Big Green Fund

Big Green Fund

Our Big Green Fund invested £3 million to improving 11 areas of London by creating high quality open spaces that connected town centers, public transport hubs, employment and residential areas with parks, open spaces and the Thames.

The funds have made parts of London's more accessible through walking and cycling routes as well as helping London cope with the impacts of flooding or heat waves. These new spaces are better places to play, socialise, and more attractive to wildlife.

Six projects were completed 2013-2015

  • Walthamstow Wetlands, on the borders of Waltham Forest, Haringey and Hackney, provides people with an experience of open skies and waterscapes at the largest urban wetland in Europe.
  • The enhancements to Poulter Park & Watermeads on the borders of Sutton and Merton has helped deliver the emerging Wandle Valley Regional Park and contribute to making the Wandle London's cleanest river.
  • Thames Chase Green Destinations has made spaces such as the Dagenham Corridor, Ingrebourne Valley and Rainham Marshes in the Green Belt of Barking & Dagenham and Havering more accessible by bike and on foot.
  • In Bexley, the Lesnes to Crossness project links the history of Lesnes Abbey with the Crossness Pumping Station in Thamesmead. It has created a new green corridor and improved space for local residents and wildlife. Watch the time-lapse of the build.
  • Seeds of Change supports and trains local people to improve and manage spaces along the river corridors in the Colne Valley Regional Park and the Crane Valley in Hillingdon, Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond.
  • Lea River Park helps delivery Olympic legacy by supporting the regeneration of the Lower Lea in Tower Hamlets and Newham. The environmental improvements connect the Olympic park to the River Thames and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Seven projects were funded 2015-2016

  • The Duke’s River Link, straddling the boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow - This project has improved the social, historical and environmental value of the 500 year old Duke’s River, as a key recreational route for local people and a green corridor for wildlife.
  • Firs Farm Wetlands in Enfield - The project  created a substantial new wetland habitat capable of storing 30,000 cubic metres of flood water that will reduce flood risk to over 100 residential properties and the A10 trunk road. It has also restored 500m of river to the park creating an interesting and varied landscape and improving the ecology of the park.
  • Riding the Roding in the borough of Redbridge - this initiative made  some of the borough’s best riverside open space accessible to walkers, cyclists and less abled people. This project  created a new riverside cycle path between Wanstead Park Road Recreation Ground and Redbridge Roundabout.
  • The Stanmore Marsh Restoration scheme in Harrow - The project revitalised and improved the quality of an underused wetland and green open space. It is providing  a better environment for a more diverse wildlife, habitat, ecology, flora and fauna to prosper. The project will also help to prevent flooding across London through the creation of approximately 3000m³ wetlands creating a natural water storage area.
  • Thamesmead Thames Path Transformation in Greenwich - The stretch of Thames Path in Thamesmead has the potential to be a bustling route, offering all users fantastic views of the river, as well as a providing a direct walking and cycling connection between the residential area of Thamesmead and the local employment and transport hub of Woolwich. The route is almost entirely off-road, and directly adjacent to the river, making it a safe and appealing route for both leisure and commuter users. This project will complete in 2016.
  • The Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway in Hackney - Two new wetland wildlife reserves have been created by London Wildlife Trust at two Thames Water owned reservoirs at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney and Walthamstow Wetlands in Waltham Forest. The project has created a clearly-signed and greener route between the two sites and nearby public transport hubs (Manor House and Tottenham Hale) to create an enhanced visitor experience.
  • Access to Wandle Park in Croydon - The project will make improvements to walking and cycling facilities and create better access between Croydon town centre and the newly transformed Wandle Park. Works include tree planting, better lighting and the installation of zebra crossings between West Croydon station and Wandle Park around the Factory Lane car park on Pitlake; and, a new staircase with a wheeling channel on to the Jubilee Bridge at Cairo New Road to create a more direct route to the northern entrances of the park. This project will complete in 2016.

The Big Green Fund contributed to the direct delivery of the All London Green Grid - London's green infrastructure strategy. It complements the previous Mayor's Pocket Parks and Street Tree programmes and other greening that is delivered as a result of London Plan policy.