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Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners

Date published: 
05 July 2017

Key facts

  • London’s parks and green spaces face an uncertain future due to limited funds.
  • The capital’s green spaces provide environmental, physical, mental, social and economic benefits for Londoners.
  • The Mayor has committed to improving access to green space – in his election manifesto[1] he pledged to make more than 50 per cent of the city green and to ensure that all children have access to nature.

Our findings

The London Assembly Environment Committee has published the report, ‘Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners’ which looks at what measures should be taken to protect and improve the capital’s green spaces.

The Committee has spoken to trusts, charities, local authorities, and members of the public. The call for evidence received more responses from the public on this issue than for any other investigation to date.

Recommendations

  • In the forthcoming Environment Strategy, the Mayor should:

-  clarify his plans to increase London’s green space in terms of quality, multi-functionality and accessibility

-  set out a specific action plan to improve green space data collection to help target investment which improves access to, and quality of, green spaces.

  • The Greater London Authority should examine the feasibility of setting up a single, citywide website to provide key information on all London’s green spaces, including ways to get involved and a crowdfunding function.
  • Team London – the Mayor’s volunteering programme - should assist green space managers in recruitment, retention and satisfaction of volunteers, including assistance for fundraising, diversifying the membership base and connecting with target groups.
  • The Mayor should appoint a Green Infrastructure Commissioner or Champion.

Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners