Beautiful new map of London – created to celebrate the outdoors

A stunning new map has been published by Urban Good showing London green spaces. The map of the capital shows over 3,000 parks, plus woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, city farms, rivers, canals and all the spaces that contribute to London’s parkland. Some of the most iconic walks through and around London are drawn, such as the London Loop and Capital Ring, along with symbols marking places to swim outdoors, climb hills, pitch a tent or go kayaking.

The map was published on World Habitat Day (2 October) to mark the launch of the National Park City Foundation, a new charity established to help make the London National Park City a success. The folded paper map, from Urban Good, will be available to the public for free next year, with a limited public release this week.

The public can:

  • Sign up to the National Park City newsletter to find out how and when to get their copy.
  • Follow @LondonNPC and @UrbanGoodCIC on twitter for locations of flash giveaways around London this week.
  • Urban Good will post out the first 1,000 free maps, with a small charge to cover postage and handling costs.

The map has been created by Charlie Peel, founder of Urban Good CIC, in collaboration with Ordnance Survey and Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL). Unfolded the map measures 125cm x 95cm, the same as an OS Explorer map, and includes the whole of Greater London and extends beyond the M25. In doing so, it successfully reveals how London is not just a city, but a large and complex landscape too.

The map has been designed using the freely accessible OS Open Greenspace dataset which was launched earlier this year.

Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure, Nick Giles, adds: “At OS we focus on making the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe and the new London National Park City Map is a fantastic way for people to locate and discover greenspaces in the capital. The map is also a great example of OS Open Greenspace being used to deliver real value to the public and helping to encourage an active Great Britain.

“The OS Open Greenspace information is available for the whole of Great Britain. Our popular OS Maps service and app, is a great way to view greenspaces in towns and cities across the country.”

It is hoped that the map will help Londoners explore their local area and further afield, and enjoy London’s great outdoors! Printed on the rear of the map is an entire London National Park City Atlas on one page. There are twenty ideas for exploration and adventure, a London Rivers Atlas, infographics and information on how Londoners can help make the London National Park City a success.

The map’s creator, Charlie Peel, says: “The real power of this map lies in the imagination of every child and adult who sees it: to re-frame their city as a connected and natural landscape. It is a map to inspire going outdoors: especially getting people to try something new – like walking a new part of the city, swimming outdoors, or climbing a hill for a new view. I hold the untested belief that in a day’s walk around London you can see a greater diversity of animals, plants and green spaces than you can anywhere else in the UK. I don’t care to be proved wrong.”

To enable 1,000s more maps to go to schools, Londoners and visitors, Urban Good are seeking funding partners to help cover print costs as well as start building a digital tool for exploring the National Park City.

Charlie added: “300 crowdfunders made this map possible to whom I am indebted, along with the generous support of fellow social enterprise GiGL, and Ordnance Survey: their detailed data sets brought the map to life.”

A little bit about Urban Good

Urban Good CIC was established by Charlie Peel in 2016 as a community interest company with the mission to improve the urban environment and recycle profits into social and environmental causes. Urban Good have fun writing, researching, designing, map-making and generally communicating good ideas. Urban Good strongly believe good urban development increases the capability of citizens to access opportunities. They want the London National Park City to become a reality for all Londoners.

Urban Good provide advice, research and support to architects, planners, developers, local authorities and community projects to inform decision making, and ultimately make material improvements to cities. www.UrbanGood.org

All image credits: Charlie Peel, Urban Good 2017

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