London,
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March
2015
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Over £72,000 to support Haringey charity in improving London’s environment

The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, has awarded £72,900 to Haringey-based Bridge Renewal Trust for its healthy living project.

Haringey Council figures show the borough is the fourth most deprived in London, and 24 per cent of households (approximately 23,500) fall below 60 per cent of the national median household income threshold. Many have limited access to outdoor space and lack knowledge about growing food and healthy cooking.

The grant from City Bridge Trust will enable Bridge Renewal Trust to transform an under-used green space near a community hut into a thriving communal garden and to offer 60 family sessions each year. Local residents are invited to join these activities and learn about gardening, cookery, and food safety, as well enjoying the food that they have grown. In addition, after-school sessions will be run for local school children – to teach them about the nutritional and other benefits of growing food.

Rachel Hughes, Chair of The Bridge Renewal Trust, said:

“The City Bridge Trust grant is great news – it will help put the heart back into the Tiverton estate and surrounding areas in South Tottenham, bringing community gardening and cooking to local families. More than healthy food and physical activities, this grant will help us bring people together and provide a springboard for better health and wellbeing.”

Jeremy Mayhew, Chairman of City Bridge Trust, said:“Improving the health and well-being of the wider community in practical ways is challenging, but essential. Bridge Renewal Trust’s healthy living project will use green areas to raise awareness about healthy living and also brings communities together to improve well-being.”­

City Bridge Trust is the grant-making arm of Bridge House Estates, whose sole trustee is the City of London Corporation. It supports London’s charities and provides grants totalling around £15 million annually. City Bridge Trust is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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Media enquiries: Julie Zhu, Media Officer, City of London Corporation

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E julie.zhu@cityoflondon.gov.uk

About the City of London CorporationThe City of London Corporation has three roles: we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration and skills projects. The Corporation supports education - with three independent schools and three City Academies – plus a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. And – with its heart in London’s Square Mile - we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies and a long-term approach. See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for much more on our uniquely diverse role, including the City of London Police, etc.

The City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, makes grants totaling around £15 million annually to charitable projects across London. More information can be found at www.citybridgetrust.org.uk.