Campaigners say the move will improve Londoners health, quality of life, prosperity and environment. MP Zac Goldsmith supports the proposal, as do architect Sir Terry Farrell and comedian-turned-conservationist Bill Oddie.
Plans to create the Greater London National Park City have been a year in the making, and organisers have reached the point where they need to spread the word. The Crowdfunder campaign, which launches on May 13, aims to fund a broadsheet newspaper-style proposal to distribute to 100,000 Londoners and recruit the support of the Mayor of London, local councils and communities across the capital.
The proposal will be filled with specially commissioned maps and photos highlighting London's wildlife, landscape and natural heritage, mapping of the capital's parklands and major footpaths and outlines of great projects that are already happening.
Organisations and people who donate to the cause could have their name engraved in a founders’ stone that will be located in a public place in the capital if the campaign is successful.
Geographer and explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison, the brains behind the idea, said: "People protect what they value. Making London a National Park City is a celebration of the capital’s remarkable natural heritage - but it’s also one vision to inspire a million projects that will improve the quality of our lives and the city itself.
"As we welcome more people into our increasingly dense city, we need to make our parks and other shared spaces even better. Using them improves our health, happiness, wellbeing and productivity. Making London a National Park City will be a great way to achieve this."