Dagenham Brook, which runs through Leyton Jubilee Park, will benefit to the tune of over £30,000 after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan awarded a Community Green Space grant to fund improvement and maintenance works.
The money will fund Waltham Forest Council’s partnership with Thames 21, London’s rivers trust, for a third year and means that ongoing improvements to the section of the brook flowing between the current park and Ive Fam Fields can be completed. This is in advance of Leyton Jubilee Park being expanded to include Ive Farm Fields later this year.
A celebration event will take place on Saturday 24 March where a sculpture will be unveiled by local artists Poppy Flint and Gemma Seddon. They received an Arts Development Grant from the council for a community arts project A Tale for Dagenham Brook, leading a series of community engagement events exploring what Dagenham Brook means to local residents.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “There’s no better way to welcome spring than by joining us at Leyton Jubilee Park on Saturday 24 March as we unveil this fantastic sculpture by two talented local artists. It’s a great demonstration of how art and nature go hand-in-hand in Waltham Forest, further supporting our London Borough of Culture bid.
“The Community Green Space grant will be used to make a vital difference for residents and visitors, opening up more green space for them to enjoy – which at the same time helps combat air pollution, improve mental health and boost biodiversity.”
There’s more good news for Leyton Jubilee Park as it has also secured an additional £5,300 for extra tree-planting through the Mayor’s Community Tree Planting grants.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq 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.”