How green is London? These 34 maps have the answer

Simon Usborne@susborne
Friday 26 September 2014 13:30
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How green is London? Very green, it turns out, and not just thanks to our Royal Parks.

If you include the 3.8million gardens in the capital, plus all the parks, nature reserves, graveyards and playing fields, 47 per cent of London is green, while 60 per cent is classified as "open space".

As part of his campaign to turn London into Britain's 16th National Park, Daniel Raven-Ellison has joined forces with Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), a group that keeps environmental records, to produce a series of stunning maps.

The largest of these shows the whole of Greater London, which is about the size of Surrey, and excludes what we expect in a city map – roads, buildings, car parks, railways.

The only things marked against a white background, apart from the Thames and its tributaries, are the green spaces. Yet thanks to their great spread, the map looks just like the London we think we know.

GiGL has also made maps of each borough. How green is yours? Scroll down to find out.

Barking and Dagenham

Barnet

Bexley

Brent

Bromley

Camden

City of London

Croydon

Ealing

Enfield

Greenwich

Hackney

Hammersmith and Fulham

Haringey

Harrow

Havering

Hillingdon

Hounslow

Islington

Kensington and Chelsea

Kingston-upon-Thames

Lambeth

Lewisham

Merton

Newham

Redbridge

Richmond-upon-Thames

Southwark

Sutton

Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest

Wandsworth

Westminster

Maps produced by Greenspace Information for Greater London for the Greater London National Park

(Pictures: Crown Copyright)

More: Read about the Greater London National Park campaign in today's Independent

Find out more about the Greater London National Park campaign here.

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