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Mayor calls for 'tranquil havens'

St James Park
The plans include 11 revamped parks

London mayor Boris Johnson has called for the creation of peaceful green spaces for Londoners to escape the noise of the city.

His plans, unveiled at a Tranquil Spaces conference, include 11 revamped parks, planting 10,000 street trees; and protecting green belt land.

Mr Johnson also set out plans to introduce more hybrid buses and smoother road surfaces to reduce noise.

"Oases of calm cannot be underestimated," he said.

"Even in the busiest parts of London it is vital we can get away from the hustle and bustle."

"It is right that we explore ways to create, protect and enhance tranquil spots taking account of the needs of ordinary Londoners."

"The importance of these oases of calm cannot be underestimated in making our quality of life better."

The new Olympic Park in Hackney was highlighted as one area where 300,000 wetland plants were being grown as part of the Europe's biggest regeneration project.

Mr Johnson said other intended measures include the public cycle hire scheme, the introduction of 2,012 new food growing spaces by 2012 and opposing a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Councils are being asked to take action based on the plans.

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