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London becomes National Park City to make the capital 'cleaner and greener'

London has officially become the world's first National Park City.

Sadiq Khan signed the charter to confirm the capital's new status this morning.

The idea is to encourage people to use the open spaces like parks and waterways more.

Hundreds of free events have been organised this week to get Londoners out in the open air.

Daniel Raven-Ellison, who started the campaign to make London a National Park City six years ago, said:

It's about lifting our ambitions; going further to make the city greener, healthier and wilder; improving our mental health; cleaning our air; making the city richer in wildlife; freeing children to play and meet friends outdoors again; tackling the climate crisis and bringing more joy to the city.

Everybody can benefit and contribute everyday by starting to think of the place they live as part of the National Park City and doing simple things like making a balcony or garden better for nature, walking more or going kayaking on the Thames.

– Daniel Raven-Ellison