Community Green Space Grants 2018

In January 2018, the Mayor awarded £1.1 million to 54 community projects to help them improve and create green spaces across the capital. The majority of these projects ran from January 2018 until February 2019.

They include improving parks, designing new community gardens, greening school playgrounds and restoring waterways. Across all projects, 12 hectares of green space will be created or improved, and almost 20,000 metres of waterway enhanced.

Find a project in your area on our Greener City Map. In depth case studies of selected projects can be found on the Groundwork website.

Multiple boroughs

Community Orchard Green Spaces (Photo: The Orchard Project)

Community Orchard Green Spaces

The Orchard Project is creating four new community orchards in Barnet, Kingston upon Thames, Haringey and Waltham Forest, and improving four further orchard sites in Lambeth, Islington, Hillingdon and Merton.

The project is following The Orchard Project’s proven model, in which communities are trained and supported to look after these orchards themselves.

Energy Gardens

Repowering London is creating and improving gardens at seven Overground stations across London: Crouch Hill, Finchley Central, South Woodford, Stoke Newington, Wood Street, Kew Gardens and West Croydon.

Energy Garden is a city-wide community energy and gardening scheme that supports communities to transform station platforms into food growing plots and solar energy generation sites. Find out more about the project.

Barking and Dagenham

Beacon Garden

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, working in partnership with Create London, is transforming a disused car park in Becontree into a community garden.

The site, at The White House, will be the area’s first fully accessible community garden, and aims to catalyse a gardening movement across the neighbourhood. Find out more about the project.

The Chase Nature Reserve Hedges for Wildlife and Connectivity

Thames Chase Trust, working in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and Thames Chase Trust Conservation Volunteers, is creating new hedgerow habitat at Eastbrookend Country Park in Dagenham.

The project is creating 450m of new hedgerow, improving the site for people and wildlife.


The Farm Garden (Our Yard)
Pymmes Brook Enhancements

London Wildlife Trust, working in partnership with the Environment Agency, is creating a natural sustainable drainage feeder stream in Oak Hill Wood.

The project will see the stream broken out of its current culvert to create wetland habitat and improve water quality. 

St Margaret's Churchyard Development

Edgware Parochial Church Council is transforming the churchyard at St Margaret’s in Edgware into an accessible green space for the community.

The churchyard will be a safe and sustainable sanctuary for all, with improved natural pathways and new trees, hedges and wildflowers.

The Farm Garden

Our Yard is transforming an area of disused land next to Clitterhouse Farm in Cricklewood into a thriving community garden.

The project is part of a wider regeneration of the farm site, and includes planting trees and raised beds, and making the site safe and accessible for community use. Find out more.


Thamesmead Canal Habitat Restoration Project (London Wildlife Trust)

Thamesmead Greening the Grey Project

Thames21, working in partnership with Peabody and Levitt Bernstein, is creating a sustainable drainage garden in Parkview, Thamesmead.

The project is creating green space in a location dominated by concrete and reducing the amount of surface runoff entering the storm water system.

Thamesmead Canal Habitat Improvement Project

London Wildlife Trust, working in partnership with Thames21, Peabody, Environment Agency, Thamesmead Town Angling Club, and Thamesmead and Marsh Dykes Catchment Improvement Group, is improving the Thamesmead Canal System in Bexley and Greenwich.

The project is installing 300m of floating wildlife habitat in the canals, creating quality green space and improving water quality and biodiversity. Find out more.


Sudbury in Bloom

The London Borough of Brent, working in partnership with Sudbury Town Residents Association and Sudbury Court Residents Association, is greening Sudbury town centre.

The project will create wildflower meadows on grass verges, plant trees in Northwick Park, and install planters around the neighbourhood. Find out more.


The Greener Crystal Palace Partnership (Transition Town Crystal Palace)

The Greener Crystal Palace Park Partnership

Crystal Palace Transition Town, working in partnership with Capel Manor College, are improving Crystal Palace Park.

The project is creating a new apple orchard, a landscaped pathway through a community garden, and a new flower border on a popular walkway.


Greenhaven (Castlehaven Community Association)


Castlehaven Community Association, working in partnership with local schools and Clarence Way Estate TMO, is transforming Castlehaven Open Space into a new green resource for the community in Camden.

Greenhaven will create a nature study park with an outdoor classroom for local primary schools with features including new trees and shrubs, amphitheatre seating, accessible planters and sensory gardens.

Find out more in Groundwork's case study.


Broomfield Park Lakes Restoration (London Borough of Enfield)

Broomfield Park Lakes Restoration

The London Borough of Enfield, working in partnership with Thames21 and the Friends of Broomfield Park, is restoring the lakes at the heart of Broomfield Park.

The project is restoring the water flow to the lakes and planting new reedbeds to improve water quality, increase biodiversity and allow greater enjoyment of the park.

Moore Brook Wetlands Green Link

The London Borough of Enfield is creating a green link between Firs Farm and Pymmes Park Wetlands.

The project is creating rain gardens along a new cycle route along the course of the ‘lost’ Moore Brook, improving the public realm, encouraging walking and cycling and increasing resilience to flooding.

Rise up to Gardening

Mind in Enfield is enhancing a community garden in Pymmes Park, Edmonton, making it accessible for people with physical disabilities.

The project is installing table planters, benches and fruit trees to enable all users to garden and enjoy being outside.


Claridge Way Play (Peabody)

Claridge Way Play

Peabody is creating a linear park along a currently underused pathway in Thamesmead.

The project will create natural play opportunities, improve planting and provide new seating to encourage residents to use the path as a safe walking route. 

Koinonia Federation Peninsula Forest School Tree Project

Koinonia Foundation, working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, is creating a forest school in the grounds of St Mary Magdalene School in North Greenwich.

Trees are being planted to create a woodland area, providing a reflective learning space within the new school campus in an area under major redevelopment.

Overmead Island Rain Garden

The Royal Borough of Greenwich (Eltham South Councillors) is transforming a concrete road island into a green rain garden in Eltham.

The project will provide a wildlife island by planting shrubs and grasses, and absorb surface water flow from the road. 


De Beauvoir Estate Garden Allotments

De Beauvoir Estate Tenants Residents Association, working in partnership with Groundwork London and the London Borough of Hackney is transforming an area of underused green space into community allotments.

The project is creating eleven raised bed allotments, as well as vertical herb gardens, a social area and a wildflower meadow.

Hammersmith and Fulham

Woodmans Mews Community Garden (HCGA)

St Paul's Woodland

St Paul’s CE Primary School, working in partnership with Trees for Cities, is creating a woodland area in the school playground in Hammersmith. 

The woodland includes trees, hedging and bulb planting, turning part of the grey tarmacked playground into a new green space for students to enjoy. Find out more.

Woodmans Mews Community Garden

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, working in partnership with Mace and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, is creating a community garden at Woodmans Mews in White City.

The garden is next to the temporary site of Kensington Aldridge Academy, which was relocated following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, and will be used by students and the community. Find out more about the project.


The Green Walkway

Highgate Primary School, working in partnership with Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children and Highgate Primary Family Centre, is creating a green walkway in the school playground in Highgate.

The project is making planting a key part of the playground and inspiring creative play and learning in a range of subjects.


4H Community Garden (Whittington Park Community Association)

Growing Ambler

Ambler Primary School is creating green spaces to improve air quality in the school grounds in Islington.

The project is installing an ivy screen between the school and the main road to combat air pollution, and planting climbers and apple trees to add greenery to the playground.

“Hops, Herbs, Health and Happiness” Community Garden

Whittington Park Community Association, working in partnership with Octopus Community Network and the London Borough of Islington, is creating an intergenerational community garden in Whittington Park.

The garden will provide space for local residents who are elderly, disabled or in poor health to grow hops, herbs, vegetables and flowers, alongside areas of wildflowers and bulbs that are being planted by local children.

Find out more in Groundwork's case study.

Kensington and Chelsea

Earl's Court Green Network

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, working with London Underground, St Cuthbert’s Church and School, and Earl’s Court Health Centre, is creating four new green spaces in Earl’s Court.

The project will help create a network of green spaces in an area of deficit, linking between existing initiatives and bringing local residents together to make their neighbourhood greener.

Maxilla Community Gardens

Westway Trust is refurbishing Maxilla Gardens in North Kensington.

The project will increase biodiversity and transform the space from amenity grassland into a valued community asset using the principles of biophilic design.

St Quintin Green Court Garden

Affinity Sutton Community Foundation, working in partnership with Groundwork London, is renovating and greening a courtyard at St. Quintin Court in North Kensington.

The project will bring the space into community use, install recreational facilities including natural play, and introduce new and diverse planting to enhance biodiversity.


Nature's Helper Walls (Corpus Christi Primary School)

Colour Your Common

Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee, working in partnership with Bandstand Beds and The Spinney, are creating new wildflower meadows and planted areas on Clapham Common.

The meadows and newly planted shrubs and flowers will provide nectar rich plants for pollinators, and bring nature closer to the thousands of people who use the common.

Nature's Helper Walls

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School are creating a green “wall” around the school playground in Brixton, Lambeth.

The project is installing ivy screens along the outer fence of the school to filter pollution and improve air quality.

Find out more in Groundwork's case study.


Harmony in Manor Park (Hither Green Community Association)

De Frene Outdoor Education Centre (Greening Growing Lives)

Sydenham Garden, working in partnership with SLAM and Kids Kitchen, is creating an outdoor education centre at De Frene Market Garden in Sydenham.

The project is creating an outdoor classroom using natural building techniques, renovating a wildlife pond and planting native trees, shrubs and hedgerows. The centre will increase access to green space for local schools and residents, including asylum seekers and people suffering from mental ill health. Find out more

Greening Holbeach

Friends of Holbeach, working in partnership with Holbeach Primary School, JMC Landscapes and The Mindful Gardener, are greening the grounds of Holbeach School in Catford.

The project will transform the playground and include tree planting and creating sensory gardens.

Harmony in Manor Park

Hither Green Community Association, in partnership with the Friends of Manor Park, The Arts Café and Come Hither to Hither Green, is improving Manor Park in Hither Green.

The project will create a new central seating and performance area in the park, a community orchard and wildflower meadow, and plant new trees in surrounding streets. 

Love Luxmore

Friends of Luxmore Gardens, working in partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham and Glendale, is improving Luxmore Gardens in Brockley.

The project is transforming an unloved park into a place of beauty for wildlife and people, with new planting, seating and play areas, creating a green route for walking and cycling.

The Sensory Railway Garden at Crofton Park

Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum, working in partnership with Crofton Park Railway Gardeners Group, is creating a sensory garden at Crofton Park Station.

The garden will provide an improved natural environment for wildlife, recreation, outdoor learning and socialising, as a place of refuge from the nearby town centre. Find out more about the project.


The Green Station

Create London, working in partnership with the London Borough of Newham, Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre and Crossrail, are creating a new community garden in North Woolwich.

The new green space, part of a wider regeneration of the former North Woolwich station, will include a garden, vegetable beds, wildflowers, beehives and insect hotels. Find out more about the project.

Richmond upon Thames

East Sheen Green Screen

East Sheen Primary School are installing a green ivy screen along the perimeter fence of the school playground in East Sheen.

The ivy screen will improve air quality in the playground, reduce noise and improve the appearance of the school, which is located on a busy main road.

Richmond Green Gym at Kneller Gardens

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), working in partnership with Friends of River Crane Environment and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, are improving biodiversity, connectivity and access to nature around Kneller Gardens in Twickenham.

The project is engaging local volunteers through the Green Gym programme to carry out improvements including planting fruit trees and a wildflower meadow, installing a new pathway and renovating an outdoor classroom. 


The Green Screen Project (Goose Green School)

Delawyk Crescent SuDS Retrofit

The London Borough of Southwark, working in partnership with London Wildlife Trust, Thames Water and Delawyk Residents Management Organisation is creating sustainable drainage systems across the Delawyk Crescent housing estate in Herne Hill.

The project is installing green roofs, rain gardens and down-pipe planters to reduce the peak flow of surface water entering the sewer system in a critical drainage area.

Keppel Row Garden

Better Bankside, working in partnership with the London Borough of Southwark, is transforming the historic alleyway of Keppel Row into a verdant tranquil space.

The project demonstrates how sustainable urban drainage can be successfully and beautifully delivered in a challenging context. Find out more.

The Green Screen Project at Goose Green School

Goose Green Primary and Nursery School is installing a green screen around the school playground in East Dulwich, Southwark.

The green screen will reduce air pollution within the school grounds whilst providing a habitat for wildlife and teaching children about nature. Find out more about the project.


SuDs in Sutton's Schools

The London Borough of Sutton, working in partnership with South East Rivers Trust, is retrofitting sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in eight schools in Carshalton and Hackbridge.

The project is creating rain gardens, planters and swales to reduce surface water runoff whilst also providing shade, green space and educational opportunities. Find out more.

Tower Hamlets

Whitechapel Healthy Garden (Core Landscapes)

Whitechapel Healthy Garden

Core Landscapes, working in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Barts Health NHS Trust, is transforming vacant land at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel into a pop-up plant nursery and pocket park.

The garden is a hub for engagement through horticulture, workshops and events to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, and encourage community cohesion. Find out more about the project.

Greening the Regents Meadow Project

The Lower Regents Coalition, working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, Moo Canoes, Ragged School Museum, Thames21 and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, is creating a wildflower meadow by the Regents Canal in Tower Hamlets.

The project is part of a wider initiative to “green” the canal, and will complement previous planting.

Limehouse Adoption Group Reedbeds

Thames21, working in partnership with the Limehouse Cut Adoption Group, is installing reedbeds along a stretch of the Limehouse Cut canal in Tower Hamlets.

The project is turning a concreted waterway into a thriving wild space for people and wildlife to enjoy.

Making Meath Gardens

Friends of Meath Gardens, working in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, are making Meath Gardens more wildlife and community friendly.

The project is planting trees in the park, and creating a nature trail and wildflower meadow, as part of a green corridor linking Mile End Park with Globe Town Market.

Orchard Project

Roman Road Trust, working in partnership with Public Works, are creating a network of pocket orchards within the Clarion Housing Estates north of Roman Road.

The orchards will create an urban green walk, help residents enjoy their local green spaces, attract wildlife and support a self-sustaining gardening group. Find out more about the project.

R-Urban Poplar - Community Garden

Poplar HARCA, working in partnership with Public Works, is creating a community garden near their re-use facility in Poplar.

The garden is being designed to explore how planting can influence air quality, educate the public and collect data as part of a citizen science project.

Waltham Forest

St Patrick's Edible Playground (Trees for Cities)

Leytonstone Art Gardens (The E11 ARTches)

Wood Street Walls, working in partnership with Urben, the Design Against Crime Research Centre and Transition Leytonstone, are improving a green space next to one of London’s first legal street art walls in Leytonstone.

The project will create a new social space and room to plant for local community groups and residents.

Restoring Dagenham Brook

The London Borough of Waltham Forest, working in partnership with Thames21, is restoring Dagenham Brook where it flows through Leyton Jubilee Park.

The project is improving the river for people and wildlife, helping to contribute towards the park management plan and sustaining Green Flag status for the borough’s largest park.

St Patrick's Edible Playground

Trees for Cities, working in partnership with St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, are creating an Edible Playground in the school grounds in Walthamstow.

The playground will include raised beds for growing fruit and vegetables, an outdoor classroom, fruit trees, a greenhouse, composting area and irrigation system.


Rutherford Goes Green (Rutherford House School)

Rutherford Goes Green

Rutherford House School is creating new green spaces on a concrete playground in Balham.

The project will establish sustainable gardening and outdoor learning spaces for school children, their families and the wider community.


St Peter's Playground (St Peter's Eaton Square Primary School)

Ark Atwood Roof Garden Project (Maya’s Memorial Garden)

Ark Atwood Primary Academy, working in partnership with Clinch Designs and RVint Engineers, is creating a new roof garden on the school grounds in Maida Vale.

The garden will allow children to increase their outdoor learning time by growing fruit, vegetables and other plants.

St Peter's Playground: Clean Air Fruit Tree Orchard

St Peter’s Eaton Square Church of England Primary School is creating green space in a currently grey playground in Belgravia.

The project will create natural shade, quiet areas with seating and opportunities for outdoor learning, as well as reducing the impact of air pollution.