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.
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.
In his second blog, Jesse looks back on some inspiring community gardens while planning for when the Garden can reopen and beyond.
This week Jesse talks about how the Hall's changing exhibitions are shaping the Community Garden and its design.
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.
To celebrate National Volunteers’ Week, Jesse highlights the invaluable contribution of volunteers in the Garden at Rainham Hall.
The nearly three acre Gardens at Rainham Hall provides an oasis of urban green space for visitors to enjoy for free all year round.
During lockdown we filled the windows with colourful butterflies for all the essential workers walking past the Hall. Thank you everyone who sent in artworks!
Download free learning resources about nature and wildlife from the Rainham Hall Community Gardens.