Barking Park wants to facilitate and maintain an open and ongoing dialogue with park users and the local community as a whole.
Part of the reason for securing the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund is to encourage greater public participation in the management and development of Barking Park.
This can vary from attending some of the events and activities organised by the Barking Park Ranger service to joining the Barking Park Friends Group, or volunteering and becoming involved in other active nature conservation work (nest box building or recording some of the park's wildlife).
For those who want to broaden their experience volunteering at Barking Park can assist with obtaining further work in horticultural, nature conservation or park management posts.
In March 2012 the Friends of Barking Park launched a Park Watch Scheme, thanks to a grant from Team London.
The scheme works with the Parks Safer Neighbourhood team and regular park users, aiming to encourage individuals to safely report any evidence of crime and antisocial behaviour that may happen in the park.
To find out more about the scheme and how to get involved, please visit our Park Watch page