Let’s turn London into the world’s first National Park City. Sign this petition to become a founder of this new kind of National Park.
A Greater London National Park has the very potential to improve health, quality of life, education, prosperity, biodiversity, recreation, liveability, resilience, planning and design across the capital. It would allow for new thinking, solutions and opportunities, with the power to transform how we look after London’s environment, educate our children, design our gardens and much, much more.
London is an incredibly diverse place. 8.3 million humans speaking 300 languages share the city with 13,000 wild species as well as lots of cats and dogs. You may be excused of thinking there was not much space for all these Londoners, but 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, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 National Nature Reserves within the city’s limits, there are 3.8 million private gardens. For its size, London is one of the very greenest cities in the world – something to celebrate.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive at first, London would make an outstanding National Park for British and foreign visitors to enjoy alike. National Parks are currently funded by central government to conserve and enhance their natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage; and promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public. There is no reason why this thinking could not be applied to an incredible urban habitat like London as much as a remote and rural one.
This is not a proposal to change planning policy in the capital. The Greater London National Park would not have the planning powers that so many residents in current National Parks dislike. Nor would it replace the thousands of organisations who are already doing incredible work across the capital.
The Greater London National Park would be a new kind park, a 'National Park City' that would aim to conserve London’s awesome ability to be dynamic, innovate and evolve. The Park’s leadership role would be to inform and inspire best practice, help better to co-ordinate and promote London’s biodiversity and recreational opportunities.
A Greater London National Park is an idea that thousands of us can get behind to improve our communities, health, opportunities to learn, do business and environment.
With your help the Greater London National Park could be turned into a reality. Please show your support and back it now!
1. Sign this petition.
2. Discover more about the Greater London National Park.
3. Follow us on Twitter at @LondonNP. Share ideas and tweet pictures of the Park* at #GLNP.
Like the pictures? Thank you for the duck Iain Green, hedgehog Ian James and reservoir Simon de Glanville.
Thank you for your help. Together we can make this happen!