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Should London be a national park?

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 23, 2014 in News, Outdoor London

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Close your eyes and imagine standing in a national park. We’re gonna take a guess and say you’re surrounded by trees, frolicking down rolling hills with the birds tweeting as they fly overhead. What you’re probably not picturing is being shoved onto a stuffy train or power-walking through the crowds on Oxford Street where the tweeting is done by excited tourists and fashion bloggers.

Well times are a-changing people, and a campaign working to have London awarded National Park status is well on its way. Here’s what we know so far.

Former teacher Dan Raven-Ellison came up with the idea as he believes that green space will improve the quality of people’s lives and their general wellbeing. Hear hear, Dan.

The London National Park would (of course) be very different to the rest of them, but with the same aim; to celebrate and protect our heritage.

The group of people backing this campaign have taken their plans to a global conference, so the idea is getting pretty serious. We weren’t alone in our quest for National Park status, at the conference there was also a request for new areas of conservation in the jungles of Myanmar.

So who’s in? So far big names including Griff Rhys Jones, architect Sir Terry Farrell, and Kids’ Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Want to know about more plans for London? Take a look at:

Joanna Lumley’s Garden Bridge gets green light

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