London National Park City
World’s First #NationalParkCity in 2019
London is set to become the world’s first #NationalParkCity in 2019. This is a historic opportunity to improve life in London by making the capital #greener, #wilder and #healthier.
The Government is not being asked to designate London a National Park City. Londoners are invited to turn this vision into a reality. By working together to gain the support of the majority of London’s 654 electoral wards and the Mayor of London, we will have the legitimate democratic support to officially declare the capital a National Park City.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given his backing and 346 wards across 33 boroughs have declared their support so far.
We are delighted to announce that London will become a National Park City in 2019!
By working together we can inspire Londoners to make our city radically more green, healthy, wild, resilient, prosperous and enjoyable.
In the UK, we have 15 unique and inspiring National Parks. These are beautiful and protected areas that include mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods and wetlands, as well as towns and villages. From the meres, tarns and fells of the Lake District, to the tranquility and unpolluted skies of Northumberland, each is valuable and distinctive.
UK National Parks are home to more than 400,000 people and host over 80 million visitors each year. They are extraordinarily important resources, managed for relatively low cost. In 2012 England’s National Parks contributed as much to the economy as the UK aerospace sector. Each year they cost each of us just 80p.
The National Park Authorities ensure that our National Parks are valued, enjoyed and protected by working partner organisations, residents and visitors. In England and Wales the Authorities act to:
Conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
Promote the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public
When carrying out these purposes, National Park Authorities also have a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities.