Coulsdon West supports London becoming the first National Park City
07/02/2016 13:30:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Coulsdon West's Councillors recently agreed to endorse a campaign to make London the world's first National Park City. To date we're joining Croham, Purley, Sanderstead in Croydon who have already declared their support.
The website explains why we should all sign up to this: 'In the UK, we have 15 unique and inspiring National Parks. These are beautiful and protected areas that include mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods and wetlands, as well as towns and villages. From the meres, tarns and fells of the Lake District, to the tranquility and unpolluted skies of Northumberland, each is valuable and distinctive.
UK National Parks are home to more than 400,000 people and host over 80 million visitors each year. They are extraordinarily important resources, managed for relatively low cost. In 2012 England’s National Parks contributed as much to the economy as the UK aerospace sector. Each year they cost each of us just 80p.
The National Park Authorities ensure that our National Parks are valued, enjoyed and protected by working partner organisations, residents and visitors. In England and Wales the Authorities act to:
- Conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
- Promote the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public
When carrying out these purposes, National Park Authorities also have a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities.
More than 80% of the UK’s population live in towns and cities. These urban areas now cover 7% of the UK and 10% of England. Think of urban landscapes and what comes to mind are industrial sites, houses, roads and rail lines. But in reality it is a richly woven tapestry of greens and blues made up of gardens, rivers, parks, woodland, nature reserves, canals, meadows, woodland, allotments, streams and lakes.
Together with our buildings, these green and blue parts of our cities can be made more valuable, wild and diverse than large parts of our countryside. They can be just as outstanding for their outdoor recreation opportunities and are certainly more accessible.
So, why not apply National Park principles to a major city – such as London?'