Park friends and other community groups invited to apply for capital clean-up funds

A pot of £50,000 is available to community groups improving parks and other public space in this year's London Capital Clean-up.

London Mayor Boris Johnson
London Mayor Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on  Londoners to take part in the scheme, which has run since 2011 and awards grants of between £500 and £1500 to get interested parties started.

Community organisations, charities, small businesses and youth groups can apply for the grants and tool kits to tidy and brighten up their parks, streets, estates, residential areas and waterways. Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available, or a special clean-up kit, to bring volunteers together and create cleaner, greener and safer local environments.

Last year more than 3,500 volunteers took part in 222 Capital Clean-up events across 22 London boroughs in 9,000 hours of volunteering. They collected almost 3,000 bags of rubbish, transforming an area the size of 104 football pitches.

One project organised by the Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks in Greenwich, saw an abandoned council nursery transformed into a food growing area. A deserted, overgrown space contaminated by fly-tipping is currently being turned into an outdoor classroom for local schools lacking green space to encourage children to learn through exploring nature. 

Tim Anderson from the group said: "The highlight was seeing desk bound office workers and young people enjoying the physical work – clearing rubbish, moving compost and topsoil in wheelbarrows and building raised beds."

Johnson said that Capital Clean-up is about this kind of community action. "I hope more Londoners than ever before get involved in 2015 so that we can have a cleaner and more beautiful city for everyone to enjoy."

The scheme is supported by McDonald’s UK, which lent out hundreds of staff to get involved in last year’s project.

Head of sustainability Howard Gray said: "We support Capital Clean-up because we both understand that by revitalising a park, residential area or playing field you can do a huge amount to boost to local pride."

The Mayor and McDonald’s UK aim to attract 10,000 ‘clean-up local champions’ volunteers by summer 2016.

To apply for grants visit www.london.gov.uk/cleanup The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 March.


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