Management of Havering-atte-Bower’s Bedfords Park Walled Garden project to be taken over by Havering Council
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 19 April 2018
The council has announced it will take over a community garden project, after turning down a proposal to turn it into a charity to help keep it running.
Since 2013, Clear Village Charitable Trust has been the recipient of a Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant, which they used to transform the derelict Bedfords Park Walled Garden, in Havering-ate-Bower, to a community-focused food growing space.
But as Clear Village will no longer receive the funding, the charity will hand over the keys to the council-leased site next week.
Volunteers proposed to turn the project into an official charity, creating a garden centre and cafe, selling food they would grow, but this was rejected.
Havering Council will take over the site later this month.
Kirsty McArdle, a volunteer from Clear Village Charitable Status said she is “delighted”.
A council spokesman said: “We are working to improve the long-term management of the garden and make this a sustainable space for growing and serving the community.”