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

Open Day 31 July: Storytelling Cafe, Butterfly Count and pizza

Our next open day takes place on Sunday 31 July 2022. We’re delighted that it will feature a Storytelling Cafe with Stories & Supper and Mbilla Arts including spoken word, poetry, music and storytelling from around the world, storyteller Wendy Shearer, artist Anna Alcock leading a printing workshop, and guest chefs from Latto’s Pizzas firing up the pizza oven. More details below. All welcome.

Open Day Sunday 31 July

Site open 12-4pm. We’ll be inviting visitors to make a suggested donation of a few ££ when they come to help cover the costs of running the open days. Although we can take card payments we much prefer cash if you can bring it.

Farm stall (stocked with compost, seasonal produce and preserved goods) and refreshments available all day, lunch – including pizza! – served 12-2pm.

12pm Big Butterfly Count: help observe the butterflies and moths on our site as we take part in this important annual survey to monitor these vital but threatened members of the ecosystem.

1- 3.30pm Storytelling Cafe: drop-in activity including an opening procession, drumming and dance performances and workshops, storytelling and a children’s printing workshop. All free thanks to Mbilla Arts, Stories & Supper and National Lottery funding.

2pm Site tour – a tree-inspired guided walk around Hawkwood site, focusing on its woodland variety.

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.


Mbilla Arts CIC was established in 2006 by Gambian musician Seneke Sillah and arts educator Chantelle Michaux to promote education and performance programmes in African performing arts that provide opportunities for adults and children to develop their creative skills, improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and increase knowledge of African culture and heritage.  We will be delivering African storytelling, music and dance sessions at the Storytelling Cafe at the Organiclea Open Day.

Stories & Supper meet every Saturday in Walthamstow, bringing together refugees, people seeking asylum and local residents over stories and food. We’re excited to take part in the Organiclea July Open Day, and will be bringing stories and poems from our new book, as well as some recent writing.


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