Green-fingered volunteers from across the community came together this month to bring a touch of garden magic to the High House Production Park in Purfleet.

The planting session was organised and funded by Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation in conjunction with the High House Community Group as part of the Plant 4 High House project.

The traditional kitchen garden layout in the newly renovated walled garden area of the Production Park was created by Clive McDonnell Design in consultation with the community, and reflects the history of the Grade II listed farm buildings.

Volunteers helped to lay out a wide variety of plants, under guidance from two landscaping experts, around the new community garden area of the Production Park which will open in December. 

The kitchen garden features many small shrubs, trees and herbs and is set not only to bring a splash of colour to the site, but also a scented experience. 

Development Corporation project officer, Rebecca Lownds, said: “We were delighted that so many people turned up. The event was a great success and all those who took part have helped created a feature that will become an integral part of the visitor experience at this unique venue.

“We hope that this will be the start of a volunteer programme which will offer a range of opportunities relating to gardening, heritage and community events.”

To find out more and take part on Plant 4 High House, please contact Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s Community Development Officer, Sharon Grimmond, by emailing or calling 01708 895400.