Around the world there are a few urban national parks inside and beside cities. The London National Park City will be the first to include an entire city.

This timeline shares where we have come from and what is happening next.

Spring 2019

London National Park City launch season begins.

July 2018

Organised by the Mayor of London, nearly 300 events will take place across the capital for the National Park City Week.

Countdown to London being first ever National Park City in summer 2019 starts now with inaugural National Park City Fair

March 2018

It is announced London will become a National Park City in 2019 following confirmation that the majority of the city’s locally elected politicians and the Mayor of London had declared their support.

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2017

Campaigners work hard to secure support from politicians across the capital by writing emails, organising events and giving talks. Regular open meetings are held in central London to help maintain and grow momentum. By the end of the year more than 1,000 local politicians from each of the main political parties have given their support.

2016

All of the leading candidates to become Mayor of London announce their support for London to become a National Park City. More than 1,000 people attend “Let’s make London a National Park City” at Southbank Centre.

2015

Over 600 people attend a major event at Southbank Centre and are invited to ask “What if we made London a National Park City?” A consultation follows, and an independent poll reveals 9 in 10 Londoners support the idea of a London National Park City. 347 individuals and organisations then contribute towards a crowdfunded and collaboratively written proposal for the “Greater London National Park City”. A further consultation follows. The National Park City movement grows, with people across the capital asking their local politicians to back the proposal.

2014

The campaign to make London a National Park City begins with a simple co-created website acting as a guide to the Greater London National Park* - “*Officially only a notional park”. The Royal Borough of Kingston is the first council to properly support the idea, followed shortly afterwards by Ealing and Sutton.

2013

Daniel Raven-Ellison asks “what if we made London a National Park City?” after wondering why an urban landscape is not included within the family of national parks.

2012

The All London Green Grid is published to protect, conserve and enhance London’s network of green and open natural and cultural spaces.

2010

The South Downs is confirmed as Britain’s newest National Park.

2002

A Biodiversity Strategy for London is developed by the Greater London Authority.

1995

Royal National City Park, the world’s first national urban park, is created inside Stockholm.

1988

Broads Authority gains equivalent national park status by a special Act of Parliament

1984

National Heritage Areas start to be designated in the US by Congress.

1981

London Wildlife Trust formed.

1977

Council for National Parks (CNP), now called the Campaign for National Parks, is formed.

1966

Colne Valley Regional Park established.

1963

Singapore’s Garden City journey begins.

1961

Tijuca Forest National Park, a large urban forest, in Rio de Janeiro is formed.

1957

Brecon Beacons confirmed as a National Park

1956

Northumberland confirmed as a National Park

1955

Green Belt started to be identified

1954

Yorkshire Dales and Exmoor confirmed as National Parks

1952

Pembrokeshire Coast and North York Moors confirmed as National Parks

1951

The Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor confirmed as National Parks

1950

The Peak District is designated as the UK’s first National Park

1948

NHS is founded.

1947

Town & Country Planning Act starts to control development

1932

Mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the Peak District

1931

UK Government inquiry recommends the creation of a national park authority

1911

Parks Canada becomes the world's first national service dedicated to protecting and presenting natural and historical treasures

1902

The Selborne Society establishes Perivale Woods nature reserve in Ealing, London

1895

National Trust founded

1889

The Society for the Protection of Birds (SPB), founded by Emily Williamson at her home in Manchester in 1889. The group quickly gained popularity and in 1891 it merged with the Fur, Fin and Feather Folk, to form a larger and stronger SPB, based in London.

1879

Australia's Royal National Park was the world's third official national park

1878

The Corporation of London acquired legal power to bring other land into its ownership for the benefit of Londoners

1875

The first area to use "national park" in its creation legislation was the US's Mackinac Island

1872

Yellowstone National Park founded (but not called a national park at that point)

1865

Commons Preservation Society (now Open Spaces Society) founded

1860

Campaigns begin that lead to the protection of Wimbledon Common, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath.

1824

RSPCA is founded

1770

London’s oldest living London Planes planted

875

King Alfred the Great ordered the draining of Walthamstow Marshes in east London

45

About this time, nobody knows when, the Totteridge Yew (London’s oldest living tree) starts growing.

43

The Romans found Londinium.

120,000 years ago

Hippos and lions are hanging out where Trafalgar Square is today.
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