I want all Londoners, especially children, to have access to green space and nature. To date, I have awarded funding to over 250 community-led projects including 59 projects to green school playgrounds.
BAME Londoners are more likely to live in areas of higher deprivation which tend to have fewer green spaces. My grants are supporting investment in these neighbourhoods to create more attractive outdoor spaces. This year over half of the 54 community projects awarded funding are in London’s 20 per cent most deprived wards, for example, the new nature adventure area at Elam Street Open Space in Lambeth.
My National Park City Festival in July 2019 targeted Londoners who tend not to use green spaces. Of the 90,000 attendees 35,000 were children, 23,000 BAME Londoners and 9,000 18-24-year olds.
Learning from the festival will be used to engage younger BAME Londoners in future events.