Young people brightened up Warren Street and Whitfield Street today with plants and flowers as part of a community planting day, aided by some corporate sponsorship.

Group of young people in park.
Young people from Fitzrovia Youth in Action and local residents take time out after greening their neighbourhood.

Local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) were awarded a £1,000 grant from the Mayor’s Fund for London and the Santander Foundation which enabled them to bring local residents and young people together to create a sense of pride and ownership in their streets and create a more attractive and greener environment.

Ten young Londoners worked with five members of Youth in Action staff and invited neighbours to join them in preparing flower beds in and around Warren Street.

Staff from Veolia, which provides environmental services for Camden Council, also pitched in to make the day a success.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “The Mayor’s Fund for London City Pitch demonstrates the pride young Londoners have in their city. It is an opportunity for them to make their community a better place for everyone and it is inspiring to see how passionate they are about making a difference. Not only that, it’s a brilliant chance to learn new skills throughout the process of creating an idea, pitching and then implementing it.”

Chandresh Meghji, branch director at Santander’s Tottenham Court Road branch, said: “The work that Fitzrovia Youth in Action is undertaking is helping to improve life in this city. The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are delighted to continue to work with the Mayor’s Fund for London to invest in young Londoners and ensure these great ideas get off the ground and make a real difference to local communities.”