Communities urged to get planting and clearing green spaces in Mayor's spring clean campaign

Neighbourhood horticulture is set to benefit from a scheme launched today by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to clean up the capital.

The Mayor has announced £50,000 worth of grants to go to volunteers across the borough in the form of clean up kits and plant material worth up to £1,500 each. The scheme, in its eighth year, is supported by McDonald’s.

The money will go towards planting flowerbeds and litter picking from green spaces, as well as other spring cleaning initiatives such as painting over graffiti.

In Merton a clean-up kit and a grant of more than £750 will help young residents plant bulbs and clear up the area around their community centre.

In Bexley, £1,000 and a clean-up kit is helping local community charity Trust Thamesmead to lead litter-picking events at a busy dual carriageway overpass, part of the 50 mile Green Chain Walk public footpath across south east London. 

Last year almost 3,000 volunteers took part in 102 events across 30 London boroughs. 

Johnson said: "These welcome ‘face lifts’ to some of London’s grubbier corners are enabling Londoners to help make their city a greener, smarter and even better place to be."  

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

Last year’s clean-up events covered an area the size of 21 Wembley Stadiums. The thousands of volunteers collected more than 2,500 bags of rubbish, removed 91 tonnes of fly tipping, and planted 450 trees.

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