Timeline

Pedestrian tunnel at King's Cross

Timeline of a movement

The London National Park City has a longer history than you might think

February 2024
We open our first Visitors Centre
Pop-up visitors centre at 109 Fleet Street

Public launch of our first ever pop-up London National Park City Visitors Centre at 109 Fleet Street.

December 2023
Funding from the National Lottery
National Lottery logo

We secured core funding from the National Lottery which puts us on a firm footing for London National Park City in 2024 and beyond.

October 2023
World Urban Parks Congress in Adelaide
London and Adelaide at the World Urban Parks Congress

The World Urban Parks Congress in Adelaide is held - a celebration of the importance of urban parks and green spaces for the health and wellbeing of all citizens. This was an opportunity to bring together representatives of National Park Cities around the world and to formally celebrate Adelaide National Park City as the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve the status of a National Park City.

July 2023
4th Anniversary festival
In A Field By A Bridge banner

In the heart of London, a celebration of low-impact living and community action recently unfolded at the In a Field by a Bridge Festival by London Bridge. Held on the 22nd and 23rd of July 2023, the festival also marked the 4th anniversary of London becoming the world’s first National Park City. To celebrate, we hosted the #DoLondonDifferently zone, an area of the festival filled with beautiful activities and workshops delivered by our partners and Ranger community.

June 2023
Do London Differently
Do London Differently billboard

Over the summer JCDecaux generously supported us through their Community Channel initiative with an 8-week outdoor advertising blitz running on 96 high-profile roadside digital poster sites across London. This outdoor activity formed the backdrop for our #DoLondonDifferently campaign where we introduced 40 grassroots leaders making a difference within their local communities either as London National Park City Rangers or leading inspiring neighbourhood projects that welcome everyone to play their part.

February 2023
50 more Rangers
Ranger at Omved Gardens

We recruit another 50 volunteer London National Park City Rangers to share their vision for a greener, healthier and wilder London.

December 2022
Cop 15 in Montreal
Cop 15 Logo

Over 200 countries at #COP15 in Montreal have agreed a new deal to tackle the extremes of #biodiversity loss up to 2030 Mark represents the National Park City Foundation having been invited by ICLEI to present at the Subnational Governments and Cities Action Pavilion and as part of a panel discussing Target 12.

November 2022
Navdeep Deol joins as Chair
Navdeep Deol and Rangers at Cody Dock

We happily announce that Navdeep Deol is appointed to head up the board of the National Park City Foundation and London National Park City.

October 2022
Four new Footways routes
Footways Map

Four new family-friendly walking routes were launched over the summer by our friends at Footways. The trails inspire people to get out on foot to explore the variety of landscapes and wildlife you can discover across our city.

July 2022
Five new Trustees
Five new Trustees

Five new Trustees, and two goodbyes as the National Park City Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of five new talented and experienced Trustees to its board.

June 2022
Third anniversary at Omved Gardens
london national park city third anniversary event omved gardens rangers blog group talks

Our third Birthday Party takes place at OmVed Gardens. London officially became the world's first National Park City in June 2019. This summer, we celebrated three years of helping make London healthier, greener and wilder at a Ranger-led event at OmVed Gardens in North London.

June 2022
Mark Cridge joins as Executive Director

The National Park City Foundation and London National Park City are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Cridge as their first Executive Director.

April 2022
Sub Label
Pilot of Citizens Assembly
Islington Citizens Assembly

At the start of April 2022, we launched our first pilot London National Park City Assembly in Islington. 

July 2021
2nd Anniversary

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 put 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 take place.

April 2021
YouGov Survey for National Park City

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 YouGov survey commissioned by London National Park City.

January 2021
Search for 50 more Rangers

The National Park City Foundation and global lifestyle brand Timberland start 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.

October 2020
What if we create more green corridors?

We hold a free, online thought-provoking event featuring speakers who are making green corridors a reality in their cities entitled London National Park City: What if we create more & better green corridors?

September 2020
Designing London National Park City
Designing London National Park City

As part of the Designing London National Park City programme a new audio journey by There Project, with sound design by Deborah Ridley commissioned by National Park City Foundation for the London Design Festival 2020 called ‘An Audio Journey Along Regent's Canal: What, When, How and Where’ is released. Accessible 24/7 with own phone and headset via thereproject.org

August 2020
London Fungus Network
London Fungus Network

London National Park City Ranger Mike, based in Waltham Forest, was inspired to launch the London Fungus Network.

June 2020
1st Anniversary - 100 Voices
100voices

On the first anniversary of London becoming the world’s first National Park City, we announced our intention to create a London National Park City Assembly, inspired by the national citizen’s assembly on climate. We showcase 100 Voices over three nights, sharing people's tales of how they're making our capital better for all.

May 2020
Launch of Ranger programme
Ranger logo

The Ranger programme launched in May 2020 with 54 volunteer Rangers from across London. 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.

April 2020
Covid Pandemic

As the Covid 19 pandemic takes hold, we launch a competition to share your vision of a post-coronavirus London asking ‘What if London National Park City was greener, healthier, wilder and more beautiful? What would it look like? What would it be like?’ in a call for optimists to help visualise a hopeful and possible future for the region and to share their vision in our Prize to Transform the Future. It's been established by London National Park City, the region’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks, along with Ordnance Survey and Culture Declares.

December 2019
WildED programme
Action for Conservation

Teams of school pupils, all passionate about conservation, faced a panel of 'Dragons' to pitch their inspirational conservation projects. Action for Conservation had been working with schools across the region to help teams of pupils from Year 7 to 9 to develop their projects as part of the WildED programme. The best of the best were then invited to the exciting surroundings of the National History Museum in London to present their projects to the Dragons.

October 2019
5 commitments for the next Mayor
5 Commitments

We asked our network for ideas to put to candidates and we produce 5 National Park City Commitments for the next Mayor of London and 99 What If ideas on how the next Mayor can make life in London better ready for the next Mayoral election in May 2020.

October 2019
Autumn Gathering

Lots of people joined us for our Autumn Gathering to discover ways and things to make life better. They left inspired and ready to help bring the London National Park City to life in their own lives and in their neighbourhoods. We all met Londoners, Do-ers, Makers, Champions & Rangers - The people making London National Park City a reality.

We listened to challenging and inspiring speakers, connected, met and discussed, and most importantly had fun!

August 2019
Mini Opening Ceremonies

Launch year! The London National Park City launch year begins. Everyone is invited to get involved with Mini Opening Ceremonies.

July 2019
Launch of London National Park City!
Signing the Charter in July 2019

The London National Park City Launches on July 22nd 2019.

The London National Park City Festival runs from 20-28 July 2019 and will mark London becoming a National Park City and celebrate London’s amazing outdoors. Working with the Mayor of London, it will be a celebration of London's outdoor spaces involving a broad range of activities, from culture and health and fitness to wildlife and the environment. With a mix of key and community events, organisations and businesses are encouraged to get involved.

March 2019
Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Our successful crowdfunding campaign to create, publish and distribute National Park City Maker, a newspaper-sized guide to making London life greener, healthier, wilder and better in so many ways. National Park City Maker will provide the inspiration and advice needed to start transforming the city we know and love.

February 2019
London Mayoral Hustings

The London National Park City Gathering including the Greener, Healthier & Wilder London - The London Mayoral Hustings is held on Saturday 29 February 2019 at the UCL Christopher Ingold Theatre, 20 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, WC1H 0AJ

July 2018
National Park City Week

Organised by the Mayor of London, nearly 300 events will take place across the capital for the National Park City Week.
Countdown to London being first ever National Park City in summer 2019 starts now with inaugural National Park City Fair

March 2018
London will become a National Park City

It is announced London will become a National Park City in 2019 following confirmation that the majority of the city’s locally elected politicians and the Mayor of London had declared their support.

2017
London Political Support

Campaigners work hard to secure support from politicians across the capital by writing emails, organising events and giving talks. Regular open meetings are held in central London to help maintain and grow momentum. By the end of the year more than 1,000 local politicians from each of the main political parties have given their support.

2016
Mayoral Candidate Support

All of the leading candidates to become Mayor of London announce their support for London to become a National Park City. More than 1,000 people attend “Let’s make London a National Park City” at Southbank Centre.

2015
What if we made London a National Park City?

Over 600 people attend a major event at Southbank Centre and are invited to ask “What if we made London a National Park City?” A consultation follows, and an independent poll reveals 9 in 10 Londoners support the idea of a London National Park City. 347 individuals and organisations then contribute towards a crowdfunded and collaboratively written proposal for the “Greater London National Park City”. A further consultation follows. The National Park City movement grows, with people across the capital asking their local politicians to back the proposal.

2014
*Officially only a notional park

The campaign to make London a National Park City begins with a simple co-created website acting as a guide to the Greater London National Park* - “*Officially only a notional park”. The Royal Borough of Kingston is the first council to properly support the idea, followed shortly afterwards by Ealing and Sutton.

2013
Daniel Raven-Ellison asks What if?

Daniel Raven-Ellison asks “What if we made London a National Park City?” after wondering why an urban landscape is not included within the family of national parks.

2012
All London Green Grid

The All London Green Grid is published to protect, conserve and enhance London’s network of green and open natural and cultural spaces.

2010
South Downs becomes a National Park

The South Downs is confirmed as Britain’s newest National Park.

2002
Biodiversity Strategy

A Biodiversity Strategy for London is developed by the Greater London Authority.

1995
First national urban park

Royal National City Park, the world’s first national urban park, is created inside Stockholm.

1988
Broads Authority

Broads Authority gains equivalent national park status by a special Act of Parliament

1984
National Heritage Areas

National Heritage Areas start to be designated in the US by Congress.

1981
London Wildlife Trust

London Wildlife Trust formed.

1977
Council for National Parks

Council for National Parks (CNP), now called the Campaign for National Parks, is formed.

1966
Colne Valley Regional Park

Colne Valley Regional Park established.

1963
Singapore Garden City

Singapore’s Garden City journey begins.

1961
Tijuca Forest National Park

Tijuca Forest National Park, a large urban forest, in Rio de Janeiro is formed.

1957
Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons confirmed as a National Park.

1956
Northumberland

Northumberland confirmed as a National Park.

1955
Green Belt

Green Belt started to be identified.

1954
Yorkshire Dales and Exmoor

Yorkshire Dales and Exmoor confirmed as National Parks.

1952
Pembrokeshire Coast and North York Moors

Pembrokeshire Coast and North York Moors confirmed as National Parks.

1963
Singapore Garden City

Singapore’s Garden City journey begins.

1951
Four UK National Parks

The Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor confirmed as National Parks.

1950
First UK National Park

The Peak District is designated as the UK’s first National Park.

1949
National Parks Act

National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 is adopted to create the first UK National Parks.

1948
NHS

The NHS is founded.

1947
Town & Country Planning Act

Town & Country Planning Act starts to control development.

1932
Kinder Scout Trespass

Mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

1931
National Park Authority

UK Government inquiry recommends the creation of a national park authority.

1911
Parks Canada

Parks Canada becomes the world's first national service dedicated to protecting and presenting natural and historical treasures.

1902
The Selborne Society

The Selborne Society establishes Perivale Woods nature reserve in Ealing, London.

1895
National Trust

National Trust founded.

1889
Society for the Protection of Birds

The Society for the Protection of Birds (SPB), founded by Emily Williamson at her home in Manchester in 1889. The group quickly gained popularity and in 1891 it merged with the Fur, Fin and Feather Folk, to form a larger and stronger SPB, based in London.

1879
Royal National Park

Australia's Royal National Park was the world's third official national park.

1878
Corporation of London

The Corporation of London acquired legal power to bring other land into its ownership for the benefit of Londoners.

1875
First use of National Park

The first area to use "national park" in its creation legislation was the US's Mackinac Island.

1872
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park founded (but not called a national park at that point).

1895
National Trust

National Trust founded.

1865
Commons Preservation Society

Commons Preservation Society (now Open Spaces Society) founded.

1860
Campaigns for protection

Campaigns begin that lead to the protection of Wimbledon Common, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath.

1824
RSPCA

RSPCA is founded.

1770
Oldest Plane Trees

London’s oldest living London Plane trees planted.

875
Draining of Walthamstow Marshes

King Alfred the Great ordered the draining of Walthamstow Marshes in east London.

45
Totteridge Yew

About this time, nobody knows when, the Totteridge Yew (London’s oldest living tree) starts growing.

43
Londinium

The Romans found Londinium.

120,000 years ago
Deep time

Hippos and lions are hanging out where Trafalgar Square is today.

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