Community passion for parks drives project forward

Published: 04 March 2019

A passionate group of volunteers with visions of creating sustainable community parks in their areas met at Hardie Park in Stanford-le-Hope this week as part of NESTA’s national ‘Rethinking Parks’ Programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. Hardie Park is leading the Performing Parks project in Thurrock and is working with five other parks that have the potential to create a similar model in their locality.

Rob Groves, CEO of Hardie Park said, ‘We have worked with the park groups individually over the last six months but today was a meeting of minds in a room full of volunteers with the energy and drive to inspire those around them to take up the challenge. Empowering a community to improve, manage and maintain their green spaces to secure their future is an exciting concept and one that is achievable when the community comes together. It’s the perfect time to get involved and support the process. The project groups are actively seeking local residents and local business support to help make this happen.’

The five park projects taking on the challenge are Bonnygate Park in South Ockendon, Aveley Rec, Daisy Fields in Tilbury, Gobions Park in East Tilbury and Grays Beach Riverside Park.

If these areas are nearby and you would like to get involved please contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374 or email As the project moves forward further updates will be posted on the Hardie Park website at