£2.8m climate change park will bloom in Barking

A £2.8 million climate change park is set to be in motion in one of London’s most deprived boroughs. Barking and Dagenham have been awarded £120,000 from the ethical funding organisation the SITA Trust, the final piece of the financial jigsaw.

A natural haven for wildlife is to be evolved of Mayes Brook Park’s playing fields. Also large areas covering 450hectare park will be transformed into marshland and wetland areas attracting kingfishers, reed buntings and water voles. The concrete areas will be transformed to create meanders, pools and a one-hectare flood plain.

The later phases of the development project includes improving the parks two lakes for boating and fishing and building a café surrounded by a climate change garden with drought-resistant plants.

Royal Sun Alliance, the Thames Rivers Restoration Trust, the Environment Agency and Mayor’s Help a London Park scheme have all contributed towards the funding of this project.

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