Around the world there are a few urban national parks inside and beside cities. The London National Park City will be the first to include an entire city.

This timeline shares where we have come from and what is happening next.

August 2019

Launch year

The London National Park City launch year begins. Everyone is invited to get involved.

Mini Opening Ceremonies

22 July 2019

The London National Park City launches on July 22nd.


July 2019

The London National Park City Festival runs from 20-28 July 2019 and will mark London becoming a National Park City and celebrate London’s amazing outdoors. Working with the Mayor of London, it will be a celebration of London's outdoor spaces involving a broad range of activities, from culture and health and fitness to wildlife and the environment. With a mix of key and community evenets, organisations and businesses are encouraged to get involved.

National Park City Festival

March 2019

Our successful crowdfunding campaign to create, publish and distribute National Park City Maker, a newspaper-sized guide to making London life greener, healthier, wilder and better in so many ways. National Park City Maker will provide the inspiration and advice needed to start transforming the city we know and love.

July 2018

Organised by the Mayor of London, nearly 300 events will take place across the capital for the National Park City Week.

Countdown to London being first ever National Park City in summer 2019 starts now with inaugural National Park City Fair

March 2018

It is announced London will become a National Park City in 2019 following confirmation that the majority of the city’s locally elected politicians and the Mayor of London had declared their support.

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Campaigners work hard to secure support from politicians across the capital by writing emails, organising events and giving talks. Regular open meetings are held in central London to help maintain and grow momentum. By the end of the year more than 1,000 local politicians from each of the main political parties have given their support.


All of the leading candidates to become Mayor of London announce their support for London to become a National Park City. More than 1,000 people attend “Let’s make London a National Park City” at Southbank Centre.


Over 600 people attend a major event at Southbank Centre and are invited to ask “What if we made London a National Park City?” A consultation follows, and an independent poll reveals 9 in 10 Londoners support the idea of a London National Park City. 347 individuals and organisations then contribute towards a crowdfunded and collaboratively written proposal for the “Greater London National Park City”. A further consultation follows. The National Park City movement grows, with people across the capital asking their local politicians to back the proposal.


The campaign to make London a National Park City begins with a simple co-created website acting as a guide to the Greater London National Park* - “*Officially only a notional park”. The Royal Borough of Kingston is the first council to properly support the idea, followed shortly afterwards by Ealing and Sutton.


Daniel Raven-Ellison asks “what if we made London a National Park City?” after wondering why an urban landscape is not included within the family of national parks.


The All London Green Grid is published to protect, conserve and enhance London’s network of green and open natural and cultural spaces.


The South Downs is confirmed as Britain’s newest National Park.


A Biodiversity Strategy for London is developed by the Greater London Authority.


Royal National City Park, the world’s first national urban park, is created inside Stockholm.


Broads Authority gains equivalent national park status by a special Act of Parliament


National Heritage Areas start to be designated in the US by Congress.


London Wildlife Trust formed.


Council for National Parks (CNP), now called the Campaign for National Parks, is formed.


Colne Valley Regional Park established.


Singapore’s Garden City journey begins.


Tijuca Forest National Park, a large urban forest, in Rio de Janeiro is formed.


Brecon Beacons confirmed as a National Park


Northumberland confirmed as a National Park


Green Belt started to be identified


Yorkshire Dales and Exmoor confirmed as National Parks


Pembrokeshire Coast and North York Moors confirmed as National Parks


The Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor confirmed as National Parks


The Peak District is designated as the UK’s first National Park


NHS is founded.


Town & Country Planning Act starts to control development


Mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the Peak District


UK Government inquiry recommends the creation of a national park authority


Parks Canada becomes the world's first national service dedicated to protecting and presenting natural and historical treasures


The Selborne Society establishes Perivale Woods nature reserve in Ealing, London


National Trust founded


The Society for the Protection of Birds (SPB), founded by Emily Williamson at her home in Manchester in 1889. The group quickly gained popularity and in 1891 it merged with the Fur, Fin and Feather Folk, to form a larger and stronger SPB, based in London.


Australia's Royal National Park was the world's third official national park


The Corporation of London acquired legal power to bring other land into its ownership for the benefit of Londoners


The first area to use "national park" in its creation legislation was the US's Mackinac Island


Yellowstone National Park founded (but not called a national park at that point)


Commons Preservation Society (now Open Spaces Society) founded


Campaigns begin that lead to the protection of Wimbledon Common, Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath.


RSPCA is founded


London’s oldest living London Planes planted


King Alfred the Great ordered the draining of Walthamstow Marshes in east London


About this time, nobody knows when, the Totteridge Yew (London’s oldest living tree) starts growing.


The Romans found Londinium.

120,000 years ago

Hippos and lions are hanging out where Trafalgar Square is today.
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