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PHOTO GALLERY: New Dagenham parklands open

PUBLISHED: 17:01 14 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:04 15 July 2011

Alfie McCartney with a water boat man

Alfie McCartney with a water boat man

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The borough’s newest park, 54 hectares full of nature and woodlands, celebrated its formal opening with a fun day.

Wall climbing, guided nature walks and face painting were just a few of the activities at the family fun day at Beam Parklands, Dagenham, on Saturday.

The event was the first over-seen by the park’s new ranger, Ruth Clarricoates.

Ruth said of the day: “It went really well, loads of people turned up so I am thrilled.”

It is the first of many events she hopes will attract people to visit the green space situated at the south of Rainham Road South and east of Ballards Road.

The park has been funded by more than £1.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund to protect the many species there and make it a space people can enjoy.

“It is an amazing space, like a little bit of countryside in this urban town,” Ruth added.

The ranger joined Barking and Dagenham Council from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust specifically to work for the parklands.

Talking of her hopes, the 29-year-old said: “I want people to realise this space is there for them to use. The programmes attract people to initially visit and then we hope they will visit again.”

Future activities include a walk along the river on July 24 and a storytelling and natural art session for under-fives on July 25. Children aged six to 11 can enjoy a mini-beast safari on July 28. All sessions are free and start at 10.30am.

n For more details of future activities, you can email Ruth at ruth.clarricoates@lbbd.gov.uk or contact her on 0785 993836.


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