Natural England urges London councils and community bodies to apply for green space grants

Natural England is urging local authorities, charities and community bodies in London to apply for green space grants through its £25m Access to Nature scheme.

According to Natural England, [delete: which is] the Government's adviser on the natural environment, there has been a low number of London applicants compared to other parts of the country.

The Access to Nature grants range from £50,000 to £500,000 and are available for projects that provide new opportunities for people to explore the natural environment and green spaces.

Projects might include:

  • Engaging people to take part in recreation outdoors, such as programmes aimed at engaging children and teenagers with nature in parks and green spaces.
  • Development of apprenticeship schemes, volunteer training and skills development, training in field skills and traditional crafts.
  • Environmental education programmes to add value to out-of-school learning linked to local parks and green spaces.
  • Outreach work where there is potential to build bridges between communities and the natural environment.
  • Encouraging people to become volunteers so they can get involved in developing skills such as leading guided walks, running events and activities in their local park, carrying out habitat improvements.
  • Access to Nature is keen to fund projects that will benefit people living in urban areas.

London Parks & Green Spaces Forum development manager Anna Woollen said: "Natural England have had a lot less applications in London then anywhere else in the country and they are keen to remind people that the scheme exists so that London gets its fair share of the funds."

Regional advisers can help with the application process. Joanna Watson is the regional adviser for London.

Joanna Watson can be contacted on 0300 060 2436 or 0207 932 2242 or at

Access to Nature is funded through the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme and Natural England.

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