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Is London any closer to becoming a National Park City?

Written by
James Manning

It’s been a couple of years now since a plucky bunch of campaigners declared their intentions to make London a national park. No, you didn’t read that wrong. Our city of 8.6 million people also contains 13,000 species of wildlife, and almost 40 percent of it is green space, making it the greenest city of its size in the world. So acknowledging that by making it the world’s first National Park City seems like a great idea to us.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on board, the campaign is gathering pace and another big event is planned for the Southbank Centre next month. Hosted by comedian Josie Long, ‘The Making of a National Park City’ brings together speakers including the designer Wayne Hemingway, Dame Fiona Reynolds (former director general of the National Trust) and the economist Andrew Simms, plus beekeepers, artists, conservationists, firefighters and doctors, as well as a performance by the Bollywood Brass Band. Head down to find out more, recruit your local councillors, and let’s make London the greenest and pleasantest city in the world.

Find out more about the National Park City campaign, and enter our Wild London photography exhibition.

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