Trust gets behind campaign to make London a National Park City

The Trust has signed up as a 'Friend of Greater London National Park' - supporting the campaign to turn London into a National Park City.

The Trust has signed up as a 'Friend of Greater London National Park' - supporting the campaign to turn London into a National Park City.

It joins over 70 diverse, local and national organisations who are also 'Friends' and 1,208 people who have petitioned the Mayor of London, and urges others to get behind the initiative.

For its size, London is one of the greenest cities in the world: 13,000 wild species share the city; 60% of London is open land; and 47% of Greater London is green. As well as the 3,000 parks, 142 local nature reserves, 36 sites of special scientific interest, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two National Nature Reserves within the city’s limits, there are 3.8 million private gardens.

‘A city park or garden can be more ecologically diverse and rich, and provide more pleasure to a community, than a much wider area of land somewhere more remote,’ says Daniel Raven-Ellison, the driving force behind the idea.

A National Park City will:

• conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage within a defined city boundary
• promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of the special natural qualities of a city
• foster the economic and social wellbeing of local communities within a city – via its natural potential.

The proposition would have the ethos, but not the traditional legal designation, of existing National Parks. Far from being in competition, such a Park would act as an urban gateway for the current family of National Parks, and stimulate interest in people who would not usually get involved with them.

‘I'm inspired by John Muir and my involvement with the John Muir Award’, reflects Dan, ‘that's why we've instigated the Greater London National Park*. It could help millions of people to develop new relationships with nature.'

You can help the campaign:
1. Become a Founder of the Greater London National Park
2. Sign your organisation up as a Friend of the Park
3. Write a tweet, Facebook update, blog post or article on the Park, or share a photo. @LondonNP and #GLNP.
4. Get tickets to a special event at Southbank, London on 24 February 2015

www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk
#GLNP

*officially a Notional Park, for now.