Countryside puts down roots at Barking community garden


Countryside has helped to kickstart the community garden at the William Bellamy Children’s Centre in Barking & Dagenham, a short walk from Countryside’s Trinity Place development, through the provision and installation of two raised beds. These raised beds will support the community food club, also based at the centre and will allow members to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The community food club provides discounted food for local residents who are struggling financially and was also kickstarted by Countryside through the provision of equipment to store the food, including two new fridges.

The community supermarket offers not only discounted produce, but also educational classes and activities, including services that enable residents to make positive changes to their lives. 

A number of fruit trees will also be installed in the coming weeks, which, alongside the raised beds that were installed by Acer Landscapes on behalf of Countryside, will provide the local community with homegrown, organic food. This forms part of the community centre’s ‘Seed to Plate’ programme that will allow local residents to learn and practice the skills required to grow and maintain a garden.

Paul Sweeney, Communities and Customer Services Director, Partnerships South, Countryside, said: “We’re so proud to continue our support of the William Bellamy Children’s Centre, which is making such a valuable contribution to the Barking & Dagenham community.

“By giving a helping hand in starting the community garden, we can plant the seeds that will help local people to enhance their lives. With a number of developments in the area, we’ve made a far-reaching commitment to Barking and Dagenham that goes beyond just building new homes and supporting worthwhile initiatives like this community garden is a key part of this.”