London mayor Boris Johnson backs tranquil landscapes

London mayor Boris Johnson has called for greener urban landscapes as a way to achieve tranquillity within cities.

Speaking at the Tranquil Spaces conference on Friday (9 October) at London Zoo, Boris Johnson said he was determined to promote the ability of trees and green spaces to improve residents' lives.

"London is the greatest garden city in the world," said Boris Johnson. "More than half the area of the city is either green or blue and my job is to support initiatives that help bring the tranquillity of the garden to the many millions who are not lucky enough to have one."

The Tranquil Spaces conference — organised by the Greater London Authority — was a chance for landscape architects, designers and planners to hear latest research on how noise and visual elements combine to create more tranquil spaces.

Natural England board member Pam Warhurst added: "Evidence helps us communicate to the people with power the need to truly invest in tranquillity through our landscapes, whether they are our finished landscapes, local parks or blue spaces."

Researchers from the University of Bradford, University of Salford and University of Warwick also spoke at the event.

For more on Tranquil Spaces see Horticulture Week magazine 16 October.


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