Pocket park in Lambeth

Parks and green spaces

London’s parks, landscapes, canals, reservoirs and riversides form an important network of spaces and public places. Alongside London’s trees these green and riverside spaces play a valuable role in improving the quality, character and economy of the capital.

Parks and green spaces

We want to make all of our city's parks, green spaces and waterways great places for people. We will do this by promoting good practice and supporting new methods in the design and management of our parks and green spaces. This will help preserve their intrinsic value whilst making them more relevant to the needs of a modern world city.

Find out about our framework for London’s green space network, the All London Green Grid, and projects such as Pocket Parks and the Big Green Fund, which support the improvement and enhancement of London’s green spaces.

A good example of how a park can be more than just a space for sport and recreation is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Pocket Parks

Pocket parks are part of the Mayor’s London’s Great Outdoors - the programme to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces across London. Pocket parks are small areas of inviting public space for all people to enjoy, providing relief from the hustle and bustle of the city.

These spaces have trees and greenery; they are open to all; they have places to sit and relax and for people to come together; and they contribute to making the city friendlier, greener and more resilient. £2 million of pocket park funding has been allocated to over 100 parks in 26 London boroughs.

Find out where your local Pocket Park is. 

Many of the parks share their work with blogs - see our top picks:

Baynes Street Canalside Garden - read about what their group of volunteers achieved over a week of hard work.

Parks on Wheels - read about the design competition that this group held to help create the mobile perfect park.

Lamlash Gardens - see the beautiful designs that were created in conjunction with the local community.

Help a London park

The Mayor’s Help a London Park scheme was one of the original initiatives established under the London’s Great Outdoors programme. It provided a £6million funding pot to improve eleven parks throughout the capital, making them cleaner, safer, greener and better places to visit and enjoy.

Following a public vote Burgess Park in Southwark was awarded £2m to support a major transformation. An additional ten parks were each awarded £400,000 for improvement projects. These were:

Avery Hill Park in Greenwich

Brent River Park in Ealing

Crane Valley Park in Richmond and Hounslow

Dollis Valley Greenway in Barnet

Fairlop Waters in Redbridge

Little Wormwood Scrubs in Kensington & Chelsea

Lordship Recreation Ground in Haringey

Mayesbrook Park in Barking & Dagenham

Parish Wood Park in Bexley

Wandle Park in Croydon

The Royal Parks

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks for free each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital. The Royal Parks (TRP) manages these spaces and almost everything in them.

The Royal Parks are Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, The Green Park, The Regent’s Park (with Primrose Hill), Bushy Park, Greenwich Park and Richmond Park. TRP also manages other public spaces including Victoria Tower Gardens, Grosvenor Square and Brompton Cemetery.

Visit the Royal Parks website for more information.

The Royal Parks Board

In order to strengthen the ways in which Londoners can have a voice in the oversight and management of these great assets, The Mayor of London now appoints the Royal Parks Board with the agreement of the Secretary of State.

The Royal Parks Board meets quarterly, providing a strategic overview as well as guiding and challenging The Royal Parks (TRP) to ensure performance is maintained and improved. TRP is an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Meetings are not open to the public. However, agendas, minutes and other papers for meetings of this committee may be accessed by date.

Find out more about the board members and their board papers.