Over 80 local and national organisations have signed up as ‘Friends of Greater London National Park’- supporting the campaign to turn London into the world’s first National Park City. A further 1585 people have signed the petition, urging others to also back the initiative.
“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. It could help millions of people to develop new relationships with nature,” says Daniel Raven-Ellison, the driving force behind the idea.”
For its size, London is already one of the greenest cities in the world, with 13 000 species of wildlife. It is 60 per cent open land, and 47 per cent of Greater London is greenspace. It sports 3000 parks, 142 local nature reserves, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two National Nature Reserves, as well as 3.8 million private gardens and eight million trees.
The purpose of a Greater London National Park would be similar to other UK National Parks. It would conserve and enhance its natural and cultural heritage, promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of London’s green spaces, and foster the economic and social well-being of local communities. So all Londoners can work together in partnership, to enable and support the creation of a better environment, economy and quality of life, for visitors, residents and workers.