Hampstead Town became the first ward whose councillors backed the Greater London National Park City initiative, which aims to treat London’s green spaces as if they were part of a national park.
The initiative is completely funded by private enterprise and the Government isn’t being asked to actually designate it a national park. Instead, it aims to ensure 100% of Londoners have access to high-quality green spaces, raise importance of green spaces in politics and planning rules, improve water and air quality year on year, inspire more green homes, and promote London as an environmentally-sustainable city.
Obviously, Hampstead has a bigger reason than most to back the initiative – literally half of the ward is Hampstead Heath! – but there are green spaces everywhere in Camden. Whether it’s West End Green or Kilburn Grange Park, Primrose Hill or Coram’s Fields, all our green spaces are invaluable.
You can see a map of London with the wards that have backed the initiative in green – including lots of Conservative wards. I’m delighted that Hampstead Town is the first in Camden to back it, but I hope it’s not the last. I look forward to more following our lead and keeping our borough’s green spaces safe for generations to come.