22nd January 2021

The National Park City Foundation and global lifestyle brand Timberland have started the new year searching for 50 more volunteer London National Park City Rangers to share their vision for a greener, healthier and wilder London, and to kickstart new urban greening projects across the capital. 

The Ranger programme launched in May 2020 with 54 volunteer Rangers from across London. Since then, Rangers have been working on a variety of projects including greening initiatives, education projects, setting up the London Fungus Network, participating in panels and discussion forums, delivering online talks and events, and much more.

Rangers come from a wide range of backgrounds with interests including nature, photography, education, arts, climate change, food growing, health and foraging.

What Rangers do will vary according to their own skills, experience and capacity. It could be catalysing projects making the city greener and more beautiful, it could be helping to tackle the climate crisis, reading poetry, pioneering diversity or working to improve people’s physical and mental health, perhaps by inspiring people to get outside to play a new sport or to exercise in green city spaces. 

“We have 54 Rangers who joined us at the start of the programme. They have been working on some brilliant projects and we are very excited about recruiting 50 more Rangers to join the team! It’s a really great community - supporting each other to work towards making London greener, healthier and wilder.” Ed Santry, Ranger Programme and Community Manager

“It was amazing to be part of the launch of this programme and to meet such incredible people, especially during such challenging times. I have loved witnessing the creation of an inspiring community that is motivated to make the city better for people and nature and excited to bring the next 50 Rangers on board!” Floree Zama-Neagra, Ranger Programme & Community Manager

“Being a Ranger has inspired me to take action on a personal, professional and wider community level. I have been inspired to embrace the aims of a greener, healthier and wilder London in every aspect of my life and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing any work towards this” Kate Stockings, Ranger in Camden

“Project sites like the community gardens at Wood Green Library and the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve are prime examples of collaborative work and effective action between multiple Rangers” Luke Newcombe, Ranger in Haringey

"Joining the Ranger community has empowered me to take my passion for nature to the next level. I have now launched the London Fungus Network, a project to connect people with the Urban Fungal Kingdom. Thanks to support from the Ranger coordinators and volunteers, we have brought together over 150 people for online talks and mushroom forays, with exciting plans for the year ahead - none of which would have been possible without the National Park City community." Mike Green, Ranger in Waltham Forest

“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.” Kabir Kaul, Ranger in Hillingdon.

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.

Images: 

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Notes to editors:

About the Ranger recruitment

Online applications are open from Friday 22nd January 2021 for 6 weeks with a closing date of Sunday 7th March 2021. Applications can be made via www.nationalparkcity.london/rangers 

Applicants will need to provide details including responses either written, by video or other means to the questions:

  1. What does London and the London National Park City mean to you and why would you like to be a Ranger?
  2. What skills or experience will you bring to our community, and what ideas do you have to make London greener, healthier and wilder?

About London National Park City 

London National Park City (LNPC) is a place, a vision and a movement to improve life in London by making the capital greener, healthier and wilder. www.nationalparkcity.london 

The National Park City Foundation (www.nationalparkcity.org) is the charity behind London National Park City. We want to get more people outdoors more of the time and to shape a new identity for London and Londoners reflecting the capital’s natural assets and how they underpin the culture and heritage of the city and the health of its people. The grassroots movement to make London a National Park City is also backed by businesses and political leaders across parties including the majority of local ward councillors and London Assembly Members. Lead candidates in the last London Mayoral elections all supported London being a National Park City. Having made it part of his successful election manifesto, Sadiq Khan, has been gearing policies and actions accordingly. 


About Timberland

Founded in 1973, Timberland is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Hong Kong. Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand’s passion for enjoying and protecting nature. At the heart of the Timberland® brand is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world. To share in Timberland’s mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, timberland.com or follow us @timberland_eu Timberland is a VF Corporation brand


About the Rangers 

Rangers contribute an average of 8 days of active volunteer time a year. In return successful recruits will: join a network of National Park City Rangers; access a range of free training; and learn new skills to influence, inspire and involve others. Rangers will be supported to network online, in communities and through our London-wide supporter network. They will also be provided with a Rangers kit supplied by Timberland to wear at public events and meetings. Applications are open until Sunday 7th March 2021.

You can see a short video about the Ranger programme and meet some of our Rangers at: www.nationalparkcity.london/rangers

National Park City Foundation has employed two Ranger Programme and Community Managers to serve as a central point of contact for the network and catalyse the community. The UK Government paper on protected landscapes, the Glover Review, applauded the London National Park City as a: “fresh way of getting us to see London for what it is. One of the greenest cities anywhere; a place of trees, parks and window boxes as much as skyscrapers''.  London National Park City is not trying to be a National Park. Cities are a very different type of landscape. The Glover Review’s recommendations relating to Rangers and co-ordinated volunteering are equally applicable to protect, enhance and celebrate the urban landscape in our capital city.

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