"Stephen Williams and Thomas Ermacora in the Walled Garden"

Summer Programme in the Walled Garden

Clear Village has been commissioned by Havering Council to run a programme for children during the summer holidays 2014 in the Walled Garden. The programme invites children to take part in a playful, inventive and unique experience of discovery about food.  They’ll learn how to grow it and how to cook some recipes, but more […]

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Stephen Williams MP visits the Walled Garden

On Tuesday the 10th of June we were very pleased to welcome Stephen Williams MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to Bedfords Park Walled Garden. The minister made the visit on behalf of the Social Investment Business Group (SIB) grants, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local […]

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A large new grant for the Walled Garden!

Breaking news: we have just received a major grant from the SIB Group. DCLG Minister Stephen Williams announced the names of the 17 successful recipients of the Community Ownership & Management of Assets Capital Grant today, who will receive capital investments totalling just over £5m for ambitious and innovative ideas for a local building or […]

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The Walled Garden is harvesting awards

Not only are we harvesting the vegetables we sowed this late spring, we are now also harvesting awards! In September we were thrilled to receive a “thriving” award in the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards ceremony. It’s Your Neighbourhood is a grassroots community gardening campaign organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. The award recognises achievements for […]

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Schools Harvest Festival week

Almost 650 children aged 5 to 10, including 30 disabled children and young adults, visited the Walled Garden in Bedfords Park for our Harvest Festival week. The festival was jointly organised by Clear Village, the London Borough of Havering and Essex Wildlife Trust. We taught the children that the original carrot from Afghanistan was purple […]

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Magical Midsummer’s Night in the Walled Garden

Midsummer’s night lived up to its magical reputation in the garden. The night of the 21st of June saw around 100 people come for the first public viewing of the garden in over 200 years. Guests walked around the newly planted beds while garden experts explained the methodology and purpose behind some of the more […]

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Big Dig in the Walled Garden

With the growing season upon us, the garden team needed to get the walled garden ready to plant. The polytunnel walls were recently refurbished by Havering Parks and made a perfect, protected space for garden seedlings to grow. Unfortunately, the area within the tunnels had been overrun with chest-high weeds and brambles, and our gardeners […]

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The Walled Garden featured in the Ecologist

Freelance journalist, researcher and editor Laura Sevier has written an insightful article in The Ecologist about The Walled Kitchen Garden. The open-aired Lab took place in Bedford’s Park, near Romford (Essex, UK), and aimed to restore a neglected, walled kitchen garden for the community’s Food Growing. Clear Village provided staged actions and design advice that revitalised the garden and community. […]

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Breaking Ground in the Walled Garden

Perfect weather arrived in East London just in time for our Walled Garden Lab in Bedfords Park, near Romford. Working with the Havering Borough Council and Friends of Bedford Park, Clear Village assembled a keen group of volunteers, known as the Garden Angels to kickstart a community food growing project in an abandoned walled kitchen garden. The […]

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