The finishing touches were made to a ‘pocket park’ in Greenwich in one of the borough’s pollution hotspots.

Councillors joined residents to plant a variety of shrubs, grasses, and perennials at The Mell Street Pocket Park, just off Trafalgar Road.

The park is one of three in the Trafalgar Road area, the others at Hoskins Street and Pelton Road, part of a range of interventions made to improve air quality as part of the Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) scheme.

Cllr Denise Scott McDonald, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “It’s fantastic to see the community coming together to embrace this beautiful and tranquil little park next to what is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the borough.

“Not only is it a lovely place to sit and have a rest but the trees and plants will help clean the air we breathe and store carbon to combat climate change.”

“Mell Street and the other pocket parks complement the improvements we’ve made to Trafalgar Road to make it easier and more pleasant to walk, cycle and a generally more people-friendly neighbourhood. ”

The park was developed in close consultation with residents who had their say on location, design and what was planted.