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London’s historic Grosvenor Square is set to be transformed under a new biodiversity initiative. 

UK developer and investment manager Grosvenor, which owns the six acre square in London’s Mayfair, has been granted planning permission to turn it into a garden with “ground-breaking environmental credentials”.  At present the square is mainly grass, with a number of trees.

James Raynor, CEO, Grosvenor Property UK, said: “The pandemic underscored the lack of high-quality green space in central London that makes room for both people and nature. This incredible project will deliver much of what is needed so badly – creating an exceptional environment for everyone who lives in, or comes to, the area.”

The plans will add 24 trees to the square, as well as 2 acres of new planting, with five times as many plant species. The square will gain water features, seating education facilities and play spaces to make the gardens more useable for the public.

Grosvenor says the added planting will act as a carbon sink and improve air quality.