The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a further £6 million injection of funding for protecting the environment and improving green space in the capital.
The fund will also deliver the roll-out of more new public water fountains – on top of the initial 20 announced recently.
Kahn’s plans highlight the importance of protecting London’s green spaces and creating new, accessible open space, particularly in areas with little access to parks.
The new funding will deliver more Greener City Fund grants to local projects, helping improve parks, design new green spaces, green school playgrounds, plant trees and restore waterways.
It will also help pay for local measures to tackle toxic air pollution including schemes in and around schools and in partnership with local businesses, and installing green infrastructure that benefits air quality and reduces exposure.
Khan said: “This extra funding will also help us race towards my goal of London becoming the first National Park City, by funding more tree planting and green spaces, especially in areas so that everyone in London can benefit from an easily accessible park, play space, or community garden.”
Graham Duxbury, national CEO of environmental organisation Groundwork added: “We know the valuable role that greenspaces play in ensuring a better quality of life for local communities in order for people to live happier and healthier lives. We have seen first-hand that local people are committed to improving their surroundings and local provisions and it’s important that they have the right support and tools in order to be successful.
“We are delighted that more resources are going to be provided to help communities get involved in making positive changes to their local greenspaces as well as tackling the important task of reducing our plastic consumption. We look forward to seeing the positive results.”