Walk Magazine: Walk & Talk… Dan Raven-Ellison


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“The urban explorer and ‘guerilla geographer’ is leading the campaign to make London a national park city.

What is the London National Park City campaign?

The concept is my own ‘invention’, although it’s not a new idea. We have enclosed and protected green spaces for centuries. Urban nature conservation is in the DNA of town and city dwellers, from private gardens to sprawling nature reserves. Britain has already exported the idea of urban nature conservation around the world, so the only contribution I am making is stressing that the whole of London’s urban landscape should be part of the National Park City. That means all the parks, gardens, rivers, industrial sites – a recognition of the collective value of the whole urban landscape.”

Read the whole interview on the Ramblers website.

Lonely Planet: The world’s first ‘National Park City’ is set to be in the UK


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“London is preparing to become the world’s first ‘National Park City’, with thanks to the backing of the Mayor of London, members of the London Assembly and many of the city’s councillors.

“London becoming a National Park City is the perfect way to celebrate everything that has been done to make the capital so green and diverse. It’s also an exciting challenge to make the city even more green, wild and enjoyable,” Dan Raven-Ellison, founder of the London National Park City campaign, told Lonely Planet.”

Read the full article on Lonely Planet. 

BBC Countryfile: Cities


The first ever BBC Countryfile on cities started with a segment on the movement to make London a National Park City. It was wonderful to meet Countryfile presenter Anita Rani on Parkland Walk to chat with her about the campaign.

“Fundamentally this is about improving the health of all Londoners, no matter how wild they are..”

Watch from 01:50 on BBC iPlayer.

National Geographic Explorers Festival – Exploration in Progress


Once a year National Geographic Explorers come together for the annual National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington DC. This year, over 140 explorers came gathered to collaborate and share their work. As ever, this year was truly inspirational.

For the first time ever you can watch the presentations online. The full schedule of all the speakers can be found here.

The “Exploration in Progress” session is a quick-fire update from over 30 explorers. Each explorer is given just 3 minutes to share their current work.

Here’s my short update.

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