Mayor Sadiq Khan helps with pond dipping

London National Park City

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, wants to help make London the world’s first National Park City.

One of the principal aims will be to make more than half the city's area green. The Mayor is working with the National Park City Foundation, other partners, and Londoners to achieve this ambition.

Making London a National Park City

London is already one of the greenest cities in the world. Making London a National Park City will give all Londoners more opportunities to experience and enjoy the great outdoors in London. It will help us all to make the city greener by gardening for wildlife or volunteering to plant trees. Fresh ideas, like green roofs and green walls will also help London’s fight against climate change. A greener city will be good for Londoners.

As a National Park City, London will be:

  • a city which is greener in the long-term than it is today and where people and nature are better connected
  • a city which protects the core network of parks and green spaces and where buildings and public spaces aren’t defined only by stone, brick, concrete, glass and steel
  • a city that is rich with wildlife where every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors
  • a city where all can enjoy high-quality green spaces, clean air, clean waterways and where more people choose to walk and cycle

Why a National Park City?

A National Park City is a vision and way of working together, not a designation. This vision will help the Mayor, the National Park City Foundation and others make the most of efforts to protect and promote the value of London’s green infrastructure and green the built environment.

With London set to grow to over 11 million people by 2050, there is huge pressure on the city’s natural environment. Parts of London will become more densely developed. At the same time, we must protect and enhance the natural environment, create space for play and healthy living, and help the city become more resilient to climate change.

Being identified as a National Park City will help us rethink how we invest in our green infrastructure and natural environment. It will also help us focus on the ways it can improve the lives of those who live here.

Next steps

The Mayor is now working with the National Park City Foundation and other partners towards the aim of confirming London a National Park City in 2019. As part of this, we will help Londoners to improve and green their local neighbourhoods. In addition, the Mayor's contribution will:

  • improve London Plan policy to protect green space and encourage urban greening - through green roofs for example. See Chapter 8: Green Infrastructure and Natural Environment of the new London Plan
  • offer a Greener City Fund to help organisations and community groups to plant more trees and improve London’s green spaces
  • support and advise boroughs and other land-managers to help plan, design and manage green infrastructure. This will be good for the health and wellbeing of all Londoners.
  • identify and promote the economic value of London’s green infrastructure. This will be through natural capital accounts to help build the case for essential investment

How you can get involved

To make London a National Park City in 2019, the Mayor and the National Park City Foundation want your help. Thousands of Londoners are doing simple things to make our city greener, healthier and wilder. Sign up to join in. Share your discoveries and experiences using #NationalParkCity.

From 21-29 July 2018 over 300 events and activities took place during London’s first National Park City Week.  Londoners explored the city's green spaces, rivers and footpaths. We'll be announcing more details about National Park City Week 2019 later in the year.