Pocket Parks Programme

Pocket parks are part of the Mayor’s London’s Great Outdoors - the programme to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces across London. The Pocket Parks initiative aims to deliver 100 new or enhanced pocket parks.

Photo of Red Cross Garden, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Southwark

Pocket parks are small areas of inviting public space for all people to enjoy, providing relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. These spaces should have trees and greenery; they should be open to all; they should have places to sit and relax and for people to come together; and they should contribute to making the city friendlier, greener and more resilient.  You are welcome to read our Pocket Parks Prospectus for more information.

We now have nearly 60 parks selected with offers of funding, but we need another 40. Information on our funded pocket park projects can be found here.

Pocket Parks Funding Now Available

We are now accepting applications from community groups who wish to create their very own 'Pocket Park'.  Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available, please see the guidance note for more information on criteria and match funding. This strand is part of the Transform initiative, led by Groundwork London.

Applications will close at 5pm on 10 March 2014. If you have any questions about submitting an application please contact Laura Williams at laura.williams@groundwork.org.uk or 020 7239 1286 for all general queries relating to Pocket Parks, please contact adam.batchelor@london.gov.uk or call 0207 983 4042.

Pocket Park Application Form

Pocket Park Guidance Note


As an alternative and innovative way of raising funds, or as a potential mechanism for raising match-funding for a Pocket Parks grant, upload your project to the London Pocket Parks page on the crowdfunding web-site Spacehive.

Heritage and Pocket Parks

If your project has heritage value, you may wish to contact the Heritage Lottery Fund about funding opportunities under their Sharing Heritage or Our Heritage grant programmes. For more information, please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website or telephone 020 7591 6151.