Grow Back Greener Fund
As part of a green recovery from COVID-19, the Mayor’s Grow Back Greener Fund has awarded almost £700,000 to 34 community projects that will create and improve green spaces across London. The fund is helping to address the inequalities in access to open space highlighted by the pandemic by prioritising projects in neighbourhoods with poor access to green space and high levels of deprivation.
Projects will also provide volunteering and training opportunities for Londoners, whilst helping to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies. The projects will be completed by September 2021, and include creating new community gardens, opening up previously inaccessible green spaces, converting grey road space to green, and greening housing estates.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens, working in partnership with Ewart Road Housing Co-operative, Young Lewisham, Sydenham Gardens, Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency and Dalmain Primary School, has been awarded £14,000 to improve green spaces in Forest Hill.
The project will include the design and build of new food growing and sensory play areas at Ewart Community Hall, alongside volunteer gardening clubs and training for adults and young people.