London - the first National Park City
The target is making more than 50% of the city green by 2050
- April 26, 2018 10:00
- Monika Dimitrova
The mayor, Sadiq Khan wants London to be the first National Park City, with a target of making more than 50% of the city green by 2050. To help do this, he created the Greener City Fund. This includes:
- Community Tree Planting and Green Space Grants: £3m to help Londoners plant trees and make the city greener. These community grants will be offered in several rounds. In the first round, £400k was awarded to 29 tree planting projects running from October 2017 – March 2018. Another £1.1m went to 55 green space projects happening in 2018.
- Strategic green infrastructure projects: £3m to major projects that bring a range of environmental benefits. This includes £800k allocated to nine projects through the Good Growth Fund to increase greening of the built environment, and Green Capital grant funding of £2m that will support large-scale projects to be announced in 2018.
- London’s urban forest: £3m to help create new woodlands; pilot new approaches to supporting tree planting in public space; improve data about London’s trees; and support London-wide projects.
By making London one of the greenest on earth, could improve air quality, conserve wildlife and develop a green infrastructure to benefit all Londoners.
Source: London Municipality
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