De-pave your garden

Changing just a part of your garden from grey to green can help reduce the risk of flooding, encourage wildlife and be good for our wellbeing. You can start small, even if you don’t have a garden of your own.

Get involved

There are lots of ways that you can get involved. You can:

Why do we need to green the grey?

As a National Park City over half of London will be green. Almost a quarter of London’s land area is made up of gardens, but only 60 per cent of this area is green. The area of patios, decking and paving has increased in recent years.

Greening your garden can help make London a healthier place to live. It can help prevent flooding by letting water soak into the soil, absorb air pollution, provide a home for wildlife and keep the city cool in the summer. This doesn’t mean removing your patio – even creating a small patch of green can help.

Let us know how you’re greening the grey. Share your photos on social media with the hashtag #NationalParkCity

The Mayor is calling on Londoners to do simple things to make our city greener as part of his plan to help make London a National Park City in 2019. Find out what else you can do

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