Green Capital grants

The Green Capital grants are part of the Mayor’s Greener City Fund and are supporting large green space projects that contribute to healthier living, improve air quality and water quality, encourage walking and cycling, and enhance biodiversity.

The Mayor has awarded £2.1 million of capital funding to six projects across London. Projects started in June 2018 and the Mayor of London funded elements of projects will be completed by March 2020.

A summary of each project is below, with links to more information.

Explore our Greener City Map to find out about all the projects we are funding through the Greener City Fund and how to get involved.

Ripple Nature Reserve and Greenway, Barking and Dagenham

GC Barking and Dagenham greenway

This project will involve residents from Thames Ward in Barking in the co-design of a new 2.3 kilometre walking and cycling route with Sustrans. The new ‘greenway’ will link existing residents with new communities and facilities in the emerging Barking Riverside development. It will provide healthy, safe routes to school and access to nature, including to the Ripple Nature Reserve. The project will create a new linear park of over three hectares with natural play features, a community orchard, places to sit and enjoy an improved riverside landscape and will improve biodiversity.

Find out more about the project here.

Silkstream Valley Parks, Barnet

GC Barnet

This project aims to significantly improve the quality of Silkstream Park and Montrose Playing Fields which were underused and considered unsafe by residents. Improvements will include: two new playgrounds, new facilities for football, tennis, basketball, skateboarding and parkour, a café, events spaces and new community orchard. The project will also reduce flood risk from the River Brent by naturalising the river banks, opening up access to the river and enriching biodiversity. The Mayor’s funding will particularly support improvements to the river, new wildlife habitats and tree planting.

For more information see Barnet's website.

Brent River Park: Greenford to Gurnell Greenway, Ealing

GC Ealing Brent river park

This project will transform 18 hectares of underused and disconnected green space between Greenford Town Centre and Gurnell Leisure Centre. The project will open up routes and views along the riverside, improve biodiversity with new reed beds, wetlands, meadows, woodland and orchards, and create a forest school site and nature trails. The scheme will also help reduce both surface water and river flooding through additional flood storage areas and improve water quality.

For more information and to feedback your views, see Ealing's website

Albany Park River Restoration, Enfield

GC Brent Albany park

This project will restore a section of the Turkey Brook on the northern edge of Albany Park, currently a man-made channel with concrete walls, by excavating a new naturalised channel that brings the river into the park. As well as creating new habitat for wildlife and a diverse landscape for park users to enjoy, this will create a flood storage area that will reduce flood risk to over 200 properties and over 300 metres of improved footpaths and cycleways.

Headstone Manor Park: A Park for All Communities, Harrow

GC Harrow Headstone Manor

This project will help preserve the quality of the 14th century moat, a focal point within Headstone Manor Park, by constructing a new sedimentation pond with reed beds to clean the water flowing into the moat. The project will create new wetlands, pond dipping and outdoor learning opportunities. The new wetlands will link with the landscape of the new nearby housing development currently under construction creating new green links into Wealdstone town centre.

Find out more on Harrow's website.

Beckenham Place Park Restoration, Lewisham

GC Lewisham Beckenham Park

The Mayor’s funding will re-create a lake as the centrepiece of the park’s restored Georgian landscape, providing an important new habitat for wildlife and a leisure resource for park visitors. The lake will offer wild swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and more, making the park more accessible to local people. A wet woodland area will create a new, rare habitat in London particularly beneficial for amphibians. 

Find out more on Lewisham's website.