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

March Open Day

Sunday 31 March at Hawkwood Plant Nursery

As we just pass the Spring Equinox this open day will be a chance to celebrate the lengthening of the days and the impact this has on plants, wildlife, us! We’ll be marking the return of the bees with a very special illustration workshop:  your chance to design a bee icon to feature on a new BeeWild pollinator trail we are developing for the site. And it’s Mothers Day – so why not come and share some delicious vegan cake with family and friends?


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 we’re sowing seeds.

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. Plus our farm stall, fruit plants sale, and a native tree giveaway.

1-3 BeeWild illustration workshop for all ages: join award-winning illustrator and educator Merlin Strangeway, for a fun hands on illustration workshop on brilliant bees.  Draw bees  with materials foraged from Hawkwood, and turn the drawing into a design. One lucky design will be selected for permanent display as a stenciled artwork, on the site’s pollinators trail be launched later in the spring. No drawing experience necessary! Suitable for ages 4+.

2 – 3.30 BeeWild Family drop-in crafting: Create screen prints of the plants loved by bees and butterflies. Dress for the outdoors and for messy craft activity.

3 Site tour: learn about the site’s design and growing stories.


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.



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