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

September Open Day

It’s the turn of the season at this month’s open day, celebrating the harvest abundance and the green we can still provide in the winter months to come. We’re accepting grapes into our Community Wine Scheme, and we’ll have the apple press in operation (bring your own apples to use it and take home the juice, or have a taste here). We’re thinking ahead with a winter salad plant sale. And there’s a Dr Bike workshop, and our usual offerings of seasonal blitz, 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.

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

12-4 Winter Salad Plant Stall: choose from our wide selection of plants to keep your garden green (or red) over winter! We’ve got kale, endive, chard, rocket, mustards – keep up your vitamin and mineral intake through the winter and be reminded of the spring growing season to come! Guided tour of the stall at 2pm.

12-3 Our apple press is available for anyone to bring their apples or pears and make juice. And grape growers are invited to join the community wine scheme (see details here to register in advance).

3 Site tour: observe the changing season and learn more about our plans for a new woodland classroom, and new volunteering and training opportunities linked to improving habitats for pollinator species.

12-3.30 Dr Bike: free bike maintenance checks and advice. Mechanics to fix problems with your bike or advise you on what needs fixing so you can take it to a bike shop with confidence.

12-3 BeeWild family drop-in activities: Make ‘bug hotels‘ (cosy homes for insects!), help press apples and make your own apple juice, and learn about bees, hoverflies and other pollinators and what you can do to attract them into the garden. This is one of the first activities as part of our our ‘BeeWild‘ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, which aims to inspire more people to take action to protect and create habitats for pollinators. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


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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