Gardening Thymes: a grassroots gardening project

Gardening Thymes is a fantastic grassroots programme for anyone interested in gardening and it’s right on the doorstep of Greatfield residents. It was started by Active Newham five years ago, but the volunteers were encouraged to take on the running of the group and the gardening sessions are now entirely volunteer-run. They set their own…

Discovering East Ham’s exotica with the Big Garden Bird Watch

This Sunday a small group of us braved the early morning cold to become ‘citizen scientists’ and undertake the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch in East Ham’s Central Park. The Big Garden Bird Watch invites anyone and everyone to spend an hour watching and recording the birds and other wildlife in their garden or local…

Greatfield is blooming marvellous!

(Please excuse the dodgy pun.) GRA member Susan has been keeping up with the beautiful flora that has graced our area since spring. Here are the fruits of her photographic labours!                

How to survive in the wild (East!) with London Bushcraft

Following our post on foods to forage in Greatfield, here’s how to get closer to nature at upcoming events with London Bushcraft. The Forage and the Feast East Ham Nature Reserve and Red Door Studios. 10 July Discover what delights can be foraged in East Ham Nature Reserve and what can be prepared from the plants available. Followed…

Foraging and Bushcraft in East Ham

Ever wanted to live more connected with nature but didn’t think it was possible in our urban location? Well, think again, as Wendy from London Bushcraft talks us through the edible plants to keep your eyes peeled for in Greatfield in autumn. Also check out her upcoming foraging and bushcraft events! Elderberry Elderberry is used to boost the immune…

Gorgeous Autumn Colours in Greatfield

Autumn is definitely here, and has brought with it to E6 all shades of glorious red, orange, yellow and gold… By GRA members Suzy (with a little help from honorary member John) and Ella  

Trees galore in Greatfield

One of our important aims in the Greatfield Residents Association is to continue to try to make the area a more green and pleasant place to live and play in. In recent years local residents were offered free trees and window boxes through the ‘Trees Please’ initiative, which greatly helped to brighten up people’s front…

Beauty in Brampton Park

Some pics from our very own Brampton Park, the focal point of the Greatfield area. Photos by Greatfield Residents Association member Rachel