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Kevin Beresford is the President of The United Kingdom Roundabout Appreciation Society, an odd group of people who meet in and around Redditch, a town in north-east Worcestershire, to discuss everything about roundabouts – their architecture, design, style, location as well as their safety features. Any why not? Roundabouts are not only an essential traffic management system but they also provide space for gardening, sponsorship and sculpture. These roundabouts range from a simple expanse of grass to magnificent landscaped beauties. Some feature works of art or are wildlife havens, others are sources of local history. There are 10,000 roundabouts in the UK. Redditch alone has over forty.

The society started in 2003 when Beresford's printing company was looking for something different to put on a calendar that he intended to present to his suppliers at Christmas. Beresford chose roundabouts and sent a graphic design student with a camera to shoot the best roundabouts in town. Beresford initially printed only 10 calendars, but the response he got was so overwhelming that he ended up selling 100,000 calendars the world over, and the Roundabout Appreciation Society was born.

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The Magic Roundabout in Swindon. Photo credit: Roundabout Appreciation Society

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