‘Allotments have never been so important’.


Rainham allotments are definitely one of the main community hot spots of Havering. Yesterday saw a Channel Five news crew film our allotments for a community gardens feature. The local allotments have been the centre of Rainham community providing a beautiful garden area for locals right across the borough. But the importance of an allotment has been highlighted recently with the national lockdown and in Rainham our allotments are much more than just a green space.

Jackie McArdle the Steward at the Rainham allotments told the Havering Daily: “Community gardening is about the community. Here our community have played a huge part in making these allotments the success they are. We have many donators who provide essential help to us that help us keep going. People like Sharp Skips, Veolia, Brett Aggregate and Tesco have all helped us by giving us vital equipment that we need here.”

Jackie is also the lady behind Rainham Bloom that has been so successful throughout the recent years before Covid struck.

“Our allotments have never been so important. Here in Rainham it really is a community affair. We have so many supporters that make this into a community. We have recently been given four and a half acres of land from our Council Leader Councillor Damian White and we have decided to turn into enough plots to cover the existing waiting list.

“One of our members Margaret Hayes who is 79 years old, spent the day clearing the area for our new orchard and we are getting ready to plant lots of different trees.

“I really do want this to be the horticultural haven of Havering. This allotment involves the whole community. People such as the Reverend Elise Peterson, Louis Langeberg and Gracie Hill who visit us once a week. Lots of local schools and scout groups that we provide seed kits for.”

The future definitely looks bright for this community area.

“Once that area of land is all cleared we will be able to provide an outdoor stage for the Lighting Drama Group Run by Sue Ospreay who is also part of our allotment team. We will be able to have a sensory garden and a new group called the Rangers, so there is much more to come.”

Well done to everyone involved, working outdoors and planting seeds and trees is not only beneficial for our planet but also a healthy form of exercise.

The successful Rainham allotments.

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