Dagenham school’s eco-garden in need of funds and volunteers

A school garden which has helped pupils to flourish in environmentally friendly ways is under threat from a shortage of funding.

Beam County Primary School, Oval Road North, Dagenham, has its own “eco-garden” which offers pupils a chance to learn outside with their own raised beds, fruit trees, a mock Anderson shelter, pond and vegetable patch.

The school’s aim is to make the garden self-sufficient in terms of funding, however it’s expansion has come to a halt as funding from Ford Dagenham has been exhausted and money raised from selling produce to parents has not proved to be enough.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, is encouraging businesses in Barking and Dagenham to support the garden.

“This is a fantastic project helping local children fully appreciate where food comes from, and the work that is involved in growing and producing. It is also a great way to endorse urban sustainability in the local area.

“It is not only a great ecological site for the community but also a fun and innovative place of learning for the children of Beam Primary School,” he said.

The school is looking to invest in polytunnels, timed sprinklers, extra raised beds, planters and more of the basics such as compost and seeds once funding becomes available.

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Volunteers are also needed to help maintain it.

If you are interested in helping contact Diana Huskie, parent support adviser at the school via email at dhuskie@beam.bardaglea.org.uk or call her on 020 8270 6024 or 07875 397731.

Alternatively contact the office of Mr Cruddas and ask for Andrew on 020 8984 7854.