Report emphasises importance of parks and green spaces for Londoners

View of great lawn at Burgess Park, Southwark. © LDA Design

The London Assembly has published its report on London Parks, Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners. It makes a number of recommendations including:

  • In the forthcoming Environment Strategy, the Mayor should:
    • clarify his plans to increase London’s green space in terms of quality, multi-functionality and accessibility
    • set out a specific action plan to improve green space data collection to help target investment which improves access to, and quality of, green spaces.
  • The Greater London Authority should examine the feasibility of setting up a single, citywide website to provide key information on all London’s green spaces, including ways to get involved and a crowdfunding function.
  • Team London – the Mayor’s volunteering programme – should assist green space managers in recruitment, retention and satisfaction of volunteers, including assistance for fundraising, diversifying the membership base and connecting with target groups.
  • The Mayor should appoint a Green Infrastructure Commissioner or Champion.

In her introduction to the report, Leonie Cooper, chair of the London Assembly’s environment committee, writes:

‘From the Lea Valley in the north east to the Wandle Valley in the south west, from the Olympic Park in Stratford, our most recently created large open space, to Richmond Park, originally created by Charles I in the seventeenth century to allow him to hunt deer, London is blessed with a wide range of open spaces. As well as these large park and green spaces there are also much-loved pocket parks scattered across London. Nearly all of these green spaces are well-used and much-loved. However the level of recognition of the role they play in people’s lives and the improvements they offer in terms of health and wellbeing is low – as is the level of funding available for the upkeep of these green spaces, to maintain them as the jewels they are.’

Read the report here.

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