Seven green spaces to be transformed, thanks to Londoners’

Seven green spaces across the capital are to be transformed with funding from the Mayor of London, after thousands of Londoners backed them in an online poll.

The projects, which aim to improve local green spaces, were shortlisted for funding by the Mayor’s Big Green Fund II in January. Londoners were then invited to vote online for their favourite scheme and, with more than 10,000 votes cast overall, the Mayor has decided due to the popularity of all seven schemes, each should get a share of the £900,000 fund.

The projects cover the length and breadth of the capital and range from the creation of a new riverside path in Redbridge and a Thames Path revamp in Thamesmead, to plans to restore a marsh in Harrow and a new wetland habitat in Enfield to help prevent flooding.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London is now home to more people than ever before and we need to improve our green spaces to accommodate our growing population and support our economy. We have received incredible interest in the Big Green Fund from every corner of London and are delighted that we can fund all seven of these fantastic projects.”

Simon Hughes, the Environment Agency’s Deputy Director London said: “The Big Green Fund is a great way to improve Londoners’ local environment and achieve other benefits such as helping to reduce flood risk.”

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