Could London become Britain's unlikeliest national park?

Boris Johnson has been urged to back a plan to turn London into Britain's unlikeliest national park.

Hampstead Heath Credit: PA

The move would see Greater London given the same protected status as rural areas like Dartmoor, Snowdonia and the Lake District.

The Greater London National Park campaign claims London is 'one of the world's most important urban habitats.'

Snowdonia, Wales Credit: PA

Supporters want London to become the first National Park City to protect the capital's biodiversity.

Members of the London Assembly called on the mayor to back the campaign as a way of improving the capital's defences against severe weather.

Hampstead Heath Credit: PA

This initiative could ensure that nature is included in every aspect of London’s urban fabric.

By supporting this vision, we can help galvanise programmes that will make this city a far more pleasant and safe city, better able to cope with heavy downpours and heat waves.

This means a large scale rollout of river restoration, tree planting, urban greening of concrete surfaces and a reversal of paved over front gardens.

– Baroness Jones, London Assembly Green member