The funding will enable the Transform project, in which 20 land sites will be turned into green spaces or community gardens, to be expanded. This will enable communities in the Olympic host boroughs to come together to improve many more sites.

Project sites will be nominated by local people and each project will have, at its heart, the involvement of local volunteers in planning, delivery and future maintenance of the community space.

SITA Trust, who distributes landfill communities funds donated by SITA UK, said the project would help create a lasting legacy of London 2012 that is both driven forward and sustained by the communities who live in the Olympic host boroughs.

Sustainability Minister Lord Taylor has come out in support of the scheme. He said: “Transform’s plan for turning derelict land into community gardens will make a big difference in improving the local environment for the whole community and local wildlife.”

Maxine Perella

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