Green Spaces – sowing the seeds and reaping the rewards

10 January 2017

The capital’s green spaces offer environmental, physical, mental, social and economic benefits for Londoners, but they are at risk.

The London Assembly Environment Committee is investigating how London’s parks and other green spaces are currently managed, and exploring ways in which they can be protected and enhanced.

The Committee will visit St. Mary’s Secret Garden in Hackney, a community garden for vulnerable people and members of the local community. The project allows people to benefit from hands-on experience of gardening, develop employment skills, gain qualifications and build a sense of inclusion when they may be socially isolated. St. Mary’s has been affected by funding cuts in recent years and the Committee will hear how this has impacted on the garden and the services it provides.

The Committee will speak to managers, volunteers and members of the community.



Spokespeople available:

  • Leonie Cooper AM, Chair, London Assembly Environment Committee
  • Paula Yassine, Director, St Mary’s Secret Garden
  • Members of the community who use the garden


Location: St Mary's Secret Garden, 50 Pearson Street, E2 8EL: View online map

Date: Wednesday 11 January

Time: 2:45pm-4:00pm

Nearest station: Hoxton (Overground)


MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603

Notes to editors

  1. Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  2. London Assembly Environment Committee
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.