Community Gardening at Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall's Community Gardener Jesse Lock is developing an oasis of urban green space in Havering, East London, with the help of local people and a dedicated team of volunteers. Since having to close the gates in March 2020, Jesse has been carrying out essential maintenance and working on plans for the future when the Garden can reopen. Follow along for a glimpse behind-the-scenes in this new regular blog.

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Cherry blossoms with Rainham Hall in the centre of the background, looking across the upper lawn.

Dig for victory (over the weeds!) 

How does a community garden survive when the gates close due to a worldwide pandemic? In this first installment, Jesse Lock gives an update on the Garden since the closure.

The view from the back door of the upper lawn, central path and symmetrical stone urns.

Looking back to look forward 

In his second blog, Jesse looks back on some inspiring community gardens while planning for when the Garden can reopen and beyond.

Wavy patterns mown into the lower lawn at Rainham Hall, a nod to the fish pond once in its place.

Exhibitions and Garden Design 

This week Jesse talks about how the Hall's changing exhibitions are shaping the Community Garden and its design.

The upper lawn at Rainham Hall with paths mown into the long grass.

Sustainable Gardening 

Jesse explores the early beginnings of his passion for the environment, how gardens can help out natural habitats and wildlife, and suggests some easy things you can do at home.

Staff and volunteer in the garden at Rainham Hall, Havering, London

Celebrating Volunteers 

To celebrate National Volunteers’ Week, Jesse highlights the invaluable contribution of volunteers in the Garden at Rainham Hall.