2019 Launch

Signing the Charter in July 2019

National Park City Launch

The launch of the world's first National Park City

London became the world’s first National Park City in the summer of 2019. A vision of the National Park City Foundation, years in the making, signed into reality at City Hall supported by over 300 events across the Capital.

London’s first National Park City Festival 20 – 28 July, celebrated London’s new National Park City status with over 300 free events across the capital.  

The Festival was led by the Mayor of London’s Environment Team in collaboration with the National Park City Foundation and many other partners.

Signing the National Park City Charter at City Hall
Signing the Charter of the London National Park City (l-r) Daniel Raven-Ellison of National Park City Foundation; Feryal Clark Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Leisure and Parks Hackney; Shirley Rodrigues Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy London; Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; Tony Juniper Chair of Natural England; Kobie Brand, Director ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center.

What we shared

Launched by the community

Mini Opening Ceremonies

London’s new status as a National Park City was marked by a week-long summer festival. A city-wide invitation to discover London’s amazing outdoors with hundreds of free events, from the Thames riverbank to the city’s rooftops; from forest wilderness to open waters. The festival was led by the Mayor of London’s Environment Team in collaboration with the National Park City Foundation and many other partners.

A National Park City is nothing without its people. That’s why we invited everyone to throw their own mini opening ceremonies across the city. An outdoor art exhibit, urban greening projects, or simply joining friends for a stroll in London’s nature – it all counted in our vision for a celebratory launch of a greener, healthier, wilder city.

Asking What If?

What if the Trafalgar Square fountains were wildlife ponds?

What if we all used a network of green corridors to connect with our neighbours across London?

What if everyone believed they could be an adventurer?

In June 2019, before London National Park City’s official launch, a group of ‘Lightning Speakers’ took to the stage with a series of inspiring talks to envision new possibilities for our city.

Trafalgar Square Fountains
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