London National Park City will launch during a special National Park City season 1st May 2019 and running through into August 2019. The season will include the first ever National Park City Festival at the end of July, with lots of events and celebrations across the whole of London. Alongside this will be the National Park City Summit to encourage cities from around the world to follow London’s ambition to be green cities, vibrant with nature and people enjoying the great outdoors.

We invite Londoners to celebrate the countdown to the National Park City Launch by becoming National Park City Makers turning London National Park City into a reality. You will be able to join in our new Make Life in London Better campaign, more details of which will be shared early in the new year and help crowd-fund our brand new beautiful newspaper, The National Park City Maker, which will celebrate and share the launch of London as a National Park City with all Londoners.

The Countdown Has Begun

The countdown to London becoming a National Park City in July 2019 has begun so we’re challenging Londoners to get outdoors, discover our great city in new ways, and to find ways to make it better for everyone?

We encourage you to get together to organise projects and events during the 2019 launch season. Ideas include making streets as green and colourful as possible, creating new hedgehog, bee and pollinator highways and setting up local adventure clubs for example to go kayaking on the Thames or discovering some of the city’s peaks. Schools are encouraged to spend more time learning and creating art outdoors.

We’ll be announcing more details on this page over coming months. In the meantime:

  • Take a look at our calendar of ideas below to see ways in which you can help each month leading up to our launch.
  • Plan your own longer running project to celebrate the launch during the Launch Season or an event during the National Park City Festival.
  • Find out how you can get more involved and see if your group, organisation or business could join the Network
  • Sign-up for updates

The National Park City Launch Season

From the 1st May through into August 2019.

The National Park City Festival

Will happen at the end of July.

Things to do before London becomes a National Park City in summer 2019

July: Go to a National Park City Week event.

August: Enjoy the city’s waterways by trying canal kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding on the Thames or find your local outdoor lido.

September: Go out to play… play a game you’ve not played before or games you used to play. Try ultimate frisbee, three-sided football or have a game of hide and seek..

October: Explore sections of the Capital Ring, London Loop, Thames Footpath or our London spiral walk – all great ways to discover the great outdoors on marked routes.

November: Tree planting and hedge laying. Hunt out some conkers or simply enjoy running through fallen leaves. Leave ivy for the bees.

December: London’s wildlife needs extra support through the coldest part of the year. Make a garden feeder or bug hotel, and put out fresh water to help keep birds and other wildlife fed and hydrated. Think about bees - plant flowering shrubs like Mahonia.

January:  Marvel at the transformative power of ice with an early morning stroll or a chilly dip in one of the Capital’s outdoor swimming pools and lakes. Join in our new crowd-funder to create and distribute a new newspaper to celebrate and share the launch of the London National Park City with all Londoners. Join our Make Life in London Better campaign and share your ideas and actions to make life greener, healthier and wilder.

February: Join or set up a group to make where you live as green, wild and playable as possible.

March: Enjoy the view on the top of one of London’s peaks and imagine what it looked like before the tall towers and other buildings appeared.

April: Turn part of a balcony, garden or rooftop into a mini nature reserve. Imagine if 9 million Londoners did this!

May: Join the season countdown to the formal confirmation in summer 2019 of London as the world’s first National Park City as the Launch Season begins. 

June: Go to an outdoor festival, fete, fair, concert, theatre or carnival.

July: Get to know your community better with a London National Park City inspired street party or other kind of outdoor party, BBQ or celebration of London becoming a National Park City. Join in and attend the events, small and large, with the first London National Park City Festival!


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