The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced the six winners of over £2 million of grant funding for green space improvements, as part of his push to make London the world’s first National Park City.
The winning projects include a cycling and walking greenways Ealing, a park regeneration in Barnet, and new wetlands in Harrow, which will help preserve a 14th century moat.
The awards were made as part of the Mayor’s Greener City Fund. Sadiq has today also announced that he is allocating an extra £3 million to the fund, bringing the total to £12 million. In addition to today’s winners (£2m), the fund provides grants for community green spaces and tree planting (£5m), greening the built environment (£800k), trees and woodlands (£3m) and community engagement to help make London a National Park City (£1m).
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the greatest city in the world and I want to make it one of the greenest too. That’s what my Environment Strategy is all about: cleaning our air, reducing waste, and becoming a zero-carbon city.
“For too many Londoners, nature simply doesn’t feature in their daily lives. That’s why we’re aiming to become a National Park City, with more than half of our capital green. Today’s funding will draw even more people into our outstanding parks by making green spaces more attractive and better for the environment.”
Barnet: Silkstream Valley Parks regeneration project (£324,000)
Improvements to two existing parks, including new facilities for football, tennis, basketball, skateboarding, and parkour. The project will also deliver a new café, event space, and river improvements to support new trees and wildlife habitats.
Ealing: Brent River Park – Greenford to Gurnell Greenway (£325,000)
River improvements to transform underused green space to open up the riverside to Londoners, reduce flooding, and improve river biodiversity and habitats.
Harrow: Headstone Manor Park (£300,000)
Construction of new ponds, reeds beds, and wetlands to help preserve a 14th century moat. The project will improve water quality, protect the river network, and increase biodiversity.