The National Trust in Dagenham & Rainham

Rainham Hall
The National Trust in Dagenham & Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has been contacted by National Trust who are seeking support with their Save Our Wild Isles campaign. Over the years people all across the Dagenham and Rainham area have contacted the MPs office asking for support with various environmental and climate change focussed causes. Jon Cruddas said: “it is clear local people have a passion for the environment, and protecting nature. We have some excellent local assets such as the gardens at Rainham Hall and London’s largest RSPB reserve, Rainham Marshes.”

38 million birds have vanished from our skies in the last 50 years, 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s, ¼ of all our mammals are at risk of extinction and this has resulted in us being one of the 10 percent most nature-depleted countries in the world.

National trust has identified some priority actions that they believe politicians should commit to now, drawing on the Peoples Plan for Nature, to ensure that nature is in recovery by 2030.  One being to properly resource the transition to nature friendly farming. 70 percent of all land in the UK is farmed so National Trust is calling for farmers to be properly rewarded for helping restore nature and fight climate change, by increasing the farming budget by at least £1bn a year, and repurposing this based on an estimated £4.4bn scale of environmental need.

The Peoples Plan for Nature contains 26 calls to action in total, with 3 believed to be particularly transformational for nature: tackling the unfinished task of creating robust environmental governance across the UK, working with farmers to do more for nature alongside food production, and creating more space for nature alongside people.

Nature loss affects us all. A healthy environment is what enables us to grow food, breathe fresh air and drink clean water. Action to restore nature and achieve net zero by 2050 will help limit global temperature rise to 1.5 Celsius. Taking action for nature also has widespread public support. Polling of 8,000 UK adults found that 81 percent of the electorate believe that nature is under threat and that more deeds to be done urgently to protect and restore it.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “The National Trust is an excellent organisation that restores and preserves our heritage and encourages communities to get involved. We are lucky enough to have two amazing historical assets in Dagenham and Rainham, and I would urge local families to visit them during the summer holidays – both Rainham Hall and Stoneford Cottage have some great events and exhibitions for the whole family.”

Rainham hall


  • Victorian Cooking Scents and a Denney 'scentrepiece'. There are two scent artworks in the exhibition created by AVM Curiosities Tasha Marks with local contributors. The installation consists of a series of scented ceramic pears, oranges, and figs presented ‘service à la pyramide’ in celebration of the displays Denney used for table settings, displays for his kitchen dresser and Elizabeth David's shop windows.


  • Family games - Summer of Play at Rainham Hall Community Gardens is free from throughout the summer holidays from Tuesday 25 July- Saturday 2 September (closed Suns or Mons) No need to book, just drop in between 11-4pm. Cafe open. Mammoth Games is jam packed with active, nature and fun games.
  • Family gardening - Get along to Rainham Hall Community Garden for a session of Family Gardening. Parents or carers can come along with children to do some outdoors gardening. dress for the weather as the session will be outdoors. Just drop in no need to book for this 1-hour session.
  • Childrens gardening club - Children aged 8-12 years can come along to try out this free session with gardener Chloe Hayes. Learn about gardening and looking after plants and trees and help to care for the Community Garden. Wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting messy. Children can attend the session alone, but adults must remain on the site of Rainham Hall - parents or carers can use the cafe or visit the Hall. Just drop in, no need to book, there will be limited capacity on the day.

To find out more visit Rainham Hall | London | National Trust

Stoneford cottage


Rainham Rd S, Dagenham RM10 8AG


Stoneford cottage holds many events suitable for families and children. To find out more visit  Stoneford Community Garden Events | Eventbrit