Artist's impression of the new Jubilee Gardens
Plans to transform Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank has been given a major boost after the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, pledged a £1.5m grant for the project.
The ambitious development will see the plain patch of grass turned into a landscaped garden in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and become a 'live site' for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Plans include a green park, flower beds, new lighting, a play area and planting new trees.
Lambeth Council hopes that Jubilee Gardens, which sits in the shadow of the London Eye and opposite the Houses of Parliament, will become a prime tourist destination.
Work will be completed in time for the 2012 Games
Local landowners, businesses, public authorities and community groups have been working on the project for several years and three-quarters of the £5.5m needed has now been raised.
Cllr. Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council, said: "Jubilee Gardens forms part of an iconic setting on the South Bank that is famous the world over and is visited by millions of people every year.
"The fact that this investment is coming in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen's Jubilee is fantastic news."
The Mayor of London's pledge of £1.5m for the project came as part of a £11.5m funding announcement for public spaces across London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: "When the world comes here during the 2012 Games we want the place to look its best and for people to have enjoyable journeys through the area."