On Wednesday 1 July Barking and Dagenham Council launched its first ‘Wild & Free in LBBD’ photography competition which runs for two months (July and August). Taking inspiration from The Wildlife Trusts ‘30 Days Wild’ and the National Trust ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ the competition aims at encouraging greater engagement between young people and the natural world.

Thursday 7 March marked World Book Day 2019. This year in Barking and Dagenham the day marked the launch of a project by local Councillor Andrew Achilleos and Trees for Cities, a project which has now fully funded a book called ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris along with teaching resources for every primary and SEND school in the borough.

Beam County Primary School in Dagenham is the first school in London to get the book as part of the project, and throughout the year Trees for Cities will be delivering the book across the city.