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14 July
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Sadiq Khan pledges to support 20 community-led projects

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to support 20 community-led projects, including the creation of a forest school,  children’s allotments and landscaping of run down community gardens.

Each project has been pledged up to £20,000 and are crowdfunding for the additional funds required to complete their projects. The crowdfunding, through Spacehive, allows members of the public to pledge money towards the project.

This round of pledges places an emphasis on healthy and sustainable food, in order to improve access to healthy food for communities. The pledges also focus on providing opportunities for local communities to take part in preparation and production of healthy food.

Paxton Primary school allotment in Lambeth aims to engage parents and volunteers from the community to support the school children with growing their own vegetables. The children will then sell them on at affordable prices.

The Phoenix Garden in Camden will use to the funds to landscape and refurbish their garden for its reopening after the construction of a new community building.

An underused piece of land at the rear of Ealing Alternative Provision School will be transformed into a Forest School, with the help of the surrounding community. The area will work to give hands on experience to young people as well as providing them with team building and problem solving oppurtunities.

A new workspace crèche set in a studio space in Dalston will have access to a community garden. It will provide an affordable solution for freelancers and creative entrepreneurs who are also parents, allowing them to get back to work sooner or start-up a new business.

Finally, the White House Community Garden, Dagenham, will be a new community garden on the Becontree Estate. The listed farmhouse on the site has already been renovated, and now the project is looking for funds to transform the garden into a social space for the local community to learn about gardening.

All the projects can be found on Spacehive and have up to 2 months to gather the rest of their funds needed.

Another round of the crowdfunding programme will take place in autumn 2016. The programme is part of the London Enterprise Panel’s (LEP) £20m London Regeneration Fund.

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