Calls to make London the world’s first National Park City

A former geography teacher has launched a campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City

Daniel Raven-Ellison believes the classification would prompt Londoners to reimagine their city in a positive way and help tackle issues like obesity and climate change. While London is often thought of as a bleak space without much biodiversity, it is actually home to 13,000 species, 3,000 parks, 30,000 allotments, three million gardens and two National Nature Reserves. Almost half of London is green space, and 60% is classified as open space.

An event in London earlier this year gathered experts around the idea, with talks by wildlife, environment, mapping and growing groups, as well as planning bodies and institutions. A draft proposal is due to be published in April.

Raven-Ellison said the idea could “radically change how we see, think about, design, manage and experience the city. London’s landscape is very different to the countryside, but it is equally as distinctive and inspiring.”

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