Ealing Friends of the Greater London National Park*

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    Live or work in Ealing? Help our campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City by recruiting the support of Ealing Council. 

    Success: Northfields Ward passed a motion to support our call! 

    We are calling on the Mayor of London to investigate the options, benefits, costs, and opportunities creating a Greater London National Park. Across London over 80 organisations, 1400 people and 1 London ward are supporting our call.

    The more individuals and organisations that support the call, the more likely we will succeed. 

    To learn more about the campaign by visiting the main website. In the left column you will see a range of recent news articles from the IndependentThe Ecologist and other sources.

    We want to recruit Ealing Council to support our call. Please help us.

    Things you can do to help include:

    1. Signing the main campaign petition.

    2. Write to your councillor using the letter below to ask for their support. All of your ward councillors may give their support, or they could ask you to share the idea at your ward forum.

    3. Tweet your ward councillors or Ealing’s Council Leader @juliangbell.  

    4. Sharing the campaign with your networks.

    5. Commenting and sharing ideas in this Project’s forum etc.

    This letter can be copied and adapted for sending to your ward councillors and/or Council Leader. 

    Dear        

    London is an inspirational city. Well known for its built and cultural heritage, but it has an incredible natural heritage too.

    London’s invaluable mosaic of gardens, woods, parks and nature reserves covers 47% of the capital. It is these spaces that make London enjoyable, healthy, prosperous and more resilient to climate change, whilst providing homes to over 13,000 species of wildlife.

    A small investment to nurture this natural wealth is known to repay dividends far greater than traditional city investments. Transforming our Capital into shared “capital” for all Londoners.

    I am one of a growing movement of people who would like to see London become a National Park City, a new kind of national park.

    The purpose of a Greater London National Park would be similar to other UK National Parks.

    It would conserve and enhance our natural and cultural heritage, promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of London’s green spaces; and foster the economic and social well being of local communities.

    A Greater London National Park would be a new kind of national park. Working in partnership with all Londoners to inspire, enable and support the creation of a better environment, a better economy and a better quality of life for visitors, residents and workers. Unlike rural national parks, it would not need planning powers to achieve these aims.

    There are six key areas where the Park will make the greatest change. 

    1. Children. Growing up in a National Park City would have a profound influence on our children. It would open up new opportunities for young people to be healthy, spend quality time with family, improve their outdoor education and grow up as creative citizens. 
    2. Health. Actively enjoying quality green space improves our mental health, physical health and well-being. It not only saves money on the health services money, but can also improve productivity in the workplace.
    3. Wealth. The Greater London National Park will put London on the map as the birthplace of a new National Park City movement. It will not only inspire new kinds of business in the capital, but actively work to promote opportunities for recreation and tourism in London’s outer boroughs.
    4. Recreation. London is an incredible, inspirational and accessible landscape to explore. The Greater London National Park would promote the city’s long distance footpaths, 50 canoe clubs and numerous other often forgotten opportunities to enjoy open-air recreation.
    5. Environment. The National Park will create a common vision for the city that all Londoners will understand. Activities will lead to better management of the capital’s green and blue infrastructure and as a result, increased resilience against pollution, flooding, climate change and other risks.
    6. Nature. Londoners share a long history appreciating and protecting wildlife. The Park would both celebrate our achievements in conserving green space and inspire a generation to think creatively about our future relationship with nature.

    I am writing to ask if you will support our call to support our call for the Mayor of London to investigate the options, benefits, costs, and opportunities for making London the world’s first National Park City.

    The Greater London National Park campaign is filling in a map of the wards and councils that are supporting this call. Can we add the support of our area?

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Yours sincerely,

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