A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

January Open Day

Sunday 31 January – Learn more about birds
Enjoy the Hawkwood site through binoculars to learn more about woodland and garden birds from local enthusiasts: Organiclea is really pleased to be working alongside Lee Valley Nature Photographers’ (LVNP) membership who know the landscape of local birds incredibly well.
At this Open Day, to celebrate the importance of birds in this market garden, we are participating in the RSPB’s Local Big Garden Birdwatch. We will have knowledgable and passionate guides leading a site-specific walk with bird identification and count, and a presentation sharing photographs of birdlife in the wider Lea Valley. This activity is suitable for all – from expert to first-timer – all welcome! There will be some binoculars to borrow – or bring your own if you have them. We are really pleased to be doing this in partnership with LVNP.

As well as the other usual open day activities, our horticultural seasonal task will be a grafting workshop: learn about and have a go at this fascinating technique for creating new trees!

Timetable for the day

12-4 All day coffee, cake and delicious locally grown lunch served, plus a farm stall for buying Hawkwood produce, jams, chutneys, juice and Zapatista coffee

12.30-1.30 Group walk with bird identification and count. Come earlier (from 12) if you would like to talk to members of Lee Valley Nature Photographers and browse through useful magazines.
2-2.30 Photography presentation: Birdlife in the Lea Valley

2-3 Grafting workshop and practical

12-3 Forest School – outdoor play and learning for children of all ages. Children under 6 must be accompanied. Spaces are limited so please email londonforestschool@gmail.com

3-4 Site tour – introducing Organiclea’s work and the site’s growing highlights

Directions to our Hawkwood site including bus, rail and river-cycle routes are here. Parking available at the site.

And coming up at February’s open day: a pruning workshop, and a celebration of Rosalind’s residency with a screening of the new work in progress.



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