Supported by MP Zac Goldsmith, architect Sir Terry Farrell and comedian-turned-conservationist Bill Oddie, campaigners say that making London a National Park City will improve health, quality of life, prosperity and the environment for Londoners.
Campaigners need public support to win over the Mayor of London, London Councils and communities across the capital. If successful, London would become the world’s first National Park City.
Londoners can show their support by donating on the Crowdfunder website.
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Protection and value
The new movement, at a key stage in its development, plans to distribute a broadsheet newspaper-style proposal, full of specially commissioned maps and photos, to 100,000 Londoners.
‘People protect what they value. Making London a National Park City is a celebration of the capital’s remarkable natural heritage – but it’s also one vision to inspire a million projects that will improve the quality of our lives and the city itself.
‘As we welcome more people into our increasingly dense city, we need to make our parks and other shared spaces even better. Using them improves our health, happiness, wellbeing and productivity. Making London a National Park City will be a great way to achieve this.’
Daniel Raven-Ellison, geographer and explorer, campaign leader
Representing urban habitats
The Greater London National Park City would in some ways be similar to the National Parks in England and Wales – from the Cairngorms and the Yorkshire Dales to the South Downs. It would enhance our cultural heritage, foster the wellbeing of communities and put urban habitats on the map.
‘Just because the traditional notion of a national park is a rural conservation area, why shouldn’t urban habitats, with their network of green belts, parks, gardens and waterways be afforded the same reverence?
‘Urban life is just as important as remote rural life, and city dwellers, habitats and landscapes deserve to be conserved, enhanced and promoted too. After all, most of the population doesn’t access traditional national parks.’