100-strong People’s Assembly and plans for 25 National Park Cities by 2025 to mark 1st anniversary of London National Park City

Islington Citizens Assembly

One year on from London becoming the world’s first National Park City on 22 July 2019 [1] we are forming a London National Park City Assembly.

To inspire and attract applicants we’re showcasing 100 Voices over three nights, sharing people’s tales of how they’re making our capital better for all. The online presentations will run from 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 July. [2]

The first anniversary also includes plans to have 25 National Park Cities by 2025 [3].

Since July 2019, allowing for the coronavirus lockdown, London National Park City has:

– Recruited a unique first tranche of 54 urban Rangers to act in their local area and across London and to celebrate the capital’s outdoors for nature, recreation, learning and skills [4]

– Secured support from the main candidates vying to be the next Mayor of London [5]

– Launched with others The Prize to Transform the Future, to reimagine and visualise the future of the London City Region [6]

Chair of London National Park City, Paul de Zylva, said:

“Being a National Park City is about making urban life better for people and nature including making our open spaces and places more appealing and accessible for everyone and celebrating London’s great outdoors. We all value Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. What if our public spaces were as iconic?”

“To mark London National Park City’s first birthday, we’re inviting Londoners to form a People’s Assembly that reflects London’s diversity. We’re kicking this off with 100 Voices – three-days of speedy talks by Londoners who’ll share how they’re making the capital greener, healthier and wilder. We’re also confirming our aim to have 25 UK and International cities joining the National Park City family by 2025.”

“Recent surveys [7] show a huge demand for a more compassionate and caring world after coronavirus. The desire to connect with nature and embrace the outdoors has never been higher. A huge vote of confidence for making life better.”


Notes to Editors

[1] London National Park City (LNPC) is a place, a vision and a movement to improve life in London by making London greener, healthier and wilder. www.nationalparkcity.london/ The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) is the charity behind London National Park City. www.nationalparkcity.org/ 

We want to get more people out and about for much more of their 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.

A six year grassroots campaign led to London becoming the world’s first National Park City at a City Hall Summit on 22 July 2019. https://www.nationalparkcity.london/launch

London National Park City is backed by businesses and a majority of political leaders across parties including London councillors and London Assembly Members. Lead candidates in both the 2016 and the postponed 2020 London Mayoral elections have supported London National Park City.

[2] The London National Park City People’s Assembly reflecting London’s demography will advise and guide on activities to improve life in London by making it greener, healthier and wilder. The 100 Voices online events on 21, 22 and 23 July will showcase people who are or who want to do this more. Londoners can join 100 Voices online to be get ideas, contacts and inspiration https://www.nationalparkcity.london/100voices

[3] 25 National Park Cities by 2025 is the plan to help other UK and world cities gain National Park City status. https://www.nationalparkcity.org/national-park-cities

An international charter for National Park Cities, devised and consulted on by National Park City Foundation, World Urban Parks and Salzburg Global Seminar was launched on 21 July 2019 https://npc-universal-charter.netlify.app/

[4] London National Park City Rangers https://www.nationalparkcity.london/rangers

[5] London Mayoral commitments and 99 #WhatIf ideas for making London greener, healthier and wilder https://www.nationalparkcity.london/ideas

[6] The Prize to Transform the Future to reimagine and visualise the future of the London City Region https://www.prizetotransformthefuture.org/

[7] A BritainThinks survey found 88% of people do not want to go back to how things were before coronavirus [https://britainthinks.com/news/britainthinks-coronavirus-diaries]. A similar survey by YouGov found only 9% wanted to return to normal [https://ffcc.co.uk/library/yougov-covid-19-polling].  

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