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

January Open Day

Sunday 27 January at Hawkwood Plant Nursery – Birds, Bees and Butterflies
To celebrate the importance of birds in this market garden, on our January open day we are participating in the RSPB’s Local Big Garden Birdwatch with a bird identification and count. We’re also beginning a year long wild flower family-focused art project, part of our Bee Wild project celebrating the importance of pollianators. And there’s Kids Kitchen, a site tour with wassailing and good food and drink offerings.

10-12.30 Seasonal Blitz morning: our weekend volunteering opportunity, join us at 9.45 for a 10am start. Lunch is provided for those doing the full morning shift. This month’s focus is on fruit tree care.

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, or find out more first here.

12-4 Coffee, cake and delicious locally grown lunch, the Hawkwood bar serving mulled wine, elderflower wine and lager to drink or take away. Our farm stall has Hawkwood produce, jams, pickles, vinegars and herbal teas for sale.

12.30-1.30 Bird survey: suitable for all – from expert to first-timer. There will be some binoculars to borrow – or bring your own if you have them.

1-3 BeeWild Family crafting: art session suitable for families of all ages. Hunt for the plants loved by bees and butterflies, then create prints based on our discoveries. Dress for the outdoors and for messy craft activity.

2.15 Site tour and wassail: – learn about the site’s design and growing stories, and join in our wassail to toast our orchard trees and promote a good harvest.

 

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

And coming up at February’s open day: a seed swap and a workshop on fruit care for pollinators.

 

 

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