Laura Sharman 22 July 2019

London becomes world's first capital to achieve National Park City status

London has become the first capital city in the world to be named as a National Park City.

The declaration, made by the National Park City Foundation, recognises the capital’s open spaces, waterways and natural environment.

Today, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan will co-sign the London National Park City Charter. This sets out a commitment to ensure the city is greener in the long-term than it is today, is rich with wildlife, and protects its core network of parks and green spaces.

Mr Khan, said: 'I am proud to have helped London, one of the greenest world cities, be recognised as the world’s first National Park City. This status is a truly fantastic reflection of our vibrant and dynamic city and our amazing network of green spaces, rivers and natural habitats.

'We must do all we can to help tackle the global climate emergency and ecological crisis and address the decline in biodiversity. That is why I’ve delivered 200 green space improvements, planted over 170,000 trees, protected the greenbelt and ensured greening in all new developments.'

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