Remember when we told you about London becoming a national park? Well today is the day that the experts are gathering to make their views heard at consultation Reimagine London: What if we made London a National Park?
Back in November we heard rumblings of a campaign proposing to change the way we view national parks, and create a new classification of park that would make London the world’s first ever National Park City. Well support has continued to grow and the campaign has gained the support of MP Zac Goldsmith, comedian Griff Rhys Jones and TV presenter Chris Packham.
Today (Feb 24) the Reimagine London event at the Southbank Centre is holding a variety of presentations and panel discussions surrounding the topic. Campaigners believe that, with 13,000 species of wildlife and 50 percent of the city being green space, London already meets the criteria of existing national parks. They also reckon that this new status would boost businesses and increase the health and well being of those of us living in the city.
The campaign’s founder, Daniel Raven-Ellison, said: “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. There is no reason we can’t apply these ideas in an adapted and appropriate way to the urban environment. London’s landscape is very different the countryside, but it is equally as distinctive and inspiring.’