London is all set to become the world’s first ‘National Park City’. Thanks to Mayor Sadiq Khan, the London Assembly, and the city’s councillors, the capital city will be launched as a National Park in 2019.
In the UK and around the world, National Parks are valued as important resources. They are a space to both conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage. Over 45% of Greater London is made up of green spaces, making it one of the greenest cities in the world. It is home to the world’s largest urban forest.
This movement was launched back in 2013, and has taken five years to come to fruition. It is a historic opportunity to make the city greener and healthier, and in doing so, improve the quality of life in the capital. The venture also serves as a way to recognize the efforts to make the city greener and more environmentally friendly. It will also be a great help to future conservation causes.
With over 3,000 parks, four Nature Reserves, 3.8 million gardens, and thousands of important nature conservation sites, London has always been green and diverse. While many visitors see it as being famous for its art, music, history, architecture, or political influence alone, it has another, greener, side.
Most of these natural space, such as Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, Holland Park, Victoria Park, Hampstead Heath, or Primrose Hill, are connected by footpaths and trails. All are accessible through London’s vast network of public transportation.
Exploring them gives a visitor the chance to see what London is like off the beaten track, and perhaps to meet some of its interesting non-human inhabitants.