MD1429 Park and trees programme 2015-16

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD1429
Date signed: 
19 December 2014
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

The Mayor’s strategies on Air Quality Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity, commit to improving London’s green spaces. His “All London Green Grid” sets out a vision for a network of green infrastructure that, through appropriate design and management, can provide a range of services and benefits including: flood management; urban cooling; improving physical and mental health; walking and cycling routes; ecological connectivity; and food growing.

Funding of £1,000,000 has been allocated to a parks and trees programme for the period 2015/16 in order to support the delivery of the “All London Green Grid” and as a distinct green strand of the broader London’s Great Outdoors programme. The proposed allocation of this funding was considered at the Mayor’s Investment and Performance Board (IPB) of 16 October 2014. The IPB endorsed the proposal.

The funding will see support for, and delivery of, up to 5 spatial projects by March 2016, which would result in the enhancement of at least 20 hectares of green infrastructure and an increase in London’s tree cover to help meet the Mayor’s target on increasing tree cover by 5 per cent by 2025.

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