London wants to become the world’s first National Park City. The community’s goal is to have half of the city offer green space to residents by 2050, so officials are asking all residents to turn their grey patches into green spaces.
The city presented several ideas to property owners as a way to encourage the growth of natural settings. Residents could replace garden decking with grass or lift the paving in their driveway.
London is also asking residents to drill holes in fences to allow hedgehogs room to roam without restriction.
Millions have been given to City Hall to create new woodlands and encourage community tree planting with this effort. It is a celebration and recognition of the unique biodiversity that are only found in London.
Why Is There a Push for Green Spaces in London?
Natural spaces can reduce the risk of obesity, improve mental health, and prevent premature death. London regularly exceeds the legal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the city, so add green spaces helps to win the battle against toxic air pollution.
Almost 15,000 unique animal species other than hedgehogs live in London, including eight species of bats. The city already has nearly as many trees as people, and natural habitats are found in the canals, rivers, and reservoirs.
Reducing pollution levels helps humans, but it also supports a healthier biome for all.
London already offers 47% green or blue coverage, making it one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world. New York City is only 27% green in comparison, while Paris achieves a rating of only 10%.
If this new initiative to remove grey patches is successful, then London may very well become the world’s first National Park City.