London: A National Park City
The statutory purpose of national park status is to “conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area” and “promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the park by the public.”
Having successfully campaigned to secure the title, the National Park City Foundation has been established to bring the new London City National Park to life in advance of and following its inauguration in July 2019.
They are inviting people to get involved in all sorts of ways, through active use, campaigning and vocalising their love of green spaces throughout the city.
A ‘national park city’ must aim to conserve London’s ability to be dynamic, to innovate and to evolve. The National Park City Foundation will look to inform and inspire, help coordinate and promote London’s biodiversity and recreational opportunities while helping to tackle some of the city’s biggest challenges.
I’m pretty sure any City, nevermind one with such an impressive title pending, would hugely benefit from a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses inherent within it’s urban green infrastructure assets. Greenkeeper’s approach can lend a hand to support continued enhancement and the addition of the most valuable green infrastructure that will bolster this status and deliver a liveable city, at a time when we are not only looking to intensify urban development but also protect mental health and respond to environmental challenges.
John Haxworth, one of our founding team members, sets out here, why he thinks the status and opportunity is a great one for London.