The Mayor wants London to be the first National Park City, with a target of making more than half of the city's area green by 2050. To help do this, he created the Greener City Fund in summer 2017. In spring 2018, this fund was increased to £12 million. This includes:
- Community Tree Planting and Green Space Grants: £5 million to help Londoners plant trees and make our city greener. These community grants will be offered in several rounds. In the first round, £400,000 was awarded to 29 tree planting projects that ran from October 2017 to March 2018. Another £1.1 million went to 55 green space projects taking place in 2018. A second round of tree planting grants will be awarded in summer 2018.
- Strategic green infrastructure projects: £3 million to major projects that bring a range of environmental benefits. This includes £2.1 million Green Capital grant funding to support 6 large-scale green space projects starting in summer 2018, and £800,000 allocated to 9 projects through the Good Growth Fund to increase greening of the built environment.
- London’s urban forest: £3 million, including £1.5 million to help create new woodlands, and funding to pilot new approaches to supporting street tree planting, improve data about London’s trees and support London-wide projects.
- Community engagement: £1 million to work with partners and Londoners on a range of community and public engagement programmes in the run up to London becoming a National Park City in 2019.
The Greener City Fund has supported over 80 projects so far. Explore our Greener City Map to find out more.