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

October Open Day: local history walk

The Chingford Historical Society are joining us for this month’s open day, leading an autumnal walk to Hawkwood and sharing knowledge along the way. We’ll have seasonal squashes for sale on our farm stall, and Raybel Charters are bringing a newly-landed stock of sail cargoed goods including Portugese olive oil for collection. There will be a fire to ward off the cold, with the opportunity to try some family-friendly bread baking. And there’s our usual offerings of seasonal blitz and great lunch, coffee and cake.

Sunday 27 October, Open Day at Hawkwood Nursery

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 the focus is on winter planting.

11 Join the Chingford Historical Society for a walk in two parts: an amble round Chingford Green picturing the area before the railway arrived and then a climb over Pole Hill and through autumnal Epping Forest, to OrganicLea, where they will share knowledge about the history of the site. Meeting at the junction of Station Road with Richmond Road; details here.

12-3 Coffee, cake and delicious locally grown lunch. Plus a fire, our farm stall with locally grown produce, including a selection of pumpkins and squashes for carving and eating!

12-4 Our friends at Raybel Charters are bringing a newly-landed stock of sail cargoed goods to our Open Day including olive oil, olives, sea salt, almonds and berries, chocolate and coffee. None of this produce can be produced local to us in London, but sail cargo is a way that we can all enjoy the produce of different climates without the carbon emissions of industrial transport systems. We are one of only three collection points for their produce; order for collection here.

2pm Site tour: Learn about the site’s design, growing stories, and the importance of the pollinators we share this place with.

Directions to Hawkwood Nursery 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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