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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

The Wild Garden

This green, just opposite Ripple Primary School, has been transformed by local residents who

wanted everyone to engage with it in a different way. There’s already a bug hotel, a chandelier

in the tree, flowers growing in the planters plus much more! Come and get involved in the

upcoming sessions. Facebook page: "The Wild Garden"

Surrey Road Play Street

Saturday 2 November | 1.00 - 3.00pm

Surrey Road, Barking, IG11 7QT

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and friends!

This is a great opportunity for you to catch up with your neighbours and meet new ones before the cold weather sets in. You can find out more about the Wild Garden and see how you can get involved. Bring a plate of food to share with new and old friends.

 

Bottle Bugs

Saturday 16 November | 10.30am - 12.00pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT

Come and join local residents for a fun session of reshaping and painting plastic bottles into insects and flowers. The petals and wings will decorate the railings and trees of the Wild Garden. Bring along empty bottles and bottle tops.

 

Westbury Community Space

You may have noticed this Open Corner, by the flyover, transforming over the last year

with local people using it more and more. Come and get involved in the next steps and

meet other local residents!

 

Butterflies and Bugs

Saturday 16 November | 11.00am - 12.30pm

55 Ripple Road, Barking, IG11 7NT

The perfect way to brighten up an area is with colour! Come along to make and paint some butterflies and bugs, made at the warehouse, to decorate the Westbury Community Space.

 

Arnold Road Open Corner

Planting in advance for Spring

Tuesday 29 October | 11.30am - 1.30pm

Junction of Heathway Road and Arnold Road

Join local residents near Arnold Road green corner and help everyone to prepare the space for winter and spring seasons. The session will involve tidying the planters and planting a range of bulbs for spring.

 
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Peoples Corner is a communal green space close to the Church Elm Lane shop. This little patch of grass is being used by the neighbourhood to grow foods, practice gardening and exploratory play for children.

We are getting ready for Winter and are planning the space for Spring next year.

What would you use this space for? If you have any ideas e-mail: Jackie@weareeveryone.org or visit the Church Elm Lane shop.

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Planting in advance for Spring

Wednesday 23 October | 3.00 - 5.00pm

People’s Corner - Junction of Rectory Road and Church Elm Lane

This Autumn everyone will be preparing People’s Corner for winter and spring seasons to come. Join this session and help to transform the space by tidying the planters and planting some bulbs like daffodils and tulips and see them blossom in upcoming months.