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

Forest School

Forest School opportunities starting Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January in Chingford

An amazing opportunity for early-years learning and play, and the chance to try out den building, fire lighting and using tools. Thursday sessions at Organiclea’s market garden and woodland site. Friday sessions at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge (Pimp Hall Nature Reserve) in Chingford, E4. Sessions are primarily aimed at 3 – 6 year olds but enthusiastic 2.5 year olds and children older than 6 years are most welcome too! Friday afternoon sessions will be particularly focused on older children, for example those who are home educated or have a flexi-schooling agreement.

THURSDAYS: Thursday Morning 10.30-12.30 AND/OR Thursday Afternoon 1.30-3.30

Running every Thursday from from 12 January to 30 March (no session on 16 February)

Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford E4 7UH


FRIDAYS Friday Morning 10.30-12.30 AND/OR Friday Afternoon 1.30-3.30 Running every Friday from 13 January to 31 March (no session on 17 February)

Venue: Hornbeam Learning Lodge (Pimp Hall Nature Reserve), Nr Kings Road Recycling Centre, off Kings Road, E4 7HR


WHAT TO BRING: Children need to bring a packed snack for all sessions and be dressed in appropriate clothing, footwear and waterproofs. Parents/carers are required to remain on the site for the duration of the session. We welcome all accompanying and supervised siblings with parents to our forest school sessions. All siblings above 3 years of age attending forest school will be required to be enrolled on our list. We offer a sibling discount, please enquire on booking.


*11 week course – £132 (w/c 9 Jan till w/c 27 Mar)
*5 week course – £60 (w/c 9 Jan till w/c 6 Feb)
*6 week course – £72 (w/c 20 Feb till w/c 27 Mar)
Payable in advance in full (please refer to dates and session timings above)

Sliding scale fee structure: We endeavour to make our courses as accessible as we can by offering a sliding scale. Contact us for eligibility details.

To book a place or for more information please email


PlayfulLea – Play-based learning rooted in nature. Organised in partnership with Organiclea Community Growers and Hornbeam Learning Lodge


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