The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded £1.1 million to community projects across the capital to help them improve and create new green spaces.

This includes a community garden relocated following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and an area to test how garden designs can improve air quality.

The first year of the Community Green Space Grants will see 55 projects across 23 boroughs receive between £5,000 and £50,000 through the Mayor’s Greener City Fund.

Projects in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth are all receiving funding.

Mr Khan said: “Communities are crying out for high quality green space in their local areas, and I have listened to their great ideas.

“Whether it’s designing a new garden, planting trees or greening school playgrounds, these projects will transform local spaces, improve health and wellbeing and help clean up our toxic air – and young Londoners are getting involved too.

“I want London to become the UK’s first National Park City, with more than half the capital green by 2050 – and we’re already delivering.

“It’s vital that, as our capital continues to grow, all Londoners have access to open, green areas, and these projects will help make our city a greener, healthier place to live.”

Further funding rounds for these grants and the Community Tree Planting Grant Scheme will be announced later this year.

Applications are open until February 19 for larger projects to apply for the Mayor’s £2 million Green Capital Grants Scheme.

To apply go here