Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Khan vows to make London greener

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has set aside £1m to help improve air quality across the capital.

Sadiq Khan has encouraged community groups to apply for his £1m Greener City Fund to help deliver more air quality improving trees, plants and green play areas in every neighbourhood.

Trees and plants play an essential part in reducing London’s dangerously polluted air, as well as being a vital part of our landscape. 

The Mayor wants to protect London’s Green Belt and help make the capital the world’s first National Park City.

His £1m Greener City community fund is part of his wider £9m funding to help schools, boroughs and local groups improve their local environments.

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available for groups to apply for now and details are on the Mayor’s website.

Grants can be used for a range of projects from lining walking routes to schools with air quality boosting trees, to creating mini play spaces and community gardens in built-up areas.

Khan said: ‘We need more greenery across all of our communities and I want everyone - young and old - to be able to get involved in helping make local areas greener.

“That’s why I’m announcing £1m in green grants for local groups to help create the community gardens, play areas and allotments needed to improve our air and enrich our daily lives.”

As part of his plans to make more than 50% of London green by 2050, the Mayor wants to help fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces, and help London’s boroughs invest in our much-loved parks, playing fields and woodland.

Earlier this month the Mayor launched his draft London Environment Strategy which set out his plans to make London the first National Park City.

The Mayor aims to launch London as a National Park City at an international summit in Spring 2019 and is working with partners across London to set criteria for a National Park City, which will include:

  • Protecting and increasing the amount of green space in the capital
  • Increasing access to green spaces for Londoners of all ages, particularly in areas where there is currently a deficiency
  • Increasing the quality of green spaces, ensuring they are well maintained and create healthy habitats for wildlife
  • Valuing London green spaces, accounting for the health, environmental, social and economic benefits it brings to London

The Mayor will publish a natural capital account for London later this year to highlight the economic value of London’s green infrastructure.