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Parklife app aims to become 'green TripAdvisor'

A website that allows Londoners to search for parks in their area hopes to become a 'green TripAdvisor' for the capital.

The Parklife London app, developed by the City of London's charity the City Bridge Trust, allows individual users and community organisations to add to its database and upload information about local events and projects.

Creators hope it will become self-sustaining if enough people contribute to the project.

I really hope that Londoners will put this tool to good use and share their hidden gems with others.

Covering 32 boroughs across London, Parklife London has the potential to become our capital's Green Trip Adviser.'

– David Farnsworth, Chief Grants Officer of City Bridge Trust

Parks map of London expanded across the capital

An free app that allows to search for parks near you has now been expanded across the capital.

'Parklife London' originally covered 12 inner city boroughs, but now covers 20. Its database contains 2,300 parks.

The app has been expanded across 20 boroughs

The app allows you to search for nearby parks, playgrounds or green spaces using a postcode or address.

It was created as part of the Growing Localities’ programme from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust.

Parklife gives you information on parks near you

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Mayor's impact on London's open spaces examined

The impact of Mayor Boris Johnson's planning policies on London's open spaces will be put under the spotlight by the London Assembly Planning Committee at a meeting later on today.

It will consider whether the Mayor's plans for developing the capital are doing enough to meet the planning demands of a growing population, without putting the capital's green spaces at risk.

300 London parks flying 'green Flag Award'

London has the highest number of award-winning parks in the country.

More than 300 sites will be flying the Green Flag Award this year, which is how the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy reflects quality green spaces.

Ealing led the way with seven new sites. Luke Hanrahan reports.

London parks receive Green Flag award

Richmond Park, one of London's Green Flag public spaces Credit: Natural England

Over three hundred London parks have been awarded the "Green Flag" award today by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The award celebrates quality public spaces, judged on criteria including cleanliness, sustainability and conservation.

Ealing has secured the most new sites meeting the standard of any borough in the UK, with seven new sites flying the flag this year.

£5 million investment for London parks

West Hackney Recreation Ground is on the site of a former burial ground. Credit: Barker Langham

Four parks across the capital are celebrating today thanks to a funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

The cash will help local authorities regenerate some of London’s most dilapidated but popular inner city open spaces: West Hackney Recreation Ground (£690,700), Alexandra Road Park in Camden (£1.5m), Eastcote House Gardens in Hillingdon (£1.3m) and Langton Gardens in Hornchurch (£1.9m).

The awards have been made under the Parks for People programme using Lottery funds to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks - aiming to improve the local environment and put parks back at the heart of community life.

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Kelly Holmes: Live site will "make" London 2012

Olympic champion Kelly Holmes says a free festival of music and sports being held at parks across the capital will "make" the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Londoners will be able to watch sporting events and concerts hosted throughout the event.

Big screens will go up at Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Potters Fields, Woolwich and Waltham Forest.

The double-gold medallist said it will unleash huge excitement and connect Londoners as they cheer on competing athletes.