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…

East Ham Park Lives

For an inner London borough, Newham has never been lacking in green space and happily some of our loveliest parks are to be found in and around the Greatfield area of East Ham. Plashet Park was opened in 1891 with land taken from the former grounds of late 18th Century manor, Wood House, acquired for…

A treasure trove of local history from a dedicated East Hammer

Any East Hammer, or indeed any Newhamite who has an interest in their local area and its history will not fail to be fascinated by the work of Anil Vekaria. Inspired by memories shared with him by his neighbours, themselves lifelong residents and some from local families stretching back several generations, Anil has delved deep…

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!                

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  

More pics from the GRA summer picnic

A great time was had by all at the Greatfield Residents Associtaion 2015 summer picnic – read the full post here! And we have a whole heap of pictures from the event. Thanks to all the Greatfield Residents Association members who contributed pics!

The GRA Summer Picnic 2015 brings the sun

Each year the Greatfield Residents Association gets together for a summer picnic, to socialise along with friends and neighbours in the lovely setting of Brampton Park. This year’s event celebrated our sixth anniversary and was a great success, well attended by guests of all ages (and some canine friends too!). And what’s more, we were…

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