February 2012: Following on from last summer’s community engagement day at Beam Washlands where London Play introduced plans for a natural playscape to the local community, the first equipment has now been installed and is now well established as part of the landscape.

In fact, the play tree and picnic areas have proved so popular with the local community that we are extending these areas and creating two more outdoor classroom areas for the local schools surrounding the park.

We will also be extending the picnic area along the Wantz Stream, installing more play trees and introducing climbing rock stacks. The work will be taking place over the summer to tie in with an exciting art in the landscape project being rolled out by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham which will see sculptures and art trails being created around the park.

Access to nature
JULY 2011: London Play and the Barking and Dagenham community rangers ran a community engagement day in the park on Saturday 9 July, which was a roaring success! Of course, no community event is complete without face painting and a bouncy castle, which both went down very well on the day.
Access to nature
London Play's Access to Nature projects are well underway in four sites across London. Part funded by Natural England under its Access to Nature scheme, which is part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, the project aims to encourage children and families into the natural environment and to rediscover the joy of being


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