Park life – it’s time to celebrate
London will be launched as the world’s first National Park City on 22 July as part of a festival that will be the capital’s largest free celebration of the outdoors.
According to the National Park City Foundation, being close to nature is a necessity not a luxury and it wants to support this by promoting green space as vital to health, pleasure and conservation.
The aims of London National Park City are to encourage residents, visitors and partners to:
- Enjoy London’s great outdoors more
- Make the city greener, healthier and wilder
- Promote London’s identity as a National Park City
The ultimate goal is for the city to become 50 per cent green space by 2050, and residents are encouraged to get involved by turning a patch of ‘grey space’ into green space. This could be by turfing a patio, replacing a deck with grass or growing plants.
It doesn’t sound like a big ask considering Greater London is already one of the world’s most vegetated cities with 47 per cent green cover. But, with population expected to grow by two million by 2040, it will be an ongoing challenge.
One solution is for housing developers to integrate conservation into construction, in the way the park is the centrepiece of the Elephant Park development. It’s one of the largest new parks in Central London in 70 years.
Open to everyone, with mature trees, play trails, a performance area and plenty of open green space to relax, the park is a fantastic public space and a new green heart for the Elephant and Castle area.
To help launch London National Park City, residents are encouraged to throw their own opening ceremony that they can publicise on an interactive map. Elephant Park is the perfect backdrop for a celebration of nature.
Park City Festival runs from 20-28 July and will offer fun activities for everyone, ranging from culture and health and fitness to wildlife and the environment.