I have a bit of a fondness for maps - almost as much as my fondness for the all things green and beautiful. Urban CIC has designed a fantastic folded map of London's great outdoors. It includes all of the capital’s 3,000 parks plus woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, city farms, rivers, canals and all the spaces that contribute to London’s landscape.
Some of the most iconic walks through and around London are included, such as the London Loop and Capital Ring, along with symbols marking places to swim outdoors, climb hills, pitch a tent or go kayaking. It even shows front and back gardens, but not any buildings!
This is all part of a plan to make London the world’s first National Park City. The idea has now secured the backing not just of the Mayor of London and members of the London Assembly but a majority of London’s 654 local council ward teams - the local authority councillors elected by Londoners.
The hope is that with this broad mandate, leaders of the campaign will be working with the Mayor and Londoners across the capital to launch the National Park City in 2019.
You may be thinking London's no Lake District, but this status is inspired by the aims and values of Britain’s national parks. It will celebrate the capital’s remarkable urban landscape and work with Londoners to make the city greener, healthier and more enjoyable.
That's something I can really get behind so I've signed up to support the campaign and help make it a reality.
If you'd like to get involved to, join the network either as an individual or as an organisation. I'll be posting more about this over the next few months!