As referred to in your 2018 press release regarding your £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste, how far away are you from your goal for London to become the first National Park City, by funding more tree planting & green spaces?
This goal was achieved in July 2019, when the National Park City Foundation confirmed London as the world’s first National Park City, endorsed by the International Union for Nature Conservation (Urban Alliance), ICLEI and World Urban Parks.
The funding for tree planting and green spaces announced in 2018 was part of my Greener City Fund, which in total has invested £13 million in over 300 projects that have enhanced more than 400 hectares of green space.
This includes planting over 280,000 trees, more than the previous Mayor planted over his two terms. Funding has also been allocated for a further 140,000 trees to be planted by March 2022, including creating 85 hectares of newly accessible woodland in the Green Belt.
My funding has supported over 200 community green space projects focused on improving access in areas of highest need, most recently through my Grow Back Greener Fund. I have also funded 6 major capital schemes including a new swimming lake at Beckenham Place Park, restoring the Turkey Brook in Enfield, and creating new habitats to improve biodiversity at Brent River Park in Ealing.