Become a Founder of the Greater London National Park
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Become a Founder of the Greater London National Park

    1. Daniel Raven-Ellison
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      Daniel Raven-Ellison

      London, United Kingdom

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!

Please:

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!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Help us to flash-mob Boris (online) on Monday!

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      Are you up for a quick bit of digital activism?

      On Monday the Mayor of London will be taking questions on his #AskBoris hashtag.

      Help us to be heard above the noise by joining our online Thunderclap #AskBoris flash-mob!

      Join us now! It only take a couple of seconds:
      https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/17686-ask-boris-for-a-national-park?locale=en

      The more of us who ask the better, so please do add your voice to the Thunderclap.

      Thank you and have a great weekend!

      Daniel

      @LondonNP
      #GLNP

    2. Can you recruit your London ward or borough?

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      A quick update with some wins to celebrate and a great way to get more involved with our campaign.

      We have had some great wins over the last couple of weeks.

      - Today Mayor of London candidate Christian Wolmar said that he "absolutely" would back a report into the costs, benefits and options for a Greater London National Park.

      - George Monbiot, Chris Packham, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Griff Rhys Jones, David Lindo, Lauren O'Farrell, Melissa Harrison, Sir Terry Farrell and Robert Macfarlane are just a handful of well known people who are now supporting our campaign.

      - On Tuesday Northfields ward in Ealing passed a motion of support for the campaign. The vast majority of residents who attended the ward forum want to the Mayor of London to publish a report into the opportunities, costs, benefits and options for a London National Park. As a result of the meeting all councillors in the ward will be writing a letter of support to the Mayor.

      - We now have over 1400 people signed up to our petition! Thank you all so much for your investment, enthusiasm and support!

      Do you live in London?
      Could you help replicate the success in Northfields ward in your ward... or even in your whole borough?

      Please click through for details on how you can help to recruit the support of your ward or borough.

      http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/get-involved/recruit-support-ward-borough/

      Very many thanks for taking the time to read this update.

      Daniel
      @DanRavenEllison
      @LondonNP

      Recruit the support of your ward or borough

      We want the Mayor of London to publish a report detailing the opportunities, costs, benefits and options for a Greater London National Park. To achieve this goal we are recruiting the support of individuals, organisations, wards and boroughs.

    3. Update: Together we can make London a National Park

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      It has been six months since the start of our campaign to make London the world's first National Park City. In this update I would like to share are few successes and something you can do to help move things forward.

      A couple of weeks ago I met with National Parks England and several chiefs of the official English national parks where the idea was warmly welcomed. Formally a spokesperson is quoted in the Independent saying that National Parks England is “supportive of the principle” of a London park, adding in a statement: “We note that the proposition would have the ethos, but not the traditional legal designation, of existing national parks.”

      This is an exciting base to build from and demonstrates that while the idea of a Greater London National Park may be radical, it is also possible and valuable.

      The Greater London National Park has also been in the news. On Friday the Park featured in the Independent, i, BBC London Radio, BBC London TV and London Live. Since then the message has spread further and the campaign is on Buzzfeed too.

      Independent
      http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/47-per-cent-of-london-is-green-space-is-it-time-for-our-capital-to-become-a-national-park-9756470.html

      London Live
      http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2014-09-26/campaign-to-make-london-a-national-park

      We now need to build on this energy.

      Thank you all for signing this petition. There are now 1,208 of us who have called on the Mayor of London to become a National Park. The title of the petition has changed to Become a Founder of the Greater London National Park to reflect our positive energy.

      In addition to individuals, 70 organisations have share their logos with us and become Friends of the Park. The Camden Butterfly Trust, Farrells, Scouts (London Region) and Warblr are just a few of our most recent Friends.

      All going well I will be pitching the idea of Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, next week. Before then it would be wonderful if we could build on these numbers to show even more support for the Park.

      Please help the campaign by doing one or more of these things:

      1. Invite people to become a Founder of the Greater London National Park. Every person counts.
      http://www.change.org/p/become-a-founder-of-the-greater-london-national-park-glnp

      2. Sign your business or charity up as a Friend of the Park
      http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/get-involved/friends-of-the-greater-london-national-park/

      3. Write a tweet, Facebook update, blog post or article on the Park…. or share a photo. We are tweeting on @LondonNP and our hashtag is #GLNP.

      4. Sign up for our newsletter.
      http://bit.ly/1yxE9DJ

      5. Come to our first campaign meeting, form strategy and make it happen.
      http://glnpcampaign.eventbrite.co.uk

      6. Get tickets to our special event at Southbank in February
      https://glnp.eventbrite.co.uk

      Please do take a moment to do one or more of these things.

      Together we can make it happen!

      Many thanks,

      Daniel
      @DanRavenEllison

      @LondonNP #GLNP #WildLondoner

      http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/
      https://www.facebook.com/greaterlondonnationalpark

      47 per cent of London is green space: Is it time for our capital to become a national park?

      The sun strikes their faces and the surrounding landscape. It would be a scene of bucolic wonder were it not for the bottle tops and fag ends at their feet, the concrete and glass blocks that dominate the skyline, and the rumble of flight paths, railways and the frantic Mile End road.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Invitation: Join us for a Greater London National Park* event at Southbank

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      Join us for a day of inspirational presentations, engaging panel discussions and a conversation that could lead to London becoming the world's first National Park City.

      This is an advance warning of the event giving you a chance to snap up an Early Bird ticket before we promote it.

      Reimagining London: What if we made London a National Park?
      Purcell Room Southbank Centre
      Tuesday, 24 February 2015 from 10:30 to 16:30
      http://glnp.eventbrite.co.uk

      If you have any questions please tweet @LondonNP.

      Many thanks,

      Daniel

      @LondonNP
      #GLNP
      #WildLondoner

    6. 5 Months Later

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      5 months ago today we launched a website for a Greater London National Park*. The park may be *notional for now, but with your support it could become a reality.

      60+ organisations are now Friends of the Greater London National Park campaign. Most recently Scouts London Region, the Telegraph Outdoors Show and Bionic City added their logo to the rapidly growing number of organisations on our friends page.

      970+ people have now signed our Change.org petition. Thank you all for your ongoing support may it be simply by reading this update or more actively promoting the Greater London National Park idea.

      Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting in Camley Street nature reserve last week. The event demonstrated that our group had a common vision of how a National Park could radically improve the liveability of a city like London.

      In the next few weeks things are going to heat up significantly. I will be posting an update that will makes clear precisely how London could officially become a National Park... and what we can do to make it happen.

      In the meantime please do one or more of these things to help make London the world's first National Park City.

      1) Share this petition!
      May it be on Twitter, Facebook, in a blog or newsletter, let's reach 2,000 signatures before the end of September.

      2) Connect with @LondonNP
      Are you on Twitter? If so, share your #GLNP events, stories and #WildLondoner photos with @LondonNP and we will repeat them.

      3) Save the date
      We are planning a special event in central London on February 24th. Save the day! It's going to be good.

      Thank you again for your time, interest and support... the campaign is about to shift up a gear!

      Daniel
      @DanRavenEllison

      #GLNP #WildLondoner

      http://greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/
      https://twitter.com/londonNP
      https://www.facebook.com/greaterlondonnationalpark

    7. Let's meet up!

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Greater London National Park Supporter,

      Are you in London and free this Wednesday (27.08.14) at 10am? Let's meet up for some coffee, biscuits and to discuss the potential of London becoming the world's first National Park City.

      The meeting is open to people who have signed this petition and is taking place at Camley Street Natural Park near Kings Cross.

      To book your place visit:

      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-greater-london-national-park-coffee-morning-tickets-12261537589 Password: LetsMakeItHappen

      Hope to see you there.

      Many thanks,

      Daniel

      @LondonNP
      #GLNP

      Friends of the Greater London National Park* coffee morning

      A meeting to discuss the idea of London becoming the world's first National Park City. This is an opportunity for Friends of the Greater London National Park* to hear campaign plans, discuss our thinking, ask questions and network.

    8. Today at 12:30 - #AskBoris to make Greater London a National Park!

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      At 12:30 today (August 5th) Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is taking questions on Twitter using #AskBoris. Please take a moment to #AskBoris if he will help us to make London the world's first National Park City.

      Here is an example tweet that you can edit, copy and paste:
      @MayorofLondon will you help to make London the world's first National Park City? #AskBoris

      Our campaign to make London is now just 4 months old and we are making great progress. We are having a coffee morning at Camley Street nature reserve in Kings Cross at the end of August. This will be a great opportunity to both learn more about the campaign and get more involved.

      Friends of the Greater London National Park* coffee morning
      Wednesday August 27th 10:00 - 12:00
      Camley Street Natural Park, 12 Camley St, London, N1C 4PW
      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-greater-london-national-park-coffee-morning-tickets-12261537589
      PW: LetsMakeItHappen

      Have you got a great idea for a Greater London National Park? Please add it to the growing list on this page: http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/whats-your-idea-for-a-greater-london-national-park/

      Please save February 24th 2015 when we will be having a special event in central London. Details to follow.

      That's it for now. September and October will be massive.

      Have a great August.

      Daniel
      @DanRavenEllison

      @LondonNP
      http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/

      Friends of the Greater London National Park* coffee morning

      A meeting to discuss the idea of London becoming the world's first National Park City. This is an opportunity for Friends of the Greater London National Park* to hear campaign plans, discuss our thinking, ask questions and network.

    9. Together we can make London a National Park!

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your help to make London the world's first National Park City. If successful, the Park could improve the lives people and wildlife across the capital and beyond.

      This Autumn the campaign is going to be moved up a notch as we reach out to MPs and political parties to ask for their support. Watch this space.

      We have entered the Northbank Challenge to try and win a slice of £200,00 of funding. We will use this to research a feasibility study for a Greater London National Park*. Please take a moment to vote for us.

      Your vote could make a big difference to our campaign.
      https://rsanorthbank.crowdicity.com/post/54523

      On Wednesday 27th of August there will be an informal coffee morning for Friends of the Park and anyone who has signed the petition at Camley Street Natural Park near Kings Cross. To book your place visit:

      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-greater-london-national-park-coffee-morning-tickets-12261537589 Password: LetsMakeItHappen

      On February 24th 2015 a major Greater London National Park* event is being organised in central London. Lasting all day, the event will include a fantastic range of speakers. Please save this date!

      Over 800 people have now signed our petition to the Mayor of London. Thank you all so much for taking the time to tell Boris Johnson that you support the Park. Every person counts.

      Over 55 organisations have become Friends of the Greater London National Park*. Some of the latest to join include Rohan, London Green Spaces Friends Network, The Urban Birder and the South West London Biodiversity Partnership. If your organisation would like to become a Friend of the Park* please do get in contact.

      We have got a new newsletter. If you would like more be more involved and get regular updates please sign up here:

      http://topolocus.us8.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=3f76d7746182601668ef8c997&id=fc169f2aaf

      Finally, is there anything that you can do to help galvanise support for the campaign? If you can... please do it. If you need any help or would like to share ideas do get in contact through the website.

      http://greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/

      Let's make it happen!

      Daniel
      @DanRavenEllison
      #GLNP

      London National Park Centre

      Create the Greater London National Park City Centre in Northbank, the geographic centre of London. What is the problem or opportunity you want to address? What if London became the world's first National Park City, a new kind of national park?

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. Progress report + Please vote for us in the Northbank Challenge

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you very much to everyone who is helping with our campaign to make London the world's first National Park City. A few updates for you!

      Help us get a feasibility study together - I have drafted an idea for the Northbank challenge. If supported and successful, it could provide the money to pay for a Greater London National Park report. Please VOTE for it and comment here https://rsanorthbank.crowdicity.com/post/54523.

      Christian Wolmar - The only declared candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election has interested in the idea of a Greater London National Park! The Northbank study would help give him the confidence to fully back the idea.

      Petition - Over 600 people have now signed the petition. That's a village of support. Can you help us to collect more signatures and turn it into a town of support?

      Friends of the Park* - 50+ organisations are now Friends of the Greater London National Park*! See the full list and add your organisation at http://bit.ly/LondonNP.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Mr Johnson - You do have the power!

      Daniel Raven-Ellison
      Petition Organizer

      I am delighted that we have already had a response from the Mayor.

      http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/boris-johnson-create-the-greaterlondonnationalpark/responses/11922

      In the reply delivered by Greater London Authority's Public Liaison Unit there are a number of reasons given why he believes London cannot become a National Park.

      Reason 1
      "..the evaluation framework for determining potential National Parks effectively excludes large urban areas."

      Reason 2
      "..he does not have powers to ‘create’ a new class of urban National Park."

      I believe these reasons are highly encouraging.

      If having the power to name London as a National Park City is his only concern, we should do what we can to help him realise that he does have this power. He just has to choose to use it.

      Please call on your friends and networks to sign this petition to give additional confidence to the Mayor that he does have the power to make London the world's first National Park City.

      Boris Johnson's Response to Boris Johnson: Create the #GreaterLondonNationalPark

      Dear Petitioner Thank you for signing the Change.org petition about turning London into the world's first urban National Park. The Mayor welcomes the call for more recognition of the importance and value of London's parks, green spaces and natural environment.

    14. Decision-maker Boris Johnson responds:

      Boris Johnson

      Dear Petitioner

      Thank you for signing the Change.org petition about turning London into the world’s first urban National Park.

      The Mayor welcomes the call for more recognition of the importance and value of London’s parks, green spa...


    15. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Hogan STOURBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      Any oportunity to enhance London's resilience should be supported!

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    • Gammadian Freeman LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      Better health

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    • Susan Crisp LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      Great concept to consider the whole city as a park. It immediately changes perspectives.

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    • Susan Sheehan LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 days ago

      We need to look after and value our green space.

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    • AJ McConville LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 days ago

      increasingly we are becoming urbanised with urban areas taking up more and more space. We therefore need to consider how to incorporate biodiversity into the places we live. It also will have multiple benefits for people.

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