What if London became a National Park?
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Covering up to 10% of England, urban areas are recognised by Natural England as a distinct habitat, and by that definition London is truly remarkable. 8.3 million people share the city with 13,000 species of wildlife that inhabit the conurbation’s 3,000 parks, 30,000 allotments, two national nature reserves, 36 sites of special scientific interest and 142 local nature reserves.
A massive 47% of London is green space, making it one of the greenest cities in the world for its size. It is home to the world’s largest urban forest and its 3.8m gardens cover 24% of the capital.
The statutory purpose of national park status is to “conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area” and “promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the park by the public.” What if we took these ideas and applied them to London?
Join us for this inspiring day that could lead to London becoming the world’s first National Park City, a new kind of national park.
Speakers and contributors so far…
- Sir Terry Farrell CBE, leading architect planner and Mayor’s Design Advisor
- Alison Barnes, CEO of the New Forest National Park
- Murad Qureshi, London Assembly Member
- Dave Morris, Chair of London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network
- Andy Mitchell, CEO Thames Tideway Tunnel
- Judy Ling Wong CBE, UK President of Black Environment Network
- Kevin Davis, Council Leader of the Royal Borough of Kingston upton Thames
- Katy Hogarth, owner of Moo Canoes
- Stephen Knight, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee
- Mathew Frith, London Wildlife Trust Director of Policy & Planning
- Professor Henrietta L. Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity
- Peter Massini, Urban Greening Team Leader, Greater London Authority
- Pip McKerrow, Chief Commissioner, Girlguiding London & South East England
- Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust
- Penny Frith, Insect photographer
- Steve Head, National Wildlife Gardening Forum
- Beth Collier, nature based psychotherapist
- Steve Cole, Neighbourhoods Green Coordinator
- Helen Steer, city farmer
- Iain Green, wildlife photographer
- Tom Morgan-Jones, illustrator
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