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

Open Day and Film

At the June open day we’re celebrating co-operatives, including workers’ co-operatives like Organiclea. We’re pleased to include a screening of a new film A Silent Transformation, about the power of the co-operative model. We also have a Dr Bike workshop, and an olive oil stall as well as our usual offerings of Forest School, Kids Kitchen and great lunch, coffee and cake.

10-1 Seasonal Blitz morning: our weekend volunteering opportunity, join us at 9.45 for a 10am start.

11-1 Kids Kitchen: children cook up their own seasonal feast .. and eat it together! Places are limited for this and there is a small fee to cover costs – book online here, select bookings, then Organiclea.

1-2.30 Film and Discussion: A Silent Transformation is a film about the co-operative movement which was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective wellbeing in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination. As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities for decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever. This is one of many screenings arranged by the Co-operatives UK network as part of Co-operatives Fortnight, followed by a discussion on what it means to be a co-op and celebrating the difference co-ops make.

3 Site tour: explore Hawkwood at midsummer’s height

12-3.30 Dr Bike: free bike maintenance checks and advice. The Dr Bike mechanics will fix problems with your bike if it’s possible to do it there and then. Otherwise they will advise you on what needs fixing so you can take it to a bike shop with confidence.

12-3 PlayfulLea Forest School: a free drop-in session offering outdoor play and learning for children and families. Come and talk to us about forest school, why it’s great for children and how you can sign up for weekly sessions. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please email hello[at]playfullea.org.uk with the name and age of your children if you plan to attend, so we have an idea of numbers.

12-4 Coffee, cake and delicious locally grown lunch, bar serving Hawkwood-made wine, farm stall with Hawkwood produce, jams, pickles, vinegars and herbal teas for sale.

12-4 Sail Cargo Olive Oil: new social enterprise Raybel Charters will be offering organic extra-virgin oil from the Coa Valley, northern Portugal, which has been sailed here on the Nordlys, a wooden fishing ketch (one of the world’s oldest cargo ships). £10 a litre (bring your own bottles if possible or take a whole 5 litre can). The aim is to create ‘as good as local’ for products that can’t be sourced in the UK – sailing is truly zero carbon transport, with minimal packaging, a short supply chain and supporting small-scale farmers and their care for the land.

Directions to our Hawkwood site including bus, rail and river-cycle routes are here. Parking is available at the site but space is limited so please come by other means if possible.

Bus, rail and river-cycle routes are here. Parking is available at the site but space is limited so please come by other means if possible.

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