London Mayor funds 33 new pocket parks in the capital

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced funding for 33 new pocket parks across 17 London boroughs.

According to his office the programme is on track to deliver 100 mini green spaces with 60 projects now underway.

The pocket parks, all around the size of a tennis court, are springing up in unused spaces around the capital thanks to £2m funding from the Mayor’s office.

Projects in Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, and Westminster have received a total of around £800,000 in the second round of funding for the project.

Of these 13 are being delivered by community groups supported by charity Groundwork. The rest are delivered by community groups or local authorities with no single landscaping firm involved.

Each project is required to match the funding from City Hall. To help community groups raise the required match funding, a pocket park cluster has been created on crowd funding platform Spacehive.

In Haringey, thanks to £30,000 from the Mayor, a small piece of rundown land will become the vibrant West Green Road Tropical Park, a lush oasis filled with unusual tropical plants.

In Stratford a car park rooftop will be transformed into a fruit orchard, meeting place and event space for the local community with £25,000 from City Hall.

It will also act as a nursery for trees to be planted elsewhere in the borough.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "It’s fantastic to see my pocket parks really taking root across the capital and creating something special out of London’s forgotten pint-sized plots of land.

"These small urban havens make this city an even better place to live, work and invest – the best big city on earth."

Haringey Borough Council cabinet member for environment said: "Creating a cleaner, greener West Green Road to support businesses and boost trade is an important part of our ambitious plans for Tottenham. This funding will help us create an urban oasis that will give shoppers the chance to take a breather in a flourishing green corner of Tottenham."

The parks are being built by spring next year.


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