ... Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common, together with Streatham Green are the remains of common land that once stretched as far as Mitcham. An avenue of trees marks the former boundary line between the two commons, now to all intents and purposes one.'

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Wandsworth Council

Category Wandsworth
Size (acreage)175
Type of Website
Overview

'Wandsworth Common has many features similar to Tooting Common, including strong involvement from local users. Its 73 hectares (175 acres) contain ecological and ornamental areas, sports pitches, tennis and bowling, a lake (fishing in season, membership required), trim trail and children's playground.'

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Wandsworth Council

Category Camden
Size (acreage)26
Type of Website
Overview

'Waterlow Park is a 26-acre (11 ha) park in the south east of Highgate Village, in North London. It was given to the public by Sir Sydney Waterlow, as "a garden for the gardenless" in 1889 ...Set on a hillside, the park is set amongst ponds and offers views across the City of London.'

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Friends of Waterlow Park

Category Flintshire
Size (acreage)160
Type of Website
Overview

'Wepre Park is much larger than you may expect. Its 160 acres of beautiful and ancient woodlands, pools and glades follow Wepre Brook along its course almost as far as the village of Ewloe, and are well worth exploring.'

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Flintshire County Council

Category Newham
Size (acreage)77
Type of Website
Overview

'West Ham Park, the largest park in the London Borough of Newham, has been owned and maintained by the City of London Corporation since 1874 and is a Registered Charity ...'

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City of London Corporation

Size (acreage)1140
Type of Website
Overview

'Wimbledon Common is a large open space in Wimbledon, south-west London, totalling 460 hectares (1,140 acres). There are three named areas: Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, and Putney Lower Common, which together are managed under the name Wimbledon and Putney Commons. Putney Lower Common is separated from the rest of the Common by about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of built-up area of southwest Putney.'

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