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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

How do you work with schools to promote the benefits of and enable outdoor education?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Since 2016 my Greener City Fund has supported 59 projects to green school playgrounds. These projects have supported outdoor education in schools by installing green screens and creating natural play areas and growing spaces. I have also provided 16,000 free trees to over 180 schools. Many more Greener City Fund projects have worked with schools, involving over 60,000 children.

To help schools discover green spaces beyond the playground, Wild About London launches this month as part of my London Curriculum. This free teacher resource features lesson plans to get outside the classroom and explore London’s wildlife and habitats. It has been developed with the Canal and River Trust, Field Studies Council, Kew Gardens, London Wildlife Trust and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This will help more children benefit from exploring, playing and learning outdoors. I have also supported the establishment of the National Park City Schools Network to meet these aims.