‘Parks in your pocket’: Mobile map of London’s parks and green spaces comes to Croydon

By - Tuesday 15th April, 2014

‘The Capital’s Green TripAdviser’ has arrived in Croydon. Croydon users can now provide information about their local parks, and discover events going on in them.

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Release begins: Today, the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, launches Greater London’s first green space mobile map. Now that spring is here, this unique tool enables Londoners to unearth hidden green gems: for an Easter egg hunt; a space to work out in preparation for the summer; discover budding spring flowers, or find a local community garden project to get involved in.

This ground-breaking interactive map, first launched in 12 Inner London boroughs, has been extended to 20 boroughs throughout Greater London, now enabling residents of Croydon to explore a multitude of parks and green spaces in their vicinity. Accessible on your smartphone or tablet, Parklife London geolocates you, bringing up all the parks near your location. You can also explore Parklife London on your desktop to check out a new outdoor event or a volunteer opportunity to take on. All this can be found at:www.parklifelondon.org.

The ambition is that this innovative mobile tool becomes sustained and developed by Londoners, for Londoners. It includes a simple but well-moderated process for individual users and community organisations to upload locations, event and projects. Already a number of community groups and charities like the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s London Wetland Centre, London Play and Kenwood House have got involved – and you can too.

London is the ‘greenest’ major city in Europe, and the third ‘greenest’ city of its size in the world, with 35,000 acres of public parks, woodlands and gardens. This equates to 40% of London’s total surface area being made up of publicly accessible green space.

Launched as part of the ‘Growing Localities’ programme, the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, produced Parklife London to help Londoners uncover the many green spaces around them and encourage community engagement, ownership and volunteering.

Quote from David Farnsworth, Chief Grants Officer of the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust:

“Parklife London, a ground-breaking initiative from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, aims to help residents of Croydon find, use and share details of their local green spaces. I really hope that Londoners will put this tool to good use and share their hidden green gems with others. Parklife London has the potential to become our Capital’s Green TripAdviser.” Release ends.



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