National Park City Rangers come together to help make London greener, healthier and wilder.

8th May 2020

London National Park City has launched their new Ranger Community with 54 volunteers, as they joined together online to launch the first of its kind programme in the world. 

Counting artists, rewilders, urbanists, activists, athletes and teachers amongst their ranks, a diverse and passionate group of Londoners are collaborating to explore solutions for some of nature’s most pressing challenges in an inner-city environment. 

The Ranger Community purpose and projects include greening initiatives, conservation activities, education and youth programmes - all aimed at highlighting how London can be a greener, healthier and wilder place for everyone. 

Selected from over 130 applications, 54 volunteer Rangers stationed across London will commence work on capital wide projects, actioned locally in each of their communities.

The Ranger Community programme is supported by global lifestyle brand, Timberland. In partnership with Timberland, National Park City have already created new green spaces in South London where the Rangers program and application process was officially launched 6 months ago.  

In light of Covid-19, the Rangers initial actions have been documented as part of a social media campaign, highlighted via the use of the hashtags #LNPCRangers and #RangerInduction. Compromised of them each taking a walk in their local neighbourhood to showcase the wonders of their urban habitat - from wildflowers, trees and insects to community gardens, meadows, rivers and homes for wildlife.

Floree Zama-Neagra, newly appointed Ranger Coordinator at London NPC said:

“We’re thrilled to introduce the new Ranger Community to London and have been taken aback by the experience, skills and enthusiasm of the group. During this difficult time, the value of being outdoors and reconnecting with nature has never been more apparent and we’re proud to enlist our Rangers as figureheads within the communities on how to enjoy urban wildlife responsibly.”

Also recently appointed as a Ranger Coordinator, Ed Santry said:  

“Whether walking in your local park, growing vegetables in your garden or getting some fresh air on balconies, people across the city are realising the physical and mental health benefits of our outdoor spaces”.

Luke Newcombe, London NPC Ranger said: 

“It was great to meet all the Rangers at our induction day and I can't wait to start getting involved and help raise awareness of how we can make London greener, healthier and wilder. I have started planning with fellow Rangers in my area, different types of entertaining activities that the local community can engage with during lockdown. I will be working with my community to set up urban greening interventions and support people in getting outdoors to explore nature - that's what the Ranger Community is all about!”

Alastair Mant, London NPC Ranger added: 

"The diversity of ages, backgrounds, experiences and knowledge of my fellow Rangers is incredibly inspiring and having now heard from them all at our on-line induction I really believe that we can make a positive difference to London and the people living here. London's green spaces and wildlife have been invaluable during lockdown and I am excited to start making the city even greener, healthier and wilder."

Dipa Patel, London NPC Ranger added:

“I'm thrilled to have been selected as a Ranger for London National Park City. I love my city, and love my neighbourhood of Balham and Tooting, so it's great that I can promote the fantastic stuff happening in the area. It's also been great to connect with other Rangers doing exciting things with their local communities, and to share ideas and knowledge. It's early days, but already, despite the current global situation, I feel inspired and optimistic for London.”

Kabir Kaul, NPC Ranger said: 

“I am thrilled to be a National Park City Ranger, and it is wonderful to meet so many like-minded people, all of whom I am learning from to make a greater difference for London biodiversity. This initiative gives me a lot of hope and positivity for London's ecological future, especially during these uncertain times, where we can make the most change on our very doorstep. I cannot wait to collaborate with everyone, and make our National Park City even wilder!”

Stephen Passmore, London NPC Ranger said:

“I am so excited to be part of the Ranger Community. Although this is a worrying time for all, there are many positive stories coming through of cleaner air, more bird song and wildlife and an increased recognition of how valuable our green space is for Londoners. I can’t wait to start working on urban gardening and healthy places projects but there are already lots of ways for people to get involved in making our city greener, healthier and wilder.”

Andrea Simmen, Timberland’s UK marketing lead said: “Timberland’s partnership with LNPC on this inspiring project is one which was a natural fit for the brand. Timberland is rooted in the outdoors with strong, historical heritage in tree planting and greening projects- our global mission being to plant 50 million trees in 5 years. We are also passionate about bringing people together to build strong local communities. We really have thoroughly enjoyed seeing this project grow and develop into something which will inspire real change on a grassroots level”.

Rangers will be the trusted go-to people in their community, a network advocating for London National Park City and for integrating nature into the fabric of the city. The Ranger programme is one of several initiatives being led by the National Park City Foundation, and there are a range of ways to join in and get involved. Further information is on the London National Park City website at: www.nationalparkcity.org/rangers

Over the coming weeks, Rangers will be posting photos and stories alongside activity suggestions for Londoners. Encouraging people to share what they value about the urban environment whether that’s nature, space or fresh air.

As and when the restrictions start to ease, Rangers will then be looking forward to conscientiously welcoming everyone on board to help make London the green and healthy place that its citizens deserve.

ENDS

Contact: 

Tim Webb, National Park City, on 07746 896 986 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shauna Connolly, Canoe Inc on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors:

  1. The National Park City Foundation is the charity behind the idea that cities and urban areas can be National Park Cities, inspired by the ethos behind rural National Parks www.nationalparkcity.org/ 
  2. London National Park City (LNPC) is a place, a vision and a movement to improve life in London by making London greener, healthier and wilder. www.nationalparkcity.london/
  3. We want to get more people outdoors more of the time and to shape a new identity for London and Londoners reflecting how the capital’s natural assets underpin the culture and heritage of the city and the health of its people.
  4. The London National Park City Rangers programme is made possible by funding from Timberland, whose new global campaign “Nature Needs Heroes” includes a commitment to plant 50 million trees around the world over the next 5 years.
  5. Details of the NPCF Ranger programme can be viewed here: http://www.nationalparkcity.london/rangers
  6. Luke or Alistair - the Rangers that have provided quotes for this press release - are available for interview. Other Rangers can be made available for stories with particular themes / angles or that are local to one part of London. NPC Rangers are available in most London Boroughs. 
  7. Across the 54 National Park City Rangers - there is knowledge and experience in, for example; #ActiveTravel #TransportPlanning #WomensEmpowerment #Coffee #BMXRiding #TriathlonTraining #Beekeeping #GardenDesign #CommunityGardening #Trees #TVPresenting #Ecoschools #FungiForaging #Carpentry #Yoga #VegtableGrowing #Invertebrates #ExpeditionLeadership #Hiking #Horticulture #ClimateChange #Mindfullness #SocialMedia #Writing #Editing #Storytelling #Yoga #Photography #Animation #FriendsGroups #Treeplanting #ActiveTravel #Arboriculture #Conservation #Wildfoodwalks #PoliticalActivism #TherapeuticHorticulture #SocialDesign #DigitalSociology #ClimateAdaptation #ForestSchools #Cycling #HabitatRestoration #OutdoorEducation #GreenDevelopment #SustainableUrbanism #UrbanResilience
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