The Walled Garden is governed by a steering group that meets every three months and includes members from the three main project partners as well as other local organisations:
CLEAR VILLAGE CHARITABLE TRUST
Clear Village is the parent body of the Walled Garden. It’s a London-based creative regeneration charity and leads the restoration of the Walled Garden project and is the main driver for its development. Clear Village team members support the Walled Garden team in activities such as fundraising, business development and communications. Clear Village holds the lease for the Walled Garden from Havering Council.
LONDON BOROUGH OF HAVERING
Havering Council is the landowner of Bedfords Park and therefore the Walled Garden. Without the enormous support of the council the garden restoration would not have been so smooth. The Parks service particularly, supports the garden with practical assistance, helping with land management, soil creation and advice.
The Public Health team is increasingly supportive in providing help and advice particularly with schools and the Grow>Cook>Eat programme.
The garden has close links with the waste management team ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ and other recycling initiatives. Further advice and partnership working comes from staff from Havering’s Adult College and Dementia support staff.
FRIENDS OF BEDFORDS PARK
The friends group is a voluntary group carrying out practical land based and horticultural tasks dedicated to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of the landscape, features and habitats of Bedfords Park. They have been actively involved in the renovation of the Walled Garden since 2005.
Current Funding Partners
Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant
The Walled Garden received this grant in December 2014. The £333,000 grant will fund the majority of the costs involved in running the garden for the period 2015-2018. During this period we will develop and implement the programmes for our main beneficiary groups: school children, over 50s, the long-term unemployed, adults with special needs and young offenders. We will also develop the main income streams to make the garden financially self-supporting from 2018 onwards. At the end of the grant period we will be handing the management of the garden over to community management.
Veolia Environmental Trust
In 2012 we received a grant of £50,000 Veolia Environmental Trust as a contribution to rebuilding the West wall that fell down, contributing to the safety and security of the site. Another generous grant of £45,000 funds received in 2014 funds current works on improving the accessibility of the garden, facilities for rain water harvesting and a new entrance gate.
Previous Funding Partners
Big Lottery Local Food Grant
This grant enabled the project to begin. The funding for just over a year of £270,712 was for the development of the food growing, staffing and community
development side of the garden as well as improving the physical structure. Toilets have been provided and the site made safe. The grant ends 31 March 2014.
Social Investment Board
Community Assets Grant
This is a grant enabling community assets to stay within community ownership. This one off grant has enabled the 250 year old East wall to be made safe as it was leaning precariously. The rebuilding of the Pineapple and Fern glasshouses and the lean-to glasshouses on the north wall have all been made possible through this grant.
The £2,000 grant provided was for the specific purchase of tools and materials supplied from company of repute Burgon and Ball, Sheffield.
Provided the garden with a small grant of £750 to go towards the rebuilding of the Pineapple house. We will be buying pineapples plants with this money.
As well as the main partners helping to guide the process of development in the garden there are a number of other groups and individuals involved.
Seetec provide groups of adults who are long term unemployed, regularly to the garden. The purpose is to give them some work experience and get them back in to the work ethic; arriving on time, working well and in a team etc. The guys are an invaluable source of labour in the garden and we would not have been able to progress as quickly without them. Although some individuals are a little reluctant to begin with the magic of the garden wins them over and the majority of the workers enjoy their experience, some even ask if there are jobs and want to come back. http://www.seetec.co.uk
Over the last year we have seen a small but steady dedicated team of volunteers in the garden. Individuals come for many different reasons.
Some older people use the garden as part of their community visiting regularly and working on the land doing various things. Others use working in the garden as part of their exercise routine.
Young people have learned about growing their own food. With no experience at all to being able to grow their own food independently.
Some adults have disabilities and learning difficulties and use the garden as a community and a way of learning new skills in a safe environment.
Havco was formed to help voluntary and community events in the borough of Havering. Members are organisations and individual community members. HAVCO helps the garden with volunteers for specific events and supports our volunteers with training. http://www.havco.org.uk
HABCOS is Havering ate Bower’s Conservation Society. Although the garden and the Park is outside of the conservation area the group is supportive of the garden and promotes what we do. http://www.habcos.org.uk
Essex Wildlife Trust
Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity. It has more than 32,000 members, manages and protects over 7,250 acres of land on 87 nature reserves and 2 nature parks and runs 8 visitor centres. The aim of Essex Wildlife Trust is to Protect Wildlife for the Future. It is also our neighbour in Bedfords Park and runs the visitor centre. http://www.essexwt.org.uk
Terry the bee man
The bees in the garden have been here longer than we have! They were introduced a few years ago when the garden was still a jungle so that the bees had plenty of forage. Now the garden has changed the bees have a greater variety of forage from the rest of the park and produce wonderful honey through the year.
The Shaw Trust
The Shaw Trust believes that everyone has the right to work and they support disabled and disadvantaged people towards employment through a number of programmes; – help in preparing for work, help with employment and managing a disability.
We have a number of people joining the garden through the Shaw Trust, some long term some short term. We believe that working in the garden is a benefit for everyone’s mental health not only people with difficulties.
The Camden Society
The Camden Society runs services across London generating new opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve greater equality. Services support people to develop their lives in whatever ways they choose. The garden supports Jackson’s café. The café trains young adults for the catering industry and we donate a small amount of produce that the volunteers have grown. http://www.thecamdensociety.co.uk