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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.

What we are doing for London's parks and green spaces

The Mayor wants to make London the first National Park City with a target of making half the city green by 2050. We want to make all of our city's parks, green spaces and waterways great places for people.

We support green space projects through our Greener City Fund. See our guide to Green Capital grants which aim to support strategic green space projects. These projects will bring multiple environmental benefits such as river restoration in parks, new habitats for wildlife and improved space for play. 

Our groundbreaking report, Natural capital accounts for public green space in London shows for the first time the economic value of health benefits that Londoners get from the capital's public parks and green spaces.

Find out about our framework for London’s green space network, the All London Green Grid.

Find out about previous projects such as Pocket Parks and the Big Green Fund which have supported 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.

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.

The Royal Parks Board

In order to strengthen the voice of Londoners 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 keep up and improve their performance. 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.