Ealing Council has secured funding from the Mayor of London as part of improvements to tackle climate change across London that will see the capital improving 30 hectares of green space and plant over 100,000 new trees.
In Ealing, £746,125 has been given to The Green Ring which is a 6.3km circular route connecting six parks in Northolt – Belvue Park, Lime Tree Park, Islip Manor Park, Rectory Park, Smiths Farm and Northala Fields.
The Mayor’s funding aims to increase the number of trees across London as well as making green spaces more accessible to residents.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “Trees, green spaces and the natural environment have a critical role to play in tackling the climate and ecological emergency, and planting 100,000 new trees, including 50 hectares of new publicly accessible woodland will help make London a better, greener and safer place for everyone.”
He added: “I’m doing all I can to boost London’s climate resilience and have awarded almost £30m in funding to vital tree planting and green space projects across the capital since becoming Mayor in 2016. I will continue to take bold action, particularly in the areas of the capital most vulnerable to climate change impacts.”
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, Ealing Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action said: “We are delighted that Ealing has secured this much-needed funding to support plans for developing Northolt Green Ring, adding to our existing active travel improvements in Northolt.”
Councillor Costigan added: “The funding will help us to improve connections to six parks in Northolt, whether our residents are walking, cycling or scooting, which we hope will encourage more active travel. It will also allow us to make the area greener, contributing to much cleaner air, as well as add sustainable drainage to prevent flooding, supporting our climate emergency actions. Finally, there will be exciting opportunities for the local community to take part in volunteering, planting, guided cycling and even walking tours.”
Speaking to EALING.NEWS, Ealing Green Party chair Neil Reynolds said: “The planting of more trees and connecting cycle routes is welcome. The success of the scheme will ultimately be reflected in the proportion of trees that survive into maturity. Planting new trees must not be used as a justification for the removal of mature trees at other developments.”