Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH
Tel: 0208 227 2332
Beam Parklands is a multi-awarding winning wetland park. The primary role of the park is to act as flood defence by providing safe storage of water to help adapt to climate change. The park incorporates the flood plain for the River Beam, which is a tributary to the River Thames. Neighbouring homes and businesses in the area are protected from flood as a result of the parklands flood storage capacity. There are times, when some areas of the parklands are underwater, the pathways and bridge structures are designed so that they can withstand this flooding.
The parklands give the local community the opportunity to experience the countryside, in an otherwise urban setting. The landscape includes a community orchard, areas for natural play and a variety of habitats where flora and fauna can thrive. A wide array of wildlife can be observed by visitors throughout the year, this includes the European Protected great crested newt and UK protected water vole, as well as a variety of wildfowl, including Wigeon, Pochard and Tufted ducks. Annual surveys of butterflies and moths have indicated that the parklands are a haven for these invertebrates.
Beam Parklands provides a green space where people can relax and unwind and is a living landscape where wildlife can flourish. The innovation of the parklands was recognised when the site received the 2011 CIWEM Living Wetlands Award and the Brownfield Award for ‘Best Use of Land’. Additionally, the site won its first Green Flag award in 2011 and this was retained in 2012.
The Meeting Point for all events is on the bridge by the entrance off Oval Road North unless otherwise stated. See Map.
Booking opens two weeks before each event. To book your place call 0208 227 2332. If you have any access requirements please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.