New Business Opportunity - Organic Food Growing at Ray Park • Vision RCL

New Business Opportunity – Organic Food Growing at Ray Park


GREENHOUSE AREA WITHIN THE WALLED GARDEN AT RAY PARK, SNAKES LANE EAST, WOODFORD GREEN IG8 7JQ

The presently redundant parks greenhouses, adjacent polytunnel frames and outbuilding within the 18th Century locally listed walled gardens of Ray Park have become available. They provide an excellent business opportunity in a beautiful location, for a community focused organisation to develop an organic market garden scheme.

Interested parties will be required to submit a business case proposal demonstrating their experience in organic market gardening and community engagement, how they would operate and manage this facility within the Walled Gardens and how they will add social value.

Please note that the successful organisation will be fully responsible for the lease and the costs within the licensed area. This includes all ongoing costs relating to business rates, utilities, building maintenance, service contracts, relevant public liability and contents insurance.

The successful organization will also pay one off legal and property professional fees likely to be £1,200.

All submissions will be evaluated against a strict criteria. The criteria is based on a price (60%) / quality (40%) model looking at the following areas:

  • Business experience
  • Experience of working in a park environment
  • Knowledge
  • Suitability of the proposal to a park location
  • Social value
  • Viability
  • Sustainability

From a social value perspective, the proposal could focus on things like how they will engage with park users and volunteer/ friends groups, how they will improve the usage of the Walled Gardens, how it will improve and develop new skills and employment, how it will support events or make a positive contributon generally to the community, and how it will reduce crime or additionally any other social value impacts that could be put forward.  

To register your initial express of interest or have any enquiries please contact:

Claire Bidder, Business Support Manager at Vision RCL on Tel: 020 8708 3141 or email claire.bidder@visionrcl.org.uk  

An information pack consisting of a list of questions and answers will be developed, along with a detailed information sheet will be provided. A tour of the site will also be available.

Submissions of proposals should then be emailed to Claire Bidder claire.bidder@visionrcl.org.uk  on email by 31 March 2022.

The evaluation panel consists of the Business Manager, Operations & Grounds Maintenance Manager and Head of Parks & Open Spaces. We will announce the results on 30 April 2022 and all successful and unsuccessful parties will be notified and given the opportunity to receive feedback if they so wish.

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