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Greening London’s Hospitals

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

What plans do you have to work with the NHS to green London’s hospitals and other healthcare sites?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My new London Plan policy on Urban Greening will ensure that any new hospital or healthcare developments include additional greening such as green roofs, green walls, trees or biodiverse landscaping. I am producing guidance on sustainable drainage for hospital grounds as part of my London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan.

My Energy for Londoners RE:FIT programme is currently working with seven NHS Trusts in London, and pursuing more, to retrofit their estate to save energy and carbon. For example the RE:FIT project at St Helier hospital is saving the Trust £1m a year off their energy bill and 27% of carbon emissions.

In addition, my Greener City Fund - which provides £2million per annum for greening projects - has funded the creation of a therapeutic garden at the Maudesley Hospital, and pop-up plant nursery and pocket park at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.