Fun, friendship and fitness in Barking community garden

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 February 2016

Kim Parks, Denise Brown, who chairs the scheme and Beverley Defreitas at the community garden site.

Kim Parks, Denise Brown, who chairs the scheme and Beverley Defreitas at the community garden site.


A new garden for the William Street Quarter could bring people together.

Over the past three weeks the Post has been profiling the finalists which have been shortlisted for a share of £30,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme.

The final group is the William Street Quarter Committee community garden scheme.

Situated just a few minutes from Barking town centre, the William Street Quarter has provided hundreds of new homes.

However, some residents are concerned that the area lacks a sense of togetherness.

Chair of the committee, Denise Brown, believes a new garden could help create a much-needed community spirit.

She said: “It’s a brand new community, we need somewhere we can get together and be a community.

“We have 200 new homes here, in a garden people can talk.

“There are open spaces we want to develop for children to play in and where parents and families can all get together.”

Kim Parks, committee treasurer, added: “There are so many different kids and people living here, we need to know how to get on with each other.”

A play area with swings, a running track and areas to sit and talk would transform two unused green spaces into somewhere everybody can feel welcome and safe.

Denise said: “We’d like to get some exercise logs for the middle of the garden and parents could use them to sit down on as well.

“A tarmac track could be used by bikes or for running.”

Denise said that the only limits on how to use the space will be people’s imaginations

“Young people have a dance group and at the moment they use the street to practice,” she said.

“If the garden was open, they could practice in a safer area.”

Kim added that people of all ages would be welcome in the garden.

“On the estate we have people from 0 to 60 years old.

“We want people to talk to everyone and get to know people from all parts of the estate.

“The only time we get to see each other, apart from passing on the street, is at ASDA.”

Voting opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday March 6.

Simply cut out the coupon on page 28 of this week’s Post and swap it for a token at Tesco’s or pick up a token to vote with your shopping.

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