2008 Manifesto: Protecting Our Local Environment

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Protecting and Preserving Open Spaces

Planting 10,000 street trees

"I will invest in 10,000 street trees to improve the local neighbourhoods that need them most."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson was delighted to plant the 10,000th tree on the 14 of February 2012. 10,000 trees have been planted in areas in 29 boroughs considered to be of greatest need since 2008 (link). Deprived areas are greener and more trees are in the ground thanks to Boris’s vision for a greener London.

Investing £6 million in making our open spaces safer and cleaner

"I will invest £6 million in making our open spaces safer and cleaner."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has dedicated a significant amount of his time as Mayor visiting schemes to improve our open spaces. Under the Help a London Park scheme, 11 parks including Crane Valley Park in Richmond and Wandle Park in Croydon have been awarded £6 million (link). Boris is also investing £390 million in 80 outdoor spaces projects over the next two years (link). In addition, Boris has been a vocal supporter of the Capital Clean-Up campaign to make London cleaner and greener for the Olympics 2012 by co-ordinating events from litter-picks to litter enforcement and education activities across the capital. Around 1,700 volunteers took part in nearly 150 events across 22 boroughs during the summer 2011 campaign (link).

Amending the London Plan to protect against development on gardens

"I will amend the London Plan to protect against development on gardens."
Status Update: Delivered

In 2010, the Government changed the definition of brownfield sites so that domestic gardens are not included and no local authority is obliged to build on gardens if it does not want to (link). These changes were reflected in Mayor Boris Johnson’s new 2011 London Plan, under which private residential gardens are no longer classed as previously developed land and boroughs are allowed to introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens in their Local Development Frameworks (link). Boris has also supported domestic gardens through the Capital Growth Project. 1,032 food gardens have been unveiled with a target of 2000 spaces by the end of 2012.  Grants from City Hall for the gardens range from £200 to £1,000 (link).

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