Ealing backs London national park plan

Ealing Council is getting behind an Ealing geographer who is campaigning to make London into the world’s first national park city.

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National Geographic Magazine photographer and explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison wants to promote London as a national park to help encourage the people who live in the capital to think about their parks and other open spaces differently. He also hopes it will help businesses by attracting more visitors to outer London, including Ealing.

The national park proposal aims to promote the green spaces that make up more than half of the capital’s area, and encourage people to use them and care for them. These spaces include parks, gardens, allotments and residential areas.

Ealing Council already has schemes to help its residents improve where they live, including green spaces, through the transform your space project and the Bubble website.

Leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “London may not be many people’s first mental image of a national park, but Daniel Raven-Ellison’s ambitious plan to promote the capital’s remarkable range of parks and green spaces could transform that. Promoting access to nature and exercise can help improve health and well-being while increasing visits to green spaces in outer London boroughs like Ealing will boost our local economy. I’m happy to give Ealing Council’s support for the concept of a London national park and hope to see many more boroughs come aboard.”

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “Residents’ health and well-being is of paramount importance to us and access to green space is a vital part of that. We are already working at a local level to help people make a difference to where they live and have been successful in improving many of the council’s parks, with 13 parks being awarded green flags last year. The plans are exciting because they build on that idea, just on a much larger scale.”

To find out more about the plans visit the London national park city website.