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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

 

St Awdrys

At the end of St Awdrys Road there is a green space undergoing a transformation! Have you seen it? Work has already started and it’s not too late for you to get involved. Carole and Tim who live on St Awdrys Road, got a play street up and running so they could meet their neighbours. Since then, they’ve been planning their next project with nearby residents. They’re all eager to make their street an even better place to live. Tim, Joanne, Billy, Mady and some others had the idea to create a natural oasis on the green corner. They met up during the autumn programme to plan changes to the underused patch. They worked with the Parks Team from the council to arrange the delivery of daffodil bulbs, train sleepers, soil and wood chip. The space has changed completely in the last few months, and there’s still lots to do. The locals want to construct bug hotels, make bird feeders, put up lights in the trees, and make it more inviting to all residents. We’ve planned some transformation days with the residents. This is your chance to join in, and to see how they took over an unused green space. You could even start a similar project on your street!

Westbury Community Space - Building day

Saturday 2 March | 10.00am - 4.00pm

Westbury Community Space - Building day Wedderburn Road, IG11 7QD (at the end of St Awdrys Road)

Can you hang bird boxes? Would you like to put together a bug hotel? Could you help build a raised bed for planting? If yes, then this is your chance to be a part of something exciting in your local area. Help make the space more inviting to people and wildlife. Do you want to see the area next to the flyover change into something more attractive and usable? Join other residents in transforming the space around the underpass on Wedderburn Road. Be a part of the tree planting, building and plant growing. You never know what you can achieve together!

 
 

Church Elm Lane Open Corners

 

Spring Wash

Thursday 7 March | 10.00am - 12.00pm

Dagenham Library Garden, 1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9NR

Ever wanted to use a jet washer? Well now is your chance! Come and learn how to use it or share your knowledge with others in this hidden garden in the library. You can meet other people that are interested in looking after their community green spaces as well.

Book Box

Thursday 7 March | 2.00- 3.00pm

116 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9RL

The People’s Library is here! Residents have already been swapping books inside our shop so let’s bring some reading joy to an outdoor space. Come and build the shelves and make this lovely little shed into a outdoor library for all to swap books from.

Mural Making

Thursday 21 March | 10.00am - 12.00 pm

Dagenham Library Garden, 1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9NR

Have you found the secret garden behind Dagenham library? It’s the perfect place to take time out from your busy routine. Last season local residents planted bulbs, this season the courtyard’s walls will be getting their own collaborative mural. Chat with neighbours while you get creative with colour and designs.

Let’s green together

Thursday 28 March | 1.00 - 3.00pm

116 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9RL

As Spring has arrived to People’s Corner, help plant bright flowers and grow seasonal veg in the new raised beds. Learn what grows best and how to look after them too in this fun interactive session.