London National Park City anniversary celebrations – July 2021

Thursday 22nd July 2021 is the second anniversary of London becoming the world’s first National Park City. To celebrate, the London National Park City team and volunteer Ranger community are putting on a series of events to highlight projects, experiences and opportunities to make our city greener, healthier and wilder. In addition, as part of the wider work of the National Park City Foundation, a number of online International events will be taking place.

Urban Greening for City Resilience

Wednesday 21st July: 6.00pm-8.00pm


Join London National Park City Rangers and external experts to discuss rewilding, food growing, nature education, urban forests and community building, with real examples from across London. The aim is to bring people together around the shared goal of urban greening, to inspire and share knowledge, and to catalyse further action towards resilience. This event is part of our series of International events so do check out the other events taking place this week.

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25 Voices from London National Park City

Thursday 22nd July: 6.00pm-8.00pm


Join us online for a series of quick fire talks from members of our Ranger community who are taking positive action in their local communities to make London greener, healthier and wilder. Topics will include: orchards, health and wellbeing, outdoor activities, art and culture, biodiversity, community gardens, education and much much more!

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London Festival of Ideas – #CollectiveCultivation

Friday 23rd July: 2.00pm-8.00pm

Firhill Road, SE6 3SE

Supporters of London National Park City, Coco Collective, invites you to their Ital Garden community garden in Bellingham for a day of gardening, discussions, food and drink.

More info and register your place here

An evening tree walk around St James’s Park

Friday 23rd July: 6.00pm-7.30pm

St James’s Park, SW1A 2BJ

Led by London National Park City Ranger Greg, the tree walk will be looking at the ornamental and ecological value of some of the trees in the park, as well as the history and heritage of the trees in the park.

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Saturday 24th July: all day

The Halley/House of Transformation, Haggerston E2 8AX

H:Fest is run by the team behind the House of Transformation in Haggerston and is a day of connection, inspiration and collective visioning. Rangers will be running a workshop exploring our National Park City.

More information here

Carshalton Lavender Harvest

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July: all day

Carshalton Lavender Allotments, SM5 4NG

Rangers will be running a stand at the annual pick your own lavender harvest in Carshalton. Pop along and hear about all the great things that are happening in the area!

More information here

Community Garden and Drawing workshop

Sunday 25th July: 10.00am-12.00pm

Denmark Hill Community Garden, SE5 8HB

London National Park City Ranger Rose will introduce us to Denmark Hill Garden, a relatively new open allotment in South Camberwell. Its ethos is ‘no barriers to growing’. It has no waiting list or gates, residents are welcome to grow whatever and wherever they like and there is a free seed bank to get people started!

Following this, we have an art workshop led by Ranger Mary – this will feature an introduction to drawing different trees and a chance to practice your skills!

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Chingford Jumble Trail

Sunday 25th July: 10.30am-2.00pm

Chingford, Kings Road, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, E4 7HR

London National Park City Ranger Claire will be taking part in the Chingford Green Jumble Trail! A day of community fun and active recycling! Selling jumble, crafts, food and plants. A chance to chat and find out more about London National Park City, upcoming activities and then why not take a stroll around the Nature Reserve too?

Visit the google map for locations

Summer Food Walk and Forest School for Adults

Sunday 25th July: 11.00am-1.00pm

Hampstead Heath, NW11 7AR

Have you ever wanted to learn how to forage? Or wondered how to tell tasty plants apart from the poisonous cousins? Been curious to join a Forest School but think you are too old for it?

Join Rangers Mike and Paula running these free activities to celebrate London National Park City’s 2nd anniversary!

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Sunday 25th July: 11.00am-12.00pm

Stave Hill Ecology Park, SE16 6AX

Ranger Lisa’s yoga classes use the principles of Hatha yoga combined with the technique of vinyasa – flowing from one position to the next – to bring movement into the body, stillness to the mind and attention to the breath. Each session ends in silent meditation.

Hopefully you’ll feel the positive effects after the first practice, but over time, the effects of this athletic form of yoga will give you a renewed sense of self awareness, strengthen your body, improve your flexibility and make you a more balanced human.

Following the session there will be a chance to chat with staff and volunteers at London National Park City, hear about projects, connect and relax in the park!

House Out The House? – Dance workshop – POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Sunday 25th July: 1.30pm-2.30pm

Stave Hill Ecology Park, SE16 6AX

Join Ranger Ricke for a house dance workshop. House Dance is a descendant of disco that evolved in the 1980s. First appearing in clubs in New York and Chicago, it grew in popularity as people around the world fell in love with the dance. Due to its origins, House Dance is a highly social dance style that holds a special emphasis on self-expression through freestyling & falls under the umbrella of street dance. House is free flowing and a great dance to learn.

If you want to add some cool moves to your club dancing repertoire or are looking for a fun workout that will teach you how to move to your favourite music, House is the way to go whether you’re an absolute beginner or expert, House is an enjoyable style.

3 Minutes to Midnight: BUILD – digital workshop

Tuesday 27th July: 6.00pm-7.30pm

Online (zoom)

This event is part of a series of workshops running alongside the development of 3 Minutes to Midnight – an interactive game built by Sophie Rogers and Lucy Wheeler. The game takes its starting point at the moment in 2007 when climate change was added as a factor affecting the Doomsday Clock. The Doomsday Clock was introduced in 1947 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and is a metaphorical, non-linear clock that represents scientists’ estimation of how close we are to global catastrophe. In 2007, the Bulletin expanded the clock to include climate change as one of the greatest man-made threats to humankind. At that point, the time jumped to 3 minutes to midnight.

Join us for a 3D design workshop exploring the themes of 3 Minutes to Midnight and beyond. Expect critical discussion around post-growth and digital identities as well as hands on digital 3D sculpting. This workshop is led by Creative Computing Artist and Educator Jazmin Morris.

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WOODS at St Peter-in-the-Forest

Throughout July

St Peter in the Forest, E17 3PP

FOUR_ is a collective of artists and creative directors from different arts organisations working together to organise, curate and produce engaging collaborative projects. The collective is a supporter of London National Park City and, throughout July people are welcome to visit WOODS – a sculpture/installation trail in and around the grounds of St Peter in the Forest Church, Walthamstow’s gateway to Epping Forest. A selection of 9 local and international artists will be making site specific works in response to the environment and running a programme of free community workshops, curated along-side the E17 art trail.

More information here

More local events are being finalised so do watch this space, and make sure you sign up to receive the London National Park City newsletter to be kept up to date on events and activites.

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