Will you help us to launch your London National Park City?

In the spirit of the National Park City, we don’t want to just have one single and exclusive opening ceremony. Instead, we’re inviting anyone to organise a mini opening ceremony. We’re hoping there will be 100 or more across London.

You could:

  • open a tiny nature reserve in your garden
  • take some friends on a walk
  • organise a game of hide and seek
  • start a project to make a street greener
  • go for a swing
  • make some outdoor art
  • do a performance
  • go kayaking on the Thames, or
  • do something else that is inspired by the National Park City.

Mini Opening Ceremonies Happening Around London

Here are all the mini opening ceremonies that people like you have pledged to do so far. Why not add your own ceremony to this map. Just sign up to the Mini Opening Ceremony Quest in Make Life Better.

Add your own Mini Opening Ceremony

As a symbol of the opening, we’re suggesting at your ceremony that you ask everyone who attends, may be it 2 or 200 people to swap, share, gift or exchange some seeds, a plant or a cutting to plant. Everyone who attends could be given some wildflower seeds, an ivy cutting or something else to grow.    

To take part:

  1. Let us know that you are organising a ceremony so that we can put it on our map. We’ll then keep you updated too.
  2. Please try to organise your ceremony between May and July 2019. You could also hold ceremonies from August to December 2019 if you’d like. You are welcome to organise more than one.
  3. The ceremony can be short or long, but it should recognise and celebrate something you are doing to contribute towards the London National Park City.
  4. It should be something that is inspired by or supports our aims to get more people enjoying themselves outdoors and to make our city greener, healthier and wilder.
  5. A ceremony could be attended by 1 or 1,000 people. It’s totally up to you.

Please do share your plans and event online and with as many people as you’d like to. Our hashtag is #NationalParkCity.

We will be sharing some posters and other things that you can use on this page in the near future. Register your opening ceremony and we’ll keep you updated.

Add your own Mini Opening Ceremony

Walk London’s Hidden Rivers to help launch London as a National Park City

Walk one of London’s hidden rivers on Saturday 1 June!

Mouth of the Walbrook

Walks along the course of the Fleet, Walbrook and Effra rivers will be led by experts. Have a great day out in London Rivers Week and find out more about London’s history and ecology. Places are limited so sign up now!

A London National Park City Foundation launch event for London Rivers Week 2019, in association with Thames21 and London Rivers Week. Also supported by the Museum of London’s Secret Rivers exhibition. 

London Rivers Week runs from Saturday 25 May – Sunday June 2nd.  For more details please see the Thames21 website. The week is organised by the London Rivers Restoration Group, a partnership of environmental organisations in London and includes the GLA, the Environment Agency, Green Corridor, London Wildlife Trust, Thames21, SERT, and the Thames Estuary Partnership.

Walk London’s Hidden Rivers: the Fleet

Book tickets for the Fleet walk

Walk London’s Hidden Rivers: the Walbrook

Book tickets for the Walbrook walk

Walk London’s Hidden Rivers: the Effra

Book tickets for the Effra walk

We’re working with the Mayor of London on the first National Park City Festival. The festival runs from 20-28 July 2019 and will mark London becoming a National Park City and celebrate London’s amazing outdoors.  

Working with major partners, including the National Theatre and Open City, the free festival will celebrate London's green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways, and aims to help a wide range of Londoners discover new environmental, cultural, sporting and community activities. 

The week of events aims to help more people get in tune with nature and the outdoors – improving health, well-being and social cohesion.

Key events taking place during the National Park City Festival include:

  • National Park City Stage - For the opening weekend of the festival, City Hall will host a spectacular free cultural programme in partnership with the National Theatre, on its outdoor River Stage on the Southbank. Performances will celebrate everything green and wild about the city. There will be a mix of dance, theatre and music, with a range of performances for all ages. 
  • National Park City Rooftops - In partnership with Open City, organisers of Open House, we are offering free access to some of London’s most dynamic and beautiful rooftop gardens and natural spaces. The full programme will be announced later in the year.
  • National Park City Splash - London’s first multi-site outdoor swimming and paddle sports event will see everybody – whatever level their ability – able to try their hand at activities such as stand-up paddle boarding and open water swimming.

Organise your own Event and we will Promote it for you

Organisations and businesses are also encouraged to participate by running their own activities or events, covering cultural, health and fitness, wildlife and the environment. A printed programme* will be distributed as well as an online activity listing to reach as many Londoners as possible.

Submit your activity or event today via the form that you can find on www.london.gov.uk/national-park-city 

(* To be included in the printed programme you will need to submit before Friday 26 April)

 

National Park City Festival: Community Activity Grants 

Applications are now closed for National Park City Festival community activity grants. Thank you for all your applications!

The Mayor of London is working with the National Park City Foundation, other partners, and Londoners to make London the world’s first National Park City this year. We’ll be marking this moment with the National Park City Festival in July. Now we’d like you to help make it happen.

The Mayor is offering community activity grants of £200-2000 to support organisations that want to hold festival activities in their local area. We particularly want to reach out to broader networks and attract audiences who traditionally under-use outdoor space.

For more information visit http://www.london.gov.uk/national-park-city-festival-grants.

 

The London National Park City launches on July 22nd. Be part of it. We’ll be keeping this page updated with all the ways you can get involved.

Be sure to put 20-28 July in your diary. This is when the first London National Park City Festival will be happening with events taking place across the capital. The Festival is being led by the Mayor of London’s Environment Team in collaboration with the National Park City Foundation and many other partners.

The countdown has begun.

Key dates

20 - 28 July - London National Park City Festival

22 July Launch event and Summit at City Hall

22 July 2019 - 21 July 2020, Launch year

London National Park City is Opening*

You can badge any event, project, talk, walk, celebration with our new London National Park City is Opening* wordmark or any of our other wordmarks. Download from our IdentityToolkit page and use on posters, online posts, websites, and more.

LNPC green is opening RGB

As a group, business, organisation organising an event, talk, project etc in support of the launch of the National Park City in 2019 you may use this to badge any aspect. On posters, online, etc.

Download London National Park City Is Opening* - all colours and formats

 

Here are some ways you can get involved.

1. Do something

The London National Park City is all about enjoying being outdoors and making life in London greener, healthier and wilder. You can help launch the National Park City by simply going on a walk somewhere new, growing some plants, taking a friend wild swimming or doing something else that contributes to these goals. If you are on social media, please share any photos using our hashtag #NationalParkCity.

2. Sign-up to our newsletter

We’ll keep you updated with with news and opportunities. You can sign up to our newsletter here.

3. Join our campaign to Make Life Better

Do you ever feel that life could be better? We do. That’s why we’ve created 10 Ways to Make Life Better and lots of ideas of things you can do to make life better in London. Joining this campaign is a great way to start bringing the National Park City to life in your life. You’ll even get a free poster to download.

4. Organise a mini opening ceremony

We’re inviting anyone to help celebrate the launch of the London National Park City by organising a mini opening ceremony which can happen anytime in the run up to the launch or in the months following the launch. Our aim is for 100 of these take place across the capital.  You could open a new pond, wild street, swing, nature reserve, piece of land, art,a walk or something else inspired by the National Park City.

Register your own Mini Opening Ceremony on our map now >>>

5.Organise an event as part of the National Park City Festival

We’re working with the Mayor of London on the first National Park City Festival. The festival runs from 20-28 July 2019 and will mark London becoming a National Park City and celebrate London’s amazing outdoors.  

The festival will host several flagship events throughout the week – more details to be announced shortly.

Organisations and groups, big and small, are also encouraged to participate by running their own activities, covering cultural, health and fitness, wildlife and the environment. A printed programme will be distributed as well as an online activity listing to reach as many Londoners as possible. To register your event for inclusion in this guide please fill out the details on the Mayor of London form available from the Greater London Authority's Festival page before 3rd May.

Register your event for the National Park City Festival week >>>

Grant funding of between £200 to £2,000 was made available to help organisations across London to run festival activities. Funding will support organisations to host activities  benefiting their local community, particularly reaching out to broader networks and attracting those who traditionally under-use outdoor space. For more details , visit the Greater London Authority’s website

 

6. Organise an event as part of our launch year

Are you organising a London National Park City inspired or supporting event between 22 July 2019 and 21 July 2020? We’ll be sharing details here soon on how you can get your event or project listed on this website.

 

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