Big Walk Around London

Explorer sets off on month long walk to make London the world’s first National Park City

A National Geographic Explorer is embarking upon a 500km (311 mile) walk across all 32 boroughs and the city of London, in a bid to make London the world’s first ever National Park City.

Daniel Raven-Ellison, from Ealing, who has walked across some of the world’s largest cities, will put on his walking boots once again and set off from Enfield on Friday 23rd June, creating a giant spiral around the city, finally ending his journey in Temple on Wednesday 26th July.

You can follow the walk by connecting with Daniel on Twitter @DanRavenEllison and on #BigWalkAroundLondon.

Daniel will be taking photos and tweeting as he goes, and the best of those will appear on the map below. Simply click on any blue camera .

 

From Hampstead Heath to Crystal Palace Park, Daniel will make his way step by step through hundreds of London’s parks, green commons and leafy streets, and will be joined by elected councillors of London’s boroughs and community project leaders at various points to walk with him along the route.

London can become a National Park City once the Mayor of London and the majority of elected ward teams have declared their support for the move. So far, the Mayor has given his backing as have 238 ward teams across 31 boroughs. The support of just 86 more ward teams is needed.

From foxes to peregrine falcons and 14,000 other species of wildlife, London is arguably the most species rich region of the UK.  It’s also home to four World Heritage Sites, 3,000 parks, 30,000 allotments, three million gardens and 8.3 million trees. According to Greenspace Information for Greater London 49.5% of London is physically green and blue, with the city’s parks, gardens, green roofs, rivers and lakes improving life for millions of Londoners across the capital.

The campaign to make London a National Park City wants to make life healthier and more enjoyable for Londoners, ensuring all Londoners have free and easy access to high-quality green and blue space. It’s aims include to make the majority of the capital physically green, boosting biodiversity, improving the quality of London’s toxic air and connecting 100% of children to nature.

The campaign also wants to celebrate the spirit of London, and breathe more life into a city that has more green space than most cities of its size in the world.

Daniel says: “London is famous as a political, financial and cultural centre. As we approach Brexit, let’s revitalise London’s identity and make it a famous ecological centre too by celebrating our outdoor heritage and incredible nature and environment institutions. Making London a National Park City is an opportunity to make the capital greener, healthier, more active, enjoyable, resilient and prosperous. The great thing is that anyone can be part of it. Just plant something or explore somewhere new and you'll be living it!"

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