Campaign aims to improve the quality of life for Londoners
Support grows for plan to make Greater London a National Park City
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.”