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 Bedfords Park garden centre holding an event for people with mental health issues.

The Bedfords Park garden centre holding an event for people with mental health issues.


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.”

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