London supports a wide diversity of wildlife habitats, including woodlands, rivers and wetlands, heaths, hedgerows, gardens and scrub, supporting over 13,000 species. London’s gardens provide valuable habitat for a range of wild plants and animals, covering nearly a quarter of Greater London. They are a key resource for conserving London biodiversity and are also important with regards to the predicted impact of Climate change by decreasing flood risk and reducing the urban heat island effect.
London Sustainability Exchange delivers projects that engage communities with their green spaces, providing education and activities that work towards conserving and supporting biodiversity in the capital.
Our work focuses on directly engaging the public because:
- Gardens are a significant conservation resource, however their management is outside of government/authority control
- Research shows 75% of young Londoners are not connected to nature