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Dagenham pupils create community garden to tackle litter problem

Kids working on the area of land near Ford Road and Rowdowns Road

Schoolchildren in Dagenham have created a community garden to improve the area near to their primary school.

The pupils at Thomas Arnold Primary School planted trees and flowers, after complaining about people dropping litter near the grounds to the school.

Initially, the pupils had contacted their local MP, Jon Cruddas, who told them about a scheme called Everyone Everyday that helps residents create projects that benefit their local community. 

The scheme, which is council-funded, has meant the children have now been able to transform an area of land near their school.

Monica Gallagher, Headteacher at Thomas Arnold Primary School, said: “I am extremely proud of the hard work that pupils and staff have shown in improving and developing our local area.

“The area has been completely redesigned by the children, during a session with a landscape gardener, so every child in our school has played an active part in creating the Thomas Arnold Open Corner.”

The Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Peter Chand, helped to dig the path, flowerbeds, and plant over 20 willow trees.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter said: “To see our young people make a difference to their local community is heart-warming, and something I am proud of.

“I am looking forward to seeing the new community garden and hearing about other plans that the pupils have. Well done to everyone at the school.”

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