Cam­paign aims to im­prove the qual­ity of life for Lon­don­ers

Sup­port grows for plan to make Greater Lon­don a Na­tional Park City

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­

A CAM­PAIGN for Lon­don to be­come a Na­tional Park City has gained trac­tion, but one of the founders has urged for more sup­port.

In July 2015, the Let’s make Greater Lon­don a Na­tional Park City cam­paign of­fi­cially launched, de­liv­er­ing a pub­lic ap­peal for peo­ple from each and ev­ery coun­cil ward for their sup­port.

The pro­posal aims to con­nect Lon­don­ers with na­ture, de­scribed by renowned Lon­don ar­chi­tect Sir Terry Far­rell as ‘one vi­sion to in­spire a mil­lion projects’.

The cam­paign has also seen en­dorse­ments from celebri­ties such as Bill Od­die and Stephen Fry.

One of the cam­paign’s founders, Daniel RavenEl­li­son, gave an up­date on how the move­ment is com­ing along.

Mr Raven-El­li­son said: “The cam­paign is go­ing re­ally well, we’ve got sup­port from Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry and Zac Gold­smith and 170 wards have now de­clared their sup­port.

“We’ve had a very strong sup­port from north west Lon­don, but our tar­get is for one in four wards to pledge their sup­port to the cam­paign.”

So far, wards in west Lon­don such as Wem­b­ley Cen­tral, West Har­row and North Green­ford have pledged sup­port, but many more west Lon­don wards are yet to join the cam­paign.

Har­row-on-the-Hill is yet to de­clare sup­port for the Na­tional Park City cam­paign, along with North­wick Park and Uxbridge North and South.

To see the full map and pledge your sup­port, visit the Lon­don Na­tional Park City web­site at w w w. n at i o n a l p a r k c i t y. lon­don/ward_­sup­port

Mr Raven-El­li­son con­tin­ued: “When we last spoke last year, we didn’t have any sup­port, but we’ve had so much sup­port in such a short space of time.

“When you think of a na­tional park you think of big land­scapes man­aged by rel­a­tively few peo­ple.

“Lon­don has an equally im­pres­sive land­scape and is re­ally bi­o­log­i­cally di­verse.

“What we have is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to in­crease the qual­ity of life in the city for both hu­mans and an­i­mals. This is a long-term vi­sion made pos­si­ble by lots of ev­ery day ac­tions.

“This isn’t a cam­paign that costs lots of money, it doesn’t stop peo­ple build­ing af­ford­able homes, but it helps peo­ple in the city tackle is­sues such as men­tal health, obe­sity and cli­mate change rather than depend­ing on the govern­ment.

“The Greater Lon­don Na­tional Park City cam­paign is all about work­ing to­gether as a large team.”

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