Helen Ilus, a graphic designer, was inspired by Harry Beck’s iconic tube map and created a new version that shows London’s parks and nature spots instead of train stops.
The Greenground Map links up the London’s forests, cemeteries, parks and waterways. Exact routes aren’t provided, however, the map shows distances to encourage more people to explore the city on foot.
Ilus explained, “I want to reach out to people who perceive cities through transport maps and get them out more by using similar visuals, I think seeing parks and green spaces represented like this brings people closer to nature.”
“London has a great long-distance walking and hiking network, but we also need wider scope for common everyday walking – and to see London as connected by green spaces and waterways, and with links to countryside. Greenground Map aims to change this perception of how we see cities, when walking and cycling longer distances become regular ways to get around.”
“When I started making the map, I mostly thought of people like myself, who want to make their commutes greener or go out to nature at the weekends,” said Ilus. “The last year has shown us that green spaces are essential,” she said.
Ilus said her new map is an ongoing project as London has more than 3,000 parks and green spaces with Ilus’s map covering 380 of them. “I hope it gives a good starting point for discovering new urban green spaces.”