10 Environmental Organizations in London

In this article, we discuss environmental organizations in London that help support nature and combat climate change.

In the UK alone, there are heaps of environmental organizations, all taking action to combat the issue of environmental degradation and other related environmental problems and challenges.

Many of these organizations are local, state, federal, and non-profit. They use the power of collective voices to campaign and advocate for adequate environmental protection and conservation. However, I’m going to focus on the environmental organizations found in London City, United Kingdom.

To help you out, I’ve put together a guide to some of the best environmental organizations in London. These are all making a difference when it comes to protecting the planet and fighting against environmental disruption and destruction

These environmental organizations are all taking critical action on the environment and climate change.

Environmental Organizations in London

10 Environmental Organizations in London

Below, we listed and discussed a few environmental organizations in London. They include:

  • Greenpeace
  • Greenspace Information for Greater London
  • London Environmental Network
  • Earthsight
  • OneClimate
  • Trust for Urban Ecology
  • Habitats and Heritage
  • Trees for Cities
  • The Conservation Foundation
  • London Ecology Unit

1. Greenpeace

Greenpeace is a global environmental movement founded in 1971. This movement is a group of individuals who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction.

It is a non-profit environmental organization whose vision is a greener, healthier, and more peaceful planet that can sustain life for generations to come.

The organization does not accept any funding from governments, corporations, or political parties. Instead, its work is funded by ordinary people. That means Greenpeace is free to confront governments and corporations responsible for the destruction of the natural world and push for real change.

Greenpeace does this by investigating, documenting, and exposing the causes of environmental destruction. It works to bring about change by lobbying, utilizing consumer pressure, and mobilizing members of the general public. And it takes peaceful, direct action to protect the Earth and promote solutions for a green and peaceful future.

2. Greenspace Information for Greater London

This is the environmental record center for Greater London. It began as the London Biological Recording Project in 1996, and later in 2006, it became the city’s environmental record center.

Greenspace Information for Greater London obtains information about wildlife, nature reserves, parks, gardens, and other open spaces and makes it available through its website to partner organizations and environmental consultants.

Public access to the website is restricted to information not considered sensitive. GiGL works with over 50 partner organizations in London.

3. London Environmental Network

This is a London-based environmental charitable organization also found in Ontario, Canada. They help to protect our environment and build a more sustainable city by offering environmental programs and climate action opportunities for all residents.

LEN has a vision of being known as one of the greenest and most resilient cities in London.

4. Earthsight

This is an environmental organization that believes in the unique power of primary investigative research and reporting to bring attention to pressing issues of human rights and environmental justice.  

Earthsight makes use of in-depth investigations to expose environmental and social crime, injustice, and the links to global consumption. It seeks to harness this power both by carrying out investigations and helping others to conduct their own.

5. OneClimate

OneClimate is a non-profit jointly founded by Anuradha Vittachi and Peter Armstrong in 2006, with its headquarters in London, United Kingdom. It focuses on internet climate news, social activism, and social networking sites.

In December 2007, Ed Markey became the first United States politician to utilize the medium of Second Life, through which he addressed the delegates of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali as part of OneClimate’s Virtual Bali event. It was estimated that the CO2 saved in not flying Representative. Markey to Bali was around 5.5 tons.

OneClimate received international media attention during the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference for its ‘Virtual Bali’ initiative, and also during the COP15 event in Copenhagen.

In 2008, OneClimate ran Virtual Poznań for COP14 in Poland. Notable speakers included Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Yvo de Boer and The Age of Stupid Director, Franny Armstrong.

In May 2010, The Guardian also named OneClimate as one of the 50 key people to follow on Twitter.

6. Trust for Urban Ecology

The Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE) is a London-based ecological organization founded in 1976, and it’s part of The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV).

The founding was as a result of Britain’s first urban ecology park which was set up by ecologist Max Nicholson and a group of like-minded conservationists.

Max Nicholson, the trust’s founder, was also instrumental in setting up the World Wildlife Fund and became the 2nd Director General of the Nature Conservancy Council.

 The trust’s first site, the William Curtis Ecological Park, was created on the site of a derelict lorry park near London’s Tower Bridge. The William Curtis Ecological Park was always intended to be temporary and in 1985 the land was returned to its owners. By this time the trust had already created two new nature parks and it would later acquire another two.

7. Habitats and Heritage

Habitats and Heritage is a registered charity founded in 2020 based at East Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It works in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Hounslow, Kingston, Wandsworth, Ealing and Merton.

The organization was formed when the Environmental Trust for Richmond upon Thames merged with the South West London Environmental Network (SWLEN) in the autumn of 2020. It adopted its present name in November 2020.

It aims to understand the deep connection between urban nature and history by taking care of the local landscape; its wildlife, ecosystems, and heritage.

The organization is located at ETNA Community Centre,13 Rosslyn Road, East Twickenham, TW1 2AR (London Borough of Richmond upon Thames), England, UK.

8. Trees for Cities

Trees for Cities is a London charity founded in 1993 by a group of four friends: Jake Kempston, Belinda Winder, Jane Bruton, and Julian Blake. It aims to plant urban trees and create greener cities.

The charity was initially called Trees for London with the charitable objectives to “advance the education of the public in the appreciation of trees and their amenity value, and in furtherance of this the planting and protection of trees everywhere, and in particular inner city areas”.

In 2003, the charity changed its name to Trees for Cities to reflect a growth in activities in cities across the UK and across the globe.

Since 1993, the organization has reported that 125,000 volunteers have planted over 1,200,000 urban trees in parks, streets, woodlands, schools, hospitals, and housing estates.

The charity also runs the Edible Playgrounds program, which aims to inspire school children to grow and eat healthy food.

The organization’s headquarter is at Prince Consort Lodge in Kennington, London SE11, a Grade II listed building located in Kennington Park, in the London Borough of Lambeth, England.

9. The Conservation Foundation

Co-founded in 1982 by David Shreeve and David Bellamy, The Conservation Foundation works to inspire, enable, and celebrate positive environmental action.

The charity creates and manages environmental projects, award schemes, awareness campaigns, publications, and events covering wide-ranging issues, all aimed at different and diverse audiences.

These initiatives have the aim of reaching as many people as possible and sharing the benefits of conserving and protecting our natural environment.

The Foundation also acts as an environmental incubator. Funding helps fledgling environmental organizations get off the ground and helps them turn good ideas into fundable projects. This creates a network of organizations that are a force for good.

10. London Ecology Unit

This is an Ecology Unit in London that provides advice to London boroughs on nature conservation issues between 1986 and 2000.

In 1982 the Greater London Council (GLC) established an Ecology Team, which commissioned the London Wildlife Trust to survey wildlife sites in London.

The GLC was abolished in 1986, but the work of the Ecology Team was carried on by the LEU, working with a joint committee of London boroughs, the London Ecology Committee. In April 2000 the LEU was merged into the newly established Greater London Authority.

It published a series of handbooks, some on specific conservation issues, and some which gave detailed descriptions of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) in each borough.

The handbooks provided a basis for addressing nature conservation in the boroughs’ Unitary Development Plans and for policy decisions in planning and leisure services.


All these organizations and many more help to checkmate the impact of human activities and natural factors that drive degradation on the planet within the city and beyond.


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Ahamefula Ascension is a Real Estate Consultant, Data Analyst, and Content writer. He is the founder of Hope Ablaze Foundation and a Graduate of Environmental Management in one of the prestigious colleges in the country. He is obsessed with Reading, Research and Writing.

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