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This map of London's green spaces shows what the city would look like without buildings

Written by
Nick Thompson

A new map of London shows what verdant lands surround us – if only we could take the buildings and general urban sprawl out of the picture. The map's been published by Urban Good, in conjunction with the National Park City Foundation, a new charity established to help make London a National Park City.

The map includes all of the capital's 3,000 parks, as well as woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, city farms, rivers, canals and everything else that adds to London's parkland. Take a look at the map and you'll see we're actually surrounded by all sorts of nature. 

Charlie Peel, Urban Good

Also on the map are the best-known walks in and around London, the London Loop and Capital Ring, and symbols telling you where to go for an outdoor swim, where to climb a hill, pitch a tent and go kayaking. There's also gardens: front and back, but no houses or buildings. 

You can grab a copy of the folded paper map for free next year, and there'll be a limited release this week, with 1,000 of them available by post for £4.75 to cover postage here or here

Charlie Peel, Urban Good

Or keep an eye on Twitter for @urbangoodcic and #nationalparkcity, as map creator Charlie Peel and Chief Exploration Officer at National Park City Foundation Daniel Raven-Ellison will be giving away copies in their favourite green locations around London. 

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