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

February Open Day

Sunday 28 February: Nowhere Somewhere

This Open Day celebrates our affinity with the ecotopian ideals of Waltham Forest local William Morris. For the last few months Organiclea volunteer and artist filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, the William Morris Gallery’s current artist in residence, has been creating some of her residency work at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Inspired by News from Nowhere, William Morris’s utopian romance, Rosalind has chosen to explore the connections between Morris’s ecotopian ideals and Waltham Forest’s expanding network of urban food-growing sites.

Using a wind-up 16mm camera and eco-friendly hand-processing film techniques, Rosalind has created new work in response to the place, people and politics that form Organiclea. The film has been processed at Hawkwood in a specially created organic film lab which has been built inside a temporary yurt.

Join us for a celebration of Rosalind’s residency, with a screening of the new work in progress. As well as the other usual open day activities, our horticultural seasonal task will be a pruning workshop: learn about and have a go at this important part of looking after fruit trees and bushes.

Timetable for the day

12-4 Drop in to the yurt, Rosalind’s temporary film lab, to learn more about how the art work has been created.

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

12.30-1.30 Lacewing hotel-making workshop

2-3 Pruning workshop and practical

12-3 Forest School – outdoor play and holistic learning for children and families. Please email  londonforestschool@gmail.com to let us know the name and age of your child if you plan to attend. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

3-4 Site tour – introducing Organiclea’s work and the site’s growing highlights, interwoven with News from Nowhere readings

4-5 Rosalind presents a screening of the new work in progress

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



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