Making the biggest, greenest map of London

Urban Good set out to support the grassroots movement to make London the world’s first National Park City by contributing our map-making and storytelling expertise. Our hardworking and committed team collaborated with Ordnance Survey (OS) and Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) to create a map which would be bold and beautiful enough to inspire Londoners to get out and make the most of their National Park City.

 Urban Good's giant green map of London's open spaces (available to order in the shop)

Urban Good's giant green map of London's open spaces (available to order in the shop)

Paper maps

The 1st Edition was released in autumn 2017: a huge 125 x 95cm folded map which includes all of the capital’s 3,000 parks, playing fields, woodlands, city farms, rivers, canals, wetlands, lakes, ponds and reservoirs. 17 of London’s most iconic walks are highlighted to encourage map users to explore, or create their own epic multi-day hikes by locating public transport, bike, and pedestrian connections. An atlas of London’s rivers, compelling infographics, and over twenty ideas for further exploration and adventures are printed on the flip-side of the map. 

What a tool for discovering new places to run with my dog in this greenest city of all.
— Wayne Hemingway
 The folded map cover, front and back

The folded map cover, front and back

highest quality

We used the best data available thanks to OS and GiGL, then we filtered, sorted and styled the data for countless hours to produce our final map. We researched all sorts of activities to put on the map: walks, sports, farms, hills and more. Then we printed all these in a fluorescent Pantone ink to make them stand out. We printed it on the best stock that is used in all the OS paper map products printed by Dennis Maps in Frome, Somerset.

 London's Rivers, printed on the reverse

London's Rivers, printed on the reverse

The reverse side

Printed on the reverse of the map is an entire London National Park City Atlas on one page. There are twenty ideas for exploration and adventure, maps of London's Parks, Rivers, Gardens, Woodlands and Landscape Signatures, infographics and information on how Londoners can help make the London National Park City a success.

At OS we focus on making the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe and the new London National Park City Map is a fantastic way for people to locate and discover greenspaces in the capital. The map is also a great example of OS Open Greenspace being used to deliver real value to the public and helping to encourage an active Great Britain.”
— Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure, Nick Giles
 The reverse of the map - full of information and inspiring new activites to try

The reverse of the map - full of information and inspiring new activites to try

This map is truly inspiring. It reveals London as an exciting urban landscape that’s ready to be explored. It is also a picture of Londoners’ remarkable achievement of making the capital so green and diverse. This is a direct result of a combination of top-down policy and grassroots action over hundreds of years. Did you know that 49.5% of London is physically green and blue, and that if every Londoner made one square meter of grey space green then the majority of the capital would be green and blue? This map makes me dream of what a London National Park City map could look like in 2027.”
— Daniel Raven-Ellison, Chief Exploration Officer, National Park City Foundation