Mayor urged to support London as world’s first National Park City

03 June 2015

A motion agreed unanimously by Assembly Members today calls on the Mayor to get behind the campaign to make Greater London a National Park.

The Assembly urges the Mayor to support the organisation leading the campaign in order to improve the health and quality of life of over 8 million Londoners and help preserve the capital’s biodiversity.

The Assembly noted that in developing London as a National Park, initiatives such as tree planting will help the capital deal with the very real threat of severe weather, which is expected to worsen in the future, as outlined by the Environment Committee [1].

 

Jenny Jones AM, who proposed the motion said:

"This initiative could ensure that nature is included in every aspect of London’s urban fabric. By supporting this vision, we can help galvanise programmes that will make this city a far more pleasant and safe city, better able to cope with heavy downpours and heat waves. This means a large scale rollout of river restoration, tree planting, urban greening of concrete surfaces and a reversal of paved over front gardens."

 

The full text of the motion is here

 

Notes to editors:

Read the Environment Committee’s report: 'Come rain or shine: London's adaptation to the risks of severe weather'.

The motion was agreed unanimously by Assembly Members.

The full webcast is available here.

Jenny Jones AM who proposed the motion is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.

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