A reader of my Capital Ring post (31/03/16) alerted me to this new initiative that seems to be gaining momentum. London could be designated as the world’s first National Park City!
London is already 47% green space and according to Daniel Raven-Ellison, the driving force behind the campaign, it is one of the most biodiverse areas of the UK. The National Park City will provide a forum to link up and support all the hundreds of local people and organisations that are already working to make our city a greener, healthier and happier place to live in. The aim is to give every Londoner, and especially every child, access to green space and the opportunities to engage with wildlife which are vital to physical and mental well-being.
Daniel and his colleagues have the support of the London Assembly and all the mayoral candidates as well as all the organisations and individuals who have already crowdfunded their proposal. They have drawn up a draft charter which can be seen on the website at http://www.nationalparkcity.london/.
If you live, work or play in London and want to know more you can go to the website at http://www.nationalparkcity.london/ where you can declare your support. There is also information there about how to contact your local councillors and get them to declare your ward’s support. Once half the wards in London are behind the scheme the organisers will ask the government to designate London a National Park City. 180 out of 436 wards have already declared so we are well on the way!