Capital Clean-up

Capital Clean-up is the Mayor’s partnership campaign to help Londoners get together to spruce up their city. It’s part of his wider Team London volunteering programme and is supported by McDonald’s.

Capital Clean-up 2015


We offer small grants of £500-£1,500, as well as clean-up kits to help you run local clean-up events.

Applications are now closed to run Capital Clean-up activities for summer 2015. Thank you to all those that have applied. We are currently assessing the applications. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in late April on the outcome of their application.

We mainly pay for costs of materials and equipment. Ideally, we want to fund projects that benefit both the environment and local community. We also look for projects that can help improve an area in the long-term.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please email:

If you're planning a clean-up event read our advice and help page for tips. 

About Capital Clean-up

Capital Clean-up activities will take place across London from May to September 2015. We'll post more details nearer the time about the groups involved, so look out for events near you! Whether you want to help turn a neglected green space into a community garden, remove litter from a park, or clear up canals, Capital Clean-up will have a range of volunteering opportunities.

To find out what happened in 2014’s Capital Clean-up, watch the below film, read case studies and blogs.


Read about Capital Clean-up events on the City Hall blog:

Facts and figures

Last summer’s Capital Clean-up ran from May to August 2014. Over 3,500 volunteers joined events across London. 

Capital Clean-up infographic


Use our interactive map to find groups who took part in Capital Clean-up 2014.

You can also visit the Capital Clean-up Project Dirt cluster to find out about more projects and events going on in your part of London.


Take a look at these before and after photos from Capital Clean-up projects in 2014.

Case studies

Friends of Rise Park outside their Pavilion Pamper project

Read inspiring case studies from groups who've taken part in previous clean-ups.

Ageing Well Community Garden (PDF): Wimbledon Guild of Social Welfare cleared an overgrown site to make a tranquil garden for locals to use.

Rise Park’s Pavilion Pamper (PDF): The Friends of Rise Park in Havering took part in Capital Clean-up to spruce up a neglected park building with new murals and planting.

Castlehaven Clean-up (PDF): Castlehaven Community Association in Camden created a new path and wildflower meadow in their local area as part of their Capital Clean-up.

Capital Clean-up underway to create the Peckham Tranquil Garden, 2014

Thornton Heath High Street Clean-up (PDF): a group of residents applied for a clean-up kit. This kicked off a series of events to improve the high street and set up a new residents’ association.

Peckham Tranquil Garden (PDF): All Saints Church in Peckham used their clean-up grant to turn an overgrown space into an inviting garden for local people.

Daubeney Fields Skate Park Clean-up (PDF): EcoActive Education covered graffiti at the park. Local schoolchildren helped design and paint a new mural.    

Friends of Mitcham Common (PDF): This group used a clean-up kit to collect 20 bags of litter from the common.

Poppies on Radbourne Walk, Capital Clean-up 2014

Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks (PDF): this group made two dilapidated spaces in local parks into somewhere local people could grow food and run Forest School activities.

Radbourne Walk Wildlife Corridor (PDF): the Ealing Dean Allotment Society turned an overgrown and muddy track into a beautiful footpath full of wildflowers and new wildlife habitats for their clean-up. 

Commonside Community Clean-up (PDF): this group in Merton tidied up the area outside their building, clearing litter and creating a new garden.   


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Capital Clean-up works with a number of other organisations to help clean-up London including: Thames 21; CleanupUK; Keep Britain Tidy; The Environment Agency and London Councils. Project support for Capital Clean-up is by Groundwork London

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