Urban greening and green infrastructure are cost-effective ways of increasing environmental and economic resilience to ensure London remains a great city in which to live, work and invest. Urban greening measures can help reduce the urban heat island effect and surface water flooding, as well as improve the experience of the urban environment for residents, businesses and wildlife.
In order to catalyse urban greening in central London, the Greater London Authority has funded green infrastructure audits to identify opportunities for increasing green cover in 10 central London Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) or employer groups. Reports for participating BIDs and employer groups are listed at the bottom of the page.
In total around 500 hectares have been audited, which identified the potential for 300 rain gardens, 200 green walls and over 100 hectares of green roofs, as well as other small scale interventions such as planters and window boxes.