New fund could support play

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new £9m fund to create and improve green spaces and encourage more tree planting in London.

The Mayor wants to make London the first National Park City with a target of making 50 per cent of the city green by 2050. To do this, we want to plant more trees, restore our rivers, create natural play-spaces for children and green routes to encourage walking and cycling.

The first commitment towards this is the Greener City Fund, a grant programme to support boroughs, local communities and environmental organisations to plant more trees and improve our green spaces. Amounts awarded will generally be between £5,000 and £20,000 although in exceptional cases awards of up to £50,000 could be made. There are two grant streams available: the Community Tree Planting Grants; and Community Green Spaces Grants. The latter could support the transformation of paved spaces into play spaces or community gardens and applications close on 20 October 2017.

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