Newcastle wants to follow London’s lead to become the UK’s next National Park City.
The Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust, Newcastle City Council and others have launched a campaign for the city to become the UK’s next National Park City and make the city greener, healthier and wilder. They are consulting with the city’s residents on how they, collectively, can make Newcastle a greener and healthier city.
Chief executive of Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust James Cross said: "Becoming a National Park City signals our commitment to make life better for people and nature.
"I want our campaign to be a beacon that inspires communities in Newcastle and the wider region to value, cherish and celebrate our amazing parks, allotments and green spaces. That in doing so we feel happier, healthier and more fulfilled; that the places people care about are more vibrant and beautiful; and that people, nature and the local economy thrive."
Assistant director of transformation at Newcastle City Council Tony Durcan, who was a key player in establishing the parks trust in 2017, said Newcastle’s parks and green spaces play a huge role in making the city vibrant and attractive.
"We are excited to be working alongside the Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust and partners to become the next National Park City, once again reinforcing our ambitious approach for the city’s parks and green spaces.
"Everyone can play a role in helping Newcastle become a National Park City. It’s about communities across the city working together to embrace nature, making Newcastle greener and healthier."
Daniel Raven-Ellison, who started the campaign to make London a National Park City six years ago, and has been working with Cross on the initiative, called the move exciting and "an incredible opportunity".He said he and the National Park City Foundation were both looking forward to working closely with the Newcastle bid in the future.
London mayor Sadiq Khan and others signed the National Park City Charter for London to make London a National Park City last week. The charter pledged commitment to increasing London’s green credentials, protecting parks and green spaces, ensuring wildlife is abundant, and that children can enjoy and learn outdoors, amongst other aims.