Raphael Park is well known as one of the best in the borough, boasting a green flag, but now it’s the only one to have its fountain lit up, thanks to a £5,681 grant from Veolia North Thames Trust (VNNT).

All lit up - the fountain

The Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Park successfully bid for the funding with the aim of adding to the aesthetics of the park as well as bringing in some light as there is no other lighting in the park after dark.

Bright white energy efficient LED lights have been installed on the base of the fountain, which when on, light up the fountain, the lake and the park.

Councillor Wallace joined the friends group to officially switch-on the light to the fountain last Thursday evening (12 February).

Cllr Wallace with friends of the park at the official switch-on

Julia Herold, Chairwoman of The Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Park group, said: “I’m delighted that this project has resulted in a fantastic addition to the night-time vista of Raphael Park. Our group did the easy bit, making the funding application, but we would like to thank both VNNT, which funded the work, and Havering Council staff who helped to install the new lights. We hope it will provide pleasure to local residents and visitors to the park.”

Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community Engagement, said: “The park is already very beautiful, and the new lights make it even more so. The friends group did really well to secure the funding, and I hope the local community enjoys it.”