The East London Garden Society

What if London was a National Park City

It’s a fascinating concept and a wonderful notion to make London a National Park since it would have a revered status which should not be diminished in any way. Who knows what the knock‐on effect would be if rules and laws were re-written to afford London to be a National Park.

Presently the rules, laws and guidelines for National Parks are rigorous, therefore making London ineligible to be a National Park, so who is going to re‐write the rules? The positive aspect of making London a wonderful place for nature is excellent and one which should be supported but to have an organisation in control of London’s urban landscape fills one with horror. An organisation making its own rules, to make known a policy which best suits London.

There are many communities, including local authorities, presently overseeing their cherished parks and gardens so to be told what is in their best interest will take a lot of convincing. At this moment in time there is no statutory obligation for local authorities to maintain parks and gardens so maybe there is a void to be filled.

Although it would be a good idea to manage the nature environment of London but does this include repealing The Metropolitan Commons Act, will The National Trust land be exempt, will The City of London be exempt, and will The Crown Estate be exempt. Also, would estates, some of which could be considered parks, become part of the National Park City.

There are many questions which in time may be overcome, but to have an idea become law and implemented without fair scrutiny, is wrong. To say yes to London becoming a National Park City would mean a small group of people write the rules in which we all have to abide, especially those presently concerned such as Friends Groups and this would lead to friction. Also, why name London a National Park when it would diminish the status of our much beloved National Parks UK wide.