Welcome to the National Park City movement

Over the past 10 years we have come together as communities in London and across the world to activate our quest to become National Park Cities – sharing curiosity, building relationships, exploring ideas and taking action together.

With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas, the eyes of the world are on cities. National Park Cities are a way to rethink cities, their futures and how we inhabit them. They will improve the health of their citizens and play their part in stabilising our common climate, and restoring the natural world. Our aim is for there to be at least 25 National Park Cities by 2025.

London became the first National Park City in 2019, with Adelaide joining them in 2021. This is just the beginning, with over 30 cities around the world underatking their own journey.

London, England

After five years of campaigning London became the world’s first National Park City in July 2019 with a launch summit at City Hall and a Festival across London. The London National Park City has been supported by thousands of Londoners, the majority of the city’s 2,000 local politicians and the Mayor of London.

Read more about the London National Park City on nationalparkcity.london

Adelaide, Australia

The international National Park City Foundation awarded Adelaide National Park City status in 2021. This made Adelaide the first city in Australia and second in the world to receive the honour. Adelaide becoming a National Park City is the beginning of a journey to improve city life through everyday actions to enjoy connecting with nature and each other.

Find out about their journey at adelaidenationalparkcity.org

The National Park City Charter

Our Universal Charter for National Park Cities sets out the purpose, vision, spirit and goals of the National Park City movement. It was co-created by people from 50 countries around the world.

Our vision is to make cities where people, places and nature are better connected. Let’s make National Park Cities that are rich with nature and where everyone benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors. Cities where we all enjoy high quality public and green spaces, where the air is clean to breathe and it’s a pleasure to swim in their waters. Together we can make cities greener, healthier, fairer and more harmonious places to live. Why not?

A National Park City is a shared vision and journey for a better life. Everyone in a National Park City is able to benefit and contribute everyday. It is a large-scale and long-term vision that is achievable through many actions. Much is already happening but by working, learning, sharing and acting together, across communities and governments, we can achieve even more.

Our charter states that we are working together for better:

LIVES, HEALTH AND WELLBEING RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATURE & WITH EACH OTHER WILDLIFE, TREES AND FLOWERS PLACES, HABITATS, AIR, WATER, SEA AND LAND LOCALLY GROWN FOOD AND RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION DECISIONS, SHARING, LEARNING AND WORKING TOGETHER TIME OUTDOORS, CULTURE, ART, PLAYING, WALKING, CYCLING & EATING

Sign our Universal Charter

Our Partners

Why become an National Park City?

For your urban area benefits of becoming a National Park City include:

  • creating a shared identity, purpose and way of organising
  • inspiring people with a vision influenced by our National Park City aims and values
  • adding a new layer of possibility, ambition and ideas
  • disrupting harmful structures, systems and activities
  • nurturing a way of thinking that is local, large scale, long term and holistic
  • using shared National Park City vocabulary that helps to create common understanding between people with different interests and backgrounds.

Benefits for your team include:

  • sharing learning, practices, ideas and resources with people in other urban areas
  • joining collaborative campaigns and projects
  • growing your personal and professional network of friends and colleagues
  • influencing the National Park City movement.

The NPC Commitments

All National Park Cities need to agree to our shared commitments as part of their journey.

  1. To be inspired and guided by the Universal Charter of National Park Cities, to contribute to its future development and uphold the spirit and values of the movement.

  2. To act as a member of the National Park City Family, sharing learning, practices, ideas and resources with people in other National Park Cities.

  3. To join in with joint National Park City campaigns and projects, where appropriate.

  4. To support emerging and established National Park Cities in their journeys.

  5. To share annual updates and experiences on your progress with the public and members of the National Park City Family.

The National Park City Journey

Do you want to transform your city into a National Park City? Want your urban area to join the National Park City Family? Our journey book outlines the step you need to take.

Start with the National Park City Journey Book which sets out:

  • 10 steps and 23 criteria for making your city a National Park City
  • how to develop a creative “application portfolio” of evidence for the public and our assessors
  • benefits of joining the National Park City Family


Learn about the 10 Steps on the National Park City Journey

Some of the organisations we're working with...