#GoParksLondon – Press Release

The #GoParksLondon campaign has started, running from 12th to 28th July 2019, alongside Love Parks Week (12th to 21st July) and the National Park City Festival (21st to 28th July).  See the press release below for full details and relevant web links:


(For more information please contact Alice Roberts on 0779 2942 691)

#GoParksLondon 2019 challenge is launched!
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. www.cprelondon.org.uk/ http://www.lfgn.org.uk

#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. http://keepbritaintidy.org/loveparks

[3] The National Park City Festival 2019 https://nationalparkcity.london.gov.uk/events 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 www.nationalparkcity.london/. The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) is the charity behind LNPC. www.nationalparkcity.org/

[4] Twitter https://twitter.com/goparkslondon?lang=en-gb

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cpreldn/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cprelondon/

[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. www.waikikibottle.com

[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! http://www.nationalparkcity.london/map

[8] Competition rules are available on www.goparks.london.

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