Mayor Sadiq Khan backs plan to make London the world’s first urban national park

Sadiq Khan has thrown his weight behind plans for London to become the world’s first urban national park.

The Mayor’s backing came as he launched his draft environment strategy at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney today.

He announced a package of measures to help “make London the greenest city in the world”.

It includes new planning regulations to give further protection to green open space and incorporate “green roofs” into new developments. 

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He also unveiled a £9 million Greener City Fund for London to help create new green spaces and improve existing ones.

The Mayor plans to launch a formal bid for National Park City status for London at an international parks summit in spring 2019. 

Mr Khan said: “London is home to outstanding green spaces that I want to protect, invest in and improve.”

Campaigner Daniel Raven Ellison, who first promoted the idea of London becoming a national park, said: “Making London a National Park City is an opportunity to improve the health of all Londoners.”

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