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Barking and Dagenham has more green spaces than any borough in London. Along with the beautiful parks, the borough also has thousands of smaller pockets of green spaces. Residents would love to see some of these green spaces brought to life with new ideas, transforming them into useful spaces for growing, learning and playing.

How does Open Corners work?

It couldn’t be easier. The Every One Every Day team will support residents to bring their ideas to life as quickly and as easily as possible.

1. You and another neighbour get together and decide you would like to start a project nearby.

2. You contact the Every One Every Day team, by phone, email, by completing the form online, or by popping into your nearest shop.

3. Working with the team the process involves:

• A site visit to the space you have in mind.

• Some checks will be made with the council about the space.

• The Every One Every Day team supports you and helps you to arrange a design session to talk about your ideas to your neighbourhoods.

• Once an outline design has been put together the Every One Every Day team will help share these ideas with the wider group of residents to ensure that everyone is happy, and to gather further support for keeping your space tidy and clean.

“I think that creating the space within your community where you can come and do something creative, where you can produce something with your two hands is very powerful.” - Resident

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Ripple Road Open Corners

Upney Meadow

Just by Upney Station, Meadow Road has a patch of grass that is unused.

My name is Martin and I’ve lived in Upney for the last 3 years. I have wanted to be involved in changing this green space as it’s close to where I live, and would like to take some action to renew our sense of pride in our local area.

Together, we can create a place for planting, playing, sharing food and other gardening activities. The space can become somewhere that we all use everyday, that we can all enjoy and grow as a community.

 
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Co-design

Thursday 1 August | 6.00 - 8.00pm

Eastbury Manor House, Barking, IG11 9SN

Come along to this co-design session to share your ideas and be involved with the design of this green space.

Gardening and build

Saturday 10 August | 12.00 - 4.00pm

Meadow Road, Barking, IG11 9QP (Opposite Upney Station)

Are you green fingered? Come and take part in this gardening and build day where the ideas will turn into reality. Wear suitable clothes and footwear.

Westbury Community Space

Have you seen Westbury Community Space recently? The green corner in Barking has transformed completely. It has become a community garden taking on a life of its own with people in the area using it on a daily basis and now it’s time for the next stage-come and get involved!

Local residents Tim and Billy (as well as others) invite you to the sessions below. A great place to get involved and meet other local residents.

 
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Rainwater catcher - build

Saturday 29 June | 12.00 - 3.00pm

Wedderburn Road, Barking, IG11 7XF (between Wedder-burn Road and St Awdrys Road)

Have you ever built a rainwater catcher before? Want to learn how to make it with others? Come and join local resi-dents in building one for this community green. The water collected can then be used on the green.

Gardening and planter build

Saturday 13 July | 12.00 - 3.00pm

Wedderburn Road, Barking, IG11 7XF

(between Wedderburn Road and St Awdrys Road)

Could you help build a raised bed for planting? Do you want to grow herbs and other edible plants or learn how to do so? This will be a fun day outdoors, meeting others and transforming this green space by the flyover.


The Wild Garden

Junction of Essex Road and Ripple Road, IG11 7QL

Karen and Paul have come across an underused open corner in Barking. On one side of the underpass, there is a green patch that is asking for some attention and would be a wonderful place for everyone to grow, play and socialise. There is a mural celebrating the borough’s history and now it’s time to continue transforming the space with the theme ‘Alice in Wonderland”.

 
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The Wild Garden Co-Design

Thursday 4 July | 6.00 - 8.00pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking IG11 7NT

Why not take part in sharing ideas with others of how you would like to decorate this green space and to embrace the Wildness of it.

Karen and Paul have come across an underused open corner in Barking. There is a green patch that is asking for some attention and would be a wonderful place for everyone to grow, play and socialise. There is a mural celebrating the borough’s history and now it’s time to continue transforming the space.

Make Your Wild Garden

Saturday 13 July |11.00am - 4.00pm

Junction of Essex Road and Ripple Road, IG11 7QL

Come and take part in decorating the green space using the ideas and things made from the co-design session. Are you handy with a drill, enjoy painting or want to bring some food to share with others? It will be a fun day for all ages to get involved with.

Church Elm Lane Open Corners

Imagine a beautiful shared space for gathering, playing, growing and relaxing. This is exactly what local people are creating we would love you to join us.

Gardening on the green

Saturday 20 July

10.00am - 12.00pm

Junction of Heathway and Arnold Road

In early spring we began planting on the green. For this session, we’ll be continuing planting some leafy greens like kale and mizuna and harvesting some of the vegetables we planted. Join us for a relaxing dig, a chat and a cup of tea.

People’s Corner

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Local residents have chosen an area of green space in the heart of Dagenham to redesign together.

The area is located on the junction of Church Elm Lane and Rectory Road.

Come along and join residents to transform People’s Corner into a garden of tasty herbs, vegetables and blossoming flowers.

Plant Carrots and Beets

Thursday 18 July

12.00 - 3.00pm

On the Corner of Rectory Road and Church Elm Lane

For this session, we’ll be planting some leafy greens like kale and mizuna and harvesting some of the vegetables we planted. Join us for a relaxing dig, a chat and a cup of tea.

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Harvest

Saturday 10 August

10.00am - 12.00pm

On the Corner of Rectory Road and Church Elm Lane

Come together to transform this green space as a community. Take part in a range of gardening activities from building to planting to sharing hot drinks and refreshments.

 

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Open info session

Wednesday 31 July | 3.00 - 4.00pm

47 Thames Road, Barking, IG11 0HQ

Ever wanted to revitalise a green space near you? Hear how others have started planting, playing and even housing chickens in nearby shared spaces. Get inspired to take over spaces for the community to enjoy.