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Mayor announces new rewild schemes to make the capital resistant to climate change

  • March 16, 2024
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Mayor announces new rewild schemes to make the capital resistant to climate change

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced a projects awarded a share of a £1 million to rewild communities across London, helping to “improve the environment and make the capital more resilient to climate change.”

The Rewild London Fund projects include schemes hoping to encouraging amphibians back to Archbishops Park, boosting beavers’ habitat in Enfield and transforming a neglected Victorian pond into a wildlife oasis.  The funding aims to improve the condition of 40 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) in London and some of the projects will help to clean up rivers that have been neglected for far too long.

This brings the Mayor’s total investment in rewilding London to over £2.4 million, which includes £750,000 from Amazon’s Right Now Climate Fund. In total, the fund will have helped to create or restore over 350 hectares of wildlife habitat – the equivalent of nearly 490 football pitches – across the capital, bringing nature back into the city for all to enjoy.    

London Wildlife Trust has been asked to act as delivery partner to take forward some of the London Rewilding Taskforce’s final recommendations including convening a London Rewilding Action Group (LRWAG). This will bring together experts in nature conservation, community engagement and sustainable finance to develop one or more large-scale rewilding pilots to be delivered in London. London Wildlife Trust will also conduct a review of the Sites of Importance in Nature Conservation (SINC) selection guidance to provide greater emphasis on upgrading sites and identifying the future pipeline of new SINCs.  

An additional £47,000 in funding for the Young Ambassadors tree planting programme has also been announced, part of the Trees for London Programme and New Deal for Young People Mission. The funding will help support learning about trees, planting and maintenance in at least 20 schools – giving young people the opportunity to engage in positive social action in their local communities, making school grounds greener, more pleasant places to work and play while providing shade and helping to encourage wildlife into the grounds.  

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