Chiswick House and Gardens awarded £50,000 from Rewild London

Image above: Chiswick House

Trust receive £50,000 to transform woodland wilderness

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust have received £50,000 as part of the Mayor of London’s Rewild London Fund. The fund was introduced to “help make the capital more resilient to climate change.”

Chiswick House & Gardens say the grant will help begin to transform 3.5-hectares of two existing woodlands into species-rich, biodiverse areas. The first step will be to establish a baseline through ecological surveys to identify species with low populations, that need to be increased, and high population species to protect and enhance.

The project will plant at least 100 trees and up to 250 shrubs to support a variety of biodiversity for now and into the future.

Rosie Fyles, Head of Gardens at Chiswick House & Gardens said:

“The gardens at Chiswick House are rich in life. We want to help the spaces flourish, both for environmental benefit and for our community and visitors from West London who enjoy the park so much. The Rewild London grant will help us make huge strides in our commitment to biodiversity and conservation in this much loved local space.”

The Rewild London Fund will allow 21 projects to be awarded a share of a £1 million to rewild communities across London, helping to improve the environment and make the capital more resilient to climate change.

Mayor says new fund is “one important way we are building a better London for all”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:

“This new rewilding funding will support the restoration of some amazing spaces in the capital, enabling Londoners to benefit from nature on their doorstep and help us to combat the impacts of climate change.

“I believe that all Londoners should be able to enjoy green spaces and that access to nature is a social justice issue. So I’m doing all I can to ensure that Londoners can enjoy wildlife wherever they are in the city.

“Once again we have worked very closely with community groups and organisations across London to find out what support they need rewild the city.

“By bringing back beavers, restoring river banks and proving spaces for wildlife to thrive, we are making London a greener and cleaner city for everyone whilst also making the capital more resilient to the effects of climate change. This is one important way we are building a better London for all.”