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#GoParksLondon 2019 challenge is launched!

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:54

Competition urges Londoners to uncover the life and diversity of London’s 3,000 parks.  Last year’s award-winning #GoParksLondon [1] campaign is back and will run 12 to 28 July. We’re challenging Londoners to get out and explore London’s less well-known parks and find out about the huge array of delights on offer, with the chance to win a prize for those who post photos of their favourites.
London’s 3,000 parks are as diverse as the city itself. During Love Parks Week [2] and the National Park City Festival [3], this year’s #GoParksLondon challenge will celebrate the life and soul of London’s parks and the hundreds of park Friends Groups who help to make them really special.
To inspire contributions #GoParksLondon will announce via social media [4] its favourite parks for a range of features and activities like Park Runs, views, wildflower meadows, BMXing, lake swimming, wildlife trails, community gardening, skateboarding, exercise classes, gardening, bird watching or just a great day out. The campaign highlights more than 100 parks across London [5].
Alice Roberts from the GoParksLondon campaign said: “For the chance to win an eco-friendly Waikiki Bottle [6] or a London National Park City Map [7], we will be asking Londoners to post a photo of their favourite local park using the tag #GoParksLondon and tell us a bit about why they love it. We’ll be giving away two Waikiki Bottles and four London National Park City Maps over the course of the two weeks” [8].
#GoParksLondon is a campaign demonstrating the value and multiplicity of London’s parks, promoting the less-visited ones, raising the profile of the work of the hundreds of park friends groups and their thousands of volunteers across London, and helping to build the friends group movement.
[1] #GoParksLondon is a collaboration between CPRE London, the regional branch of the national environmental charity, Campaign to Protect Rural England and the London Friends of Greenspaces Network. This network brings together 600+ friends and user groups that protect, promote, improve and enhance London’s green open spaces. 
#GoParksLondon featured as the ‘Best UK charity digital campaign of the year’ in Sept 2018 
[2] Love Parks Week, 12-21 July 2019, is Keep Britain Tidy’s annual celebration of the UK’s best green spaces. Keep Britain Tidy is also behind the Green Flag Award, the international standard for green spaces, and People’s Choice vote.
[3] The National Park City Festival 2019 runs 20-28 July and is organised by the Mayor of London in partnership with the National Park City Foundation. It brings together hundreds of free events to promote London’s green spaces, wildlife habitats and waterways. London National Park City (LNPC) is the movement to improve life in London by making London greener, healthier and wilder The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) is the charity behind LNPC.
[4] Twitter
[5] See below for list of parks we are highlighting in this year’s campaign
[6] London-based Waikiki Bottles are eco-friendly stainless steel reusable bottles that keep drinks cold for up to 24 hrs and hot up to 12 hrs.
[7]  The large, beautiful, folded National Park City Map, commissioned by the National Park City Foundation and made by Urban Good, reveals London as the world’s first National Park City. It includes the capital’s 3,000 parks, woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, city farms, plus its rivers, canals and all its outdoor activities. It even shows front and back gardens, but not any buildings!
[8] Competition rules are available on 
Parks to be featured in the 2019 #GoParksLondon campaign
Escaping the city without leaving it
Bedfords Park
Bushy Park
Richmond Park
Walthamstow Wetlands
Beckenham Park
Best playground
Clissold Park
Holland Park
Victoria Park
Highbury Park
Battersea Park
Diana Memorial Playground
Every activity under the sun
Bouldering, Fairlop Waters
Kite flying, Streatham Common
Rowing, Springfield Park
Horse rides, Oaks Park
Butterfly walks, Gladstone Park
Ancient woodland, focusing on fragments of the Great North Wood
Beaulieu Heights
Dulwich Park
Day out parks
Battersea Park
Crystal Palace
Holland Park
Brockwell Park
Valentines Mansion
Hampstead Heath
Unique and unusual
Model traffic village Lordship Rec
Dinosaurs Crystal Palace
Fossil hunting, Lesnes Abbey Wood
Peacocks Holland Park
Meridian Line Greenwich Park
Walks between parks
Capital Ring
Wandle Trail
Parkland Walk
Brent River
River Crane
Community gardening
Culpeper Gardens
Brockwell Park
Bridge House Pond
Dulwich Park
Deptford Park
Queens Wood
Clapham Common
Meanwhile Gardens
Victoria Park
Peckham Rye Park
Alexandra Palace Park
Clissold Park
Outdoor swimming
Beautiful lidos:
Serpentine Lido
London Fields
Natural ponds and wild swimming:
Ruislip Lido
West Reservoir
Hampstead Ponds
Beckenham Place Park
Dulwich Park
Alexandra Palace Park
Victoria Park
Grovelands Park
Fairlop Waters
Finsbury Park
Lee Valley
Burgess Park
Haggerston Park
Richmond Park
Lordship Rec
Brockwell Park
Nature walks
Fungi forays Foxley Woods
Bats and Moths, Selsdon Woods
Wetlands and deer, Bushy Park
Pond dipping Bedfont Lakes
Bee keeping, Broomfield House
Gardening fit, Green Gym
Tai Chi, London Fields
Brazilian dance, Lloyd Park
Boxing Yoga, Priory Park
Street Workout, Primrose Hill
Bootcamp, Bessingby Park
Alexandra Palace
Bedfords Park
Primrose Hill
Croham Hurst Woods
Greenwich Park
History and architecture
Glass House, Avery Hill Park
Markfield Beam Engine, Markfield Park
Holland House, Holland Park
World’s first public time signal and Meridian Line: Greenwich Park
William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park
Petting zoos
Vauxhall City Farm
Hanwell zoo
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Mudchute Park and Farm
Deen City Farm
Hidden Gems
Ravenscourt Park
Chelsea Physic Garden
Littleheath Woods
Stambourne Woods
The Rookery, Streatham common
Culpeper Gardens
The original & now 1,000+ runners: Bushy Park 
Hills: Hampstead, Crystal Palace, Hilly Fields and Catford
Flat and fast: Burgess Park
Views, Alexandra Palace
Tough: Lloyd Park
Best post-run café: Brockwell Park
Chase Lakes, Eastbrookend Country Park
Fairlop Waters
Valence Park
Clapham Common Ponds
South Norwood Lake

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