Over the years, Gallions Reach has endeavoured to become a home for wildlife and a place that greenery can flourish as each year we improve upon the year before bringing life to previously un-utilised spaces.
This year (2021), bird boxes have been placed in trees throughout the Park to enhance the lives of the existing bird community as well as encourage new species to make Gallions their home. e boxes have been installed into the following trees, Cherry (Prunus Avium), London Plane (Platanus Hispanica / Platanus × Acerifolia), Pinus Sylvestris, Birch (Betula Jacquemontii).
The Shopping Park’s main event space features a living wall located in between Next and Superdrug. A total of 936 plants have been added to enhance air quality and overall well-being of those that sit, relax and unwind whilst being near to this bright and vibrant feature. This is part of a larger project that includes additional planters in the Costa area as well as landscaping across the Park. The Shopping Park also has a large landscaped area as you enter and around the walkways, car park and roundabouts features on site. Various plant species have been added over the years alongside a large number of trees. Trees and plants give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil as well as giving life to wildlife. The site also has over 37 cycle stands and we encourage staff and customers to use these where possible to play a small part in improving air quality locally.
ENVIRONMENTAL - TENANT INITIATIVES
Costa Coffee are taking part in the Too Good To Go initiatives. This is a free app which allows customers to purchase unsold food from top eateries at the end of service, to prevent it from being thrown away. This means people get high-quality food at a great price and do some good for the planet. By saving that food from ending up in landfill, it prevents the CO2 to be released when it decomposes, since 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from food waste.
NANDO'S For years Nando's have only used 100% LED lighting in their restaurants, made sure to re-use timber from construction and invested in specialised equipment to reduce our energy consumption.
They’ve developed a Sustainable Fit Out guide that sets out their sustainability principles when they refurbish or build a new restaurant. It lists certain must-haves, from having recycled content in tiles and using natural fibre insulation, to reusing existing features, and ensuring all our taps, toilets and flushes are low flow, reducing the water we use.
Give Up Clothes For Good helps transform the items you no longer need into funds for life-saving research into children's and young people's cancers. You can donate your pre-loved clothes, accessories and homeware in TK Maxx stores across England and Wales.
Each bag could raise up to £25 for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People. Not only that, you're giving your pre-loved items a second life.
Gallions Reach have long been a supporter of community programmes and initiatives that engage with the local catchment. As a stand alone shopping park, we have an ongoing goal to remain an important part of our customers daily life.
As part of this, we have established relationships with many key partners including hosting regular sports events working with UEL, local sports clubs and resident sports persons who best represent the community.
We hold an annual Eid Market allowing small and independent businesses to showcase their products whilst appealing to a part of the diverse culture of the borough. Showcasing cultural events and holidays has long be part of the DNA of the Park and something we will continue to grow over the coming years.
During the Christmas period, we engage with the local Broadway Theatre in Barking who participate in our Annual Christmas Launch as well as inviting Talent Central to spearhead our Christmas parade and Gallions Primary to delight our customers with their Christmas choir.
As part of our seasonal calendar of events, it is commonplace to see a local business or charity involved in our campaigns, whether that be Surrey Quays Farm offering an Easter petting zoo or Great Ormond Street Hospital as a charity partner of a summer event.
To be an integral part of the community, we must do what we can to help local people live better lives and that is why the centre will continue to work and support local groups.
Beyond our seasonal calendar, we have established local partners that we endeavour to work with, support and engage with throughout the year.
Most recently, our management team engaged with West Ham’s community sports programme to provide mentorship to youths in the Borough, many of who are disadvantaged or disengaged and want to find opportunity through sport and the community that local sports can provide.
We also partner with Ambition, Achieve, Aspire, a local charity who again work with local youths. Through regular donations at key seasonal times, as well as the Park’s staff volunteering their time throughout Christmas, our relationship with the AAA is an ongoing example of the work that can be achieved when communities come together.
Other regular partner engagements include UEL, Newham Chamber of Commerce, work with Newham Council as well as supporting the annual Park Lives initiative.
Diversity & Inclusion
Gallions Reach is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We are fully committed to providing equality in the workplace and ensure all opportunities will be afforded to individuals fairly and irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race including colour, ethnic or national origins and nationality, religion or belief or sexual orientation (“the protected characteristics”). The Park’s organisation reflects the diversity of the community and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.
Social Tenant Initiatives
Costa Coffee has been supporting the Costa Foundation by organising a monthly raffle, where customers have the chance to win a Costa Hamper. All money raised goes to the Costa Foundation. To date they have built more than 90 new schools, over 750 classrooms in 10 countries. Giving over 90,000 people access to education in coffee-growing communities across the world.
McDonalds - They do litter pick up events, Ronald House Charity Events, Work Experience with Trident (work scheme with students) and Support local communities such as Newham Football Team.
Pure Gym and Tesco – Food banks