National Park City (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

What initiatives have been undertaken in Merton to promote and improve the National Park City designation?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London was confirmed as the world’s first National Park City in July 2019 in recognition of the ambitious policies and actions I am taking to make London even greener, healthier and wilder..

Since2016, I have invested over £20m in greening London: planting 420,000 trees, improving over 500 hectares of green space, and funding over 350 community projects.

My greening grant programmes have been open to applications from boroughs, charities and community groups. In Merton I have funded five community green space and tree planting projects, including  revitalising the garden of a children’s theatre in Wimbledon. I am also working with the National Trust to support the development of a green corridor in Morden through my Green and Resilient Spaces Fund.

I have supported the planting of 6,015  trees in Merton, through schemes including the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, community tree packs and tree giveaways.