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Funding for local green spaces in London

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded £1.1 million to community projects across the capital in an attempt to improve and create new local green spaces.

A statement from the mayor’s office said that in response to “unprecedented demand” from local groups, Khan provided almost three times his original budget for this first year of the Community Green Space Grants.

Across 23 boroughs, 55 projects have received between £5,000 and £50,000 through his Green City Fund. The mayor’s funding will be matched by an additional £2.8 million from the projects themselves, as well as other public, private and charitable funders.

The grants aim to give Londoners the chance to create new and improved green spaces in their local area.

Projects that will receive funding include:

  • Woodmans Mews Community Garden: Relocated next to the temporary site of Kensington Aldridge Academy following the Grenfell Tower fire, this community garden will be revitalised, with new planting, social seating and eating areas, and natural play areas aiming to create a tranquil space for enjoyment and relaxation for both school students and local residents.
  • R-Urban Poplar Community Garden: This new garden will be created in Tower Hamlets alongside the R-Urban Poplar, an environmental community project in a heavily polluted area with little accessible green space. It is near the mayor’s next planned Low Emission Bus Zone. The garden will include an outdoor classroom and food growing space, and act as a testing ground for new garden design to improve local air quality.
  • De Beauvoir Estate Garden Allotments (Hackney): A community-led project run by the De Beauvoir Estate Tenants Residents Association, it will reclaim an area of underused green space to create raised-bed allotments, herb gardens and a wildflower meadow. The project is accessible to all residents including young families, and is led by volunteers.

Khan said: “Communities are crying out for high-quality green space in their local areas, and I have listened to their great ideas. Whether it’s designing a new garden, planting trees or greening school playgrounds, these projects will transform local spaces, improve health and well-being and help clean up our toxic air – and young Londoners are getting involved too. I want London to become the UK’s first National Park City, with more than half the capital green by 2050 – and we’re already delivering. It’s vital that, as our capital continues to grow, all Londoners have access to open, green areas, and these projects will help make our city a greener, healthier place to live.”

Further funding rounds will be announced later this year.

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