The world is becoming rapidly more urbanised with nearly 70% of the world’s population expected to live in urban centres by 2050. While cities offer great opportunities, they present significant problems too. Pollution, mental health issues, badly designed areas of housing, natural hazards and species decline are just a few challenges that can be overcome through a better relationship with nature.
The London National Park City is a large-scale and long-term challenge to improve our connection with nature and the outdoors through many small and achievable actions. A place, a vision and a movement, the London National Park City is working with residents, visitors and partners to encourage people to:
Following a five-year grassroots campaign, the London National Park City has been supported by the majority of the city's 2,000 locally elected politicians and the Mayor of London. In Spring 2019, London officially become a National Park City, being the first national park to include an entire city. In July 2019, The London National Park City Festival ran, marking London becoming a National Park City, celebrating London's outdoor spaces. To find out more about the event, click here!
The SHM Foundation is supporting and catalysing the London National Park City's work to grow capacity, implement programmes and build international consensus around a Universal Charter of National Park Cities.