The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan visited the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew this week, to encourage community groups to apply for his £1m Greener City Fund.
The Fund is to be used to deliver more air quality improving trees, plants and green play areas in every neighbourhood.
The Mayor wants to protect London’s Green Belt and help make the capital the world’s first National Park City. His £1m Greener City community fund is part of his wider £9m funding to help schools, boroughs and local groups improve their local environments.
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are currently available for groups to apply and details are on the London Gov website. Grants can be used for a range of projects from lining walking routes to schools with air quality boosting trees, to creating mini play spaces and community gardens in built-up areas.
The Mayor also met Kew Gardens horticultural students and scientists to hear more about Kew’s world class research that is helping the environment and improving Londoners’ health.
Khan, said: “In London we are battling a toxic air health crisis which is contributing to over 9,000 premature deaths every year and damaging our children’s lungs.
“Kew Gardens and its 14,000 trees, tropical plants and palms is one of the many outstanding green spaces in London and highlights why we should become the world’s first National Park City.”
Richard Deverell, director of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, added: “Plants are the foundation of all life but they need people to be their champions. Plants can be squeezed out of our lives, but everyone gains when we welcome them back into the heart of our towns and cities.”