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Greener City Fund

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. We're also giving away free trees to Londoners in autumn 2018, find out how to get free trees
  • 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.

Community Green Space Grants

Applications are now closed for round two of our Community Green Space Grants. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful by December 2018.

If you have a question about your application, please email [email protected], or call Martin Petry on 020 7239 1292.

Community Tree Planting Grants

Applications for our Community Tree Planting Grants will open again next year. 29 projects have been funded through this year's grants, to plant 40,000 trees across London between September 2018 and March 2019.

Find these projects on our Greener City Map. or read about last year's completed projects.

Green Capital grants

The Mayor has awarded £2.1 million of capital funding to six green space projects across London. Projects will start in June 2018. Parts of projects funded by the Mayor of London will be completed by March 2020. Visit Green Capital grants  for details of the projects.

Good Growth Fund: Greening Projects

The Mayor has awarded over £800,000 of his Greener City Fund to provide additional greening to seven regeneration projects and to fund green infrastructure audits on two development projects supported by round one of the Good Growth Fund. This additional funding will support new exemplary approaches to greening the public realm, particularly in areas with little existing green cover. Projects will start in June 2018 and the Greener City Fund elements of projects will be completed by March 2020.

A summary of the seven regeneration projects is below. We’ll add more information to our website as the projects get underway.

Queen's Crescent: The Heart of Gospel Oak, Camden

The project will improve the quality of the public realm in this high street to better serve the Gospel Oak community and to prepare the place for significant change in coming years. Working closely with the local community to co-design the improvements, the project aims to transform the busy road space into a high quality public space with increased greenery including trees, sustainable drainage features such as rain gardens and new ‘pocket’ green spaces.

Plumstead High Street Improvement Schemes, Royal Borough of Greenwich

This high street improvement project will incorporate green infrastructure which goes beyond traditional street tree planting, to activate underused spaces, soften the environment through planting, provide play space and opportunities for resident gardening, create a sense of arrival in the town centre and strengthen the unique identity of the area.

Nourish Food and Community Hub, Hammersmith & Fulham

The project includes green space improvements, a new community food hub and affordable workspace across two estates in Hammersmith & Fulham. The project will use green infrastructure to improve the environmental performance of the public realm, creating resilient, climate adapting spaces, providing innovative flood risk management and improved air quality.

Connecting Wood Green, Haringey

The project will improve the public realm of a key east west route, drawing people into the heart of the area from both sides of the borough to transform this quiet part of Wood Green. Planting will be designed to improve wayfinding and connections between spaces, as well as improve the quality of streets and will form a key part of the planned public realm design guide for Wood Green.

SHEDx, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

The project involves working with local communities to create a community growing hub in Tolworth including mobile green sheds to act as meanwhile uses for local greening, discussion, problem solving and storytelling, and creation of ‘natural paths’ to create a ‘Bee Triangle’ between Tolworth, Surbiton and New Malden which will encourage pollinators through the planting of herbs and flowers.

Scrubs Lane, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

The project will improve wayfinding, legibility and biodiversity along Scrubs Lane and at Willesden Junction station, setting the ambition for greening across development in the Old Oak and Park Royal area. Improvements include wildflower planting around Willesden Junction station and better access at a key entrance to Wormwood Scrubs from Scrubs Lane.

Thamesmead Community, Enterprise & Learning Hub, Peabody

The project is taking a community co-design approach to reactivate a derelict social club and a set of under-road arches to provide flexible civic and affordable enterprise spaces. The project will increase and improve green infrastructure along routes to and around the new facilities, including a new ‘urban woodland walk’.