About

National Park City Foundation

Having successfully campaigned to make London a National Park City, the National Park City Foundation (Greater London National Park City Foundation) is a registered charity (charity no. 1173267) established to bring the idea of National Park Cities to life both in London and internationally.

The National Park City Foundation is:

  • Providing leadership
  • Coordinating and developing the vision
  • Galvanising a London National Park City movement
  • Growing a partnership
  • Leading inspiring campaigns
  • Supporting activities that contribute towards National Park City aims
  • Fundraising
  • Advising other groups and cities inspired by the model

There are currently more than 230 groups and organisations in our growing London network. You can join them by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Annual Reports

Our Team

Our team and the journeys we’ve made that make us passionate about making the World’s first National Park City.

Trustees

To aid our growth and evolution we are currently seeking to appoint up to six new Trustees to join our existing Board, by May 2019. For details, please see our Trustee Pack.

The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) is a charity, with current trustees:

Alison Barnes is Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park and joined the Authority in June 2010 from Natural England, where she was Regional Director for London, leading engagement with large regeneration programmes such as for the Olympics, as well as taking organisational lead on landscape and green infrastructure.

Earlier in her career Alison led on local biodiversity policy within Defra and was Head of Advocacy for English Nature, using her expertise on the natural environment in both roles to advise on engaging with local and regional programmes to secure delivery. At English Nature she was responsible for policy engagement across Parliament, Whitehall and Europe, including supporting the passage of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

Alice Roberts is currently Head of Green Space Campaigns at CPRE London. She spent many years at the Local Government Association campaigning on behalf of England’s £5 billion local government environment sector and has also held roles at Defra and delivering Lottery funding. Before that she completed an internship in the EU’s trade directorate and more recently spent two years with the Campaign for Better Transport.

Ben Smith is Director for Energy and Climate Change Consulting with the global engineering firm Arup. He leads the firm’s work with C40 Cities and 100 Resilient Cities. Ben was previously Director for Sustainable Development at AECOM. A Chartered Environmentalist he is an environmental consultant with 17 years’ experience, gained on projects in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia. Ben has specialised in sustainable development, energy strategy, climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and urban resilience.

Beth Collier MA MBACP is a Nature-based Psychotherapist, anthropologist and bushcraft practitioner. For Beth, nature is intrinsic to our emotional wellbeing. She is founder and Director of Wild in the City, working to make nature a meaningful part of everyday life by reintroducing traditional ways of seeing and engaging with nature. She has developed innovative programmes including a Natural Health Service, Outdoor Office™ and Nature Connectors which supports engagement of people from ethnic minorities. Beth provides professional training on the therapeutic use of nature for psychotherapists and outdoor professionals through the Nature Therapy School. She has more than fifteen years research experience in the fields of human rights and psychological health. Her research interests include ethnopsychology exploring cultural attitudes towards nature and the role nature plays in our daily lives and in theorising our relationship with nature from a psychotherapeutic Perspective.

Julian Tollast is Head of Master Planning and Design at Quintain with more than 30 years’ experience, including 17 at Farrells, working on significant and varied development projects has given Julian a great breadth and depth of understanding. Leading projects from both the client and consultant side provides him with the ability to rapidly explore and realise the potential of any opportunity and at any scale, “from District to Doorknob”. Julian’s skills in advocacy and communication built consensus to help secure planning approvals for two of London’s most significant developments and many other projects around the UK. His design and development experience coupled with skills in project leadership, management and construction enable him to help create and deliver added value across the Economic, Social and Environmental spectrum; further enhancing the reputation of the projects, companies and organisations he is associated with.

Paul de Zylva (Chair) has devised and led action to protect and improve London’s environment including protecting south London’s open spaces from major road schemes and leading the campaign to save London’s top wildlife haven at Rainham Marshes from being turned into a drive-through service station. Most recently, Paul devised the successful Defend Nature campaign to counter threats to the laws protecting the most precious wild species and habitats in the UK and Europe. Paul also designed and led the award-winning Bee Cause campaign for Friends of the Earth. By catalysing action to reverse the decline of Britain’s 260+ species of bees and other vital pollinators Paul convened a new consensus for action across public, private, scientific and landowning sectors, persuading the UK Government to agree to draw up a National Pollinator Strategy. As a result, similar pollinator action plans have been adopted in Wales, Scotland and All-Ireland. Paul has served all three Mayors of London (Livingstone, Johnson, Khan) as a founding member of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) advising on how to make London a world class sustainable city. Paul chaired the LSDC in the transition from the Livingstone to Johnson Mayoralty and advised on making sustainability central to London’s winning bid to stage the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Tim Webb is an award winning news editor and former broadcast journalist with ITN and commercial radio stations. He has worked with the BBC, DEFRA, news agencies and regeneration specialists. Tim established and managed the UK’s first all-digital radio newsroom for Talk Radio UK and was coordinator for both the London Environmental Educators’ Forum and of London Sustainability Weeks, transforming it into Love London Week. With expertise in sustainability, food and farming, Tim moved from frontline journalism to conservation and community engagement; working with London Wildlife Trust and subsequently the RSPB [Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] in communications and project management.

Angela McDermott

David Cope

Eilish Kavanagh

Emily Brennan

Emily Hamilton

Volunteers

Daniel Raven-Ellison - Campaigner. A self confessed guerrilla geographer, Dan is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer whose work focuses on combining creative exploration, geography and communication to tackle social and environmental challenges. Dan has walked across all of the UK’s national parks and cities, wearing a mood-reading device to create a map depicting calm and inspiring or scary and intimidating places. In two walks across and around the Capital, Dan found no children playing on their own in the parks and woods, and points out that inmates in our prisons are obliged to spend more time outdoors than our primary school aged children do playing and exploring in open public spaces. Dan has climbed the equivalent height of Everest using stairs in London buildings, authored children’s books and completed 125 adventures around the country with his son. He is regularly found delivering talks and keynote speeches on adventure, exploration, play, education, conservation, technology and cities. Declaring London a National Park City is his vision.

Steve Pocock - Community Campaign Coordinator.  Steve has worked most of his career in innovative technology startups surfing several waves as product manager, CTO, and COO. Steve's latest venture is Revolution Consultancy & Design. Its Forward Movement Platform, a technology platform to help people notice and explore their surroundings can be seen in action in TreeTalk a joint project with Paul Wood (TheStreetTree) and CPRE London's #GoParksLondon. Steve's expertise in the complex space between teams, individuals, ideas, and technology came from building complex "big data" music, information, entertainment solutions in the US and the UK for Silicon Valley firms and high street names including Vodafone, Sony, Samsung and Sky. He is now applying this experience to his first love: the environment and natural world, working to give it a fighting chance. Now Steve can be found coordinating our amazing volunteers, exploring London's wilder corners and running projects such as Make Life Better, bringing #WildflowersForLondoners, Homes for #WildLondoners, and launching the first National Park City Fair, Network Forum and Gathering*. Steve is a trustee of Culitvate London, an innovative urban farm and social enterprise based across multiple derelict sites in West London.

Our international partners

World Urban Parks Salzburg GlobalSeminar

Our Advisory Board

Alison Archer * Andrew Denton (Outdoor Industries Association) * Andrew Firman (Carter Lemon Camerons LLP) * Professor Carolyn Roberts (Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment at Gresham College)* Cath Prisk (Outdoor People) * Professor Catherine Nash (School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London) * Chamu Kuppuswamy * Chris Parker (Geovation) * Dave Morris (London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network) * Professor David Goode (UCL, CIEEM, IUCN) * Duncan Tuft (Carter Lemon Camerons LLP) * Professor Edward Truch (Director of the National Park Research Centre) *  Heather Ring (Wayward) * Helen Jackson (South Downs National Park Authority) * Professor Dame Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) *  Jess Kennedy (ARUP) *  Professor Kate Jones (UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research) * Katy Hogarth (Moo Canoes) *  Martin Crabbe (London Sustainable Schools Forum) *  Mark Chaudoir (Director) *  Max Farrell (Farrells) *  Rob Gray (FORCE) * Sam Parry (Hackney Council) * Sarah Temple (London College of Communication) *  Dr Stephen Head (Wildlife Gardening Forum) *  Stuart Brooks (National Trust for Scotland and IUCN UK Committee) * Sue Harrington * Tom Lindsay (100 Resilient Cities) * Tracy Firmin (Langdon Park School) *

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