An overwhelming number of Londoners (94%) agree politicians should protect London's green, blue and wild open spaces; ensure all are of high quality, attract diverse users and feel safe for all.

The result is taken from a YouGov1 survey commissioned by London National Park City2. Its results3 are being shared with all candidates standing to be the next Mayor of London and all London Councils, ahead of the local elections in May.

YouGov’s survey records the expectations and desires of Londoners, with 88%  agreeing politicians should promote the London National Park City to make their city greener, healthier and wilder.

84% of respondents agree politicians should create a London National Park City strategy linking transport, health, education and the environment.

87% want  politicians to use London’s National Park City status and identity to inspire more people to get outdoors to enjoy London’s open spaces. Increasing London’s green, blue, public and wild open spaces and improving the quality, safety and diversity of existing spaces is important to 89% of participants.

London National Park City founder, Daniel Raven-Ellison, said:

“London’s green and blue spaces proved themselves every day of the pandemic. The post-pandemic Mayor must ensure the capital’s green and blue spaces are central to everyone’s health.”

It was widely reported during the Covid-19 outbreak that those with easy access to green space were less susceptible to the virus, leading to renewed demand for more green spaces, especially in deprived areas.

London National Park City is one of the many organisations supporting A More Natural Capital4 campaign, with a shared agenda for change published in December 2020. TV Presenter Julia Bradbury will host an online Mayoral

Environmental debate based on the agenda on 12 April. The YouGov survey findings underline public expectations that our politicians will work with communities to put nature at the centre of recovery plans.

Notes:

1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1051 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30th March - 1st April 2021.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all London adults (aged 18+). YouGov is registered with the Information Commissioner and is a member of the British Polling Council.

2. The National Park City Foundation is the registered charity (no. 1173267) behind London becoming the world’s first National Park City in July 2019.

Launched with the support of thousands of Londoners inspired by the world’s rural national parks, London National Park City is a growing movement of people making life better in the capital, and in other cities across the UK and around the world. Individual actions make urban spaces greener, healthier and wilder. LNPC has five commitments we’re asking Mayoral candidates to sign-up to: https://www.nationalparkcity.london/ideas

3. The More Natural Capital Manifesto has been created by a group of leading environmental organisations outlining ambitious programmes of action needed in London to reduce pollution and waste, improve health and wellbeing, secure nature’s recovery and tackle climate change. The partnership aims to persuade all the candidates to adopt our agenda over the coming months, including by participating in a Mayoral Environment Debate on Monday 12 April.

Survey results:

  • 89% of respondents support the London National Park City aim of creating more high-quality green and blue space (e.g. parks, lakes, etc.) in London (e.g. enhance the management of London's existing green and blue spaces for people, promote more integrations of green and blue habitats into new and existing business and residential developments, etc).
  • 91% of respondents support the London National Park City aim of connecting more people to nature and the outdoors (e.g. promote improvements to health and wellbeing, increase volunteering and engagement of people in their own natural environment, provide education about London's nature and environment, etc).
  • 87% of respondents support the London National Park City aim of promoting the identity of London as the world's first National Park City (e.g. help residents and visitors appreciate the potential for London's outdoor heritage and natural assets, increase public understanding and pride in London's National Park City status, use London's example to support other cities in their move to National Park City status, etc).
  • 84% of respondents support the London National Park City belief that politicians should create a London National Park City strategy involving all parts of the greater London authority (e.g. transport, education, health, etc.) to help achieve the aims of the movement.
  • 87% of respondents support the London National Park City belief that politicians should promote London's National Park City identity to inspire more people to enjoy London's great outdoors.
  • 88% of respondents support the London National Park City belief that politicians should promote London's National Park City to help make London greener, healthier and wilder.
  • 75% of respondents support the London National Park City belief that politicians should support seasonal city-wide National Park City gatherings to help connect Londoners.
  • 94% of respondents support the London National Park City belief that politicians should protect London's green, blue, public and wild open spaces and ensure all are of high quality, attract diverse users and feel safe for all.
  • 89% of respondents support the London National Park City belief that politicians should increase London's green, blue, public and wild open spaces and improve the quality, safety and diversity of existing spaces.
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