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

Privacy Notice


OrganicLea CIC (also known as OrganicLea Community Growers) takes care to ensure that we use your information in accordance with all applicable laws concerning the protection of personal information.

The purpose of this notice is to give you a clear explanation about how OrganicLea – and any third parties we work with – collect and use the personal information you provide to us. It also explains how our website uses cookies.


Who we are

OrganicLea is a Community Interest Company, number 05135926. Our registered office is at the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 9AH. Our website address is https://www.organiclea.org.uk.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect information about the people who express interest in, support, or take part in OrganicLea’s work, whether through signing up to an email list, taking part in an event, training course or volunteering, buying produce, plants or other products and services from us. This information may include things like your name, organisation name, address, telephone number and email address.

When you register for our email announcement list, we ask for your consent to hold your email address and send you our email announcements. We will stop sending you emails if you ask us to, and each email we send will have a clear means of unsubscribing.

In other cases, the processing of your personal information may be necessary to carry out the performance of a contract with you, for example, if you join our box scheme, order produce or hire space from us, or to carry out our legitimate interests, for example to run our volunteering programme we keep contact records of volunteers who register with us.

Our website

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

On our grower’s blog when visitors leave the data shown in the comments form is collected, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website.


Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of a website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.

For further information visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser.


Who we share information with

We use the following third party organisations in our work:

  • Email Subscriber (WordPress plugin run by Icegram) to operate our email list
  • Go Cardless to manage our box scheme payments system
  • iZettle to take card payments on our market stalls or at events
  • WordPress to run our website
  • Dropbox to store electronic data

Click on the link for each organisation to see their own privacy policy. We will not sell or give your personal information to any other organisation or person.


How long we retain your data

We only hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the purposes outlined above. We remove personal data from our systems once it is no longer required. The length of time each category of data will be retained will vary depending on how long we need to process it for, the reason it was collected, and in line with any statutory requirements.

If you leave a comment on our grower’s blog, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.


What rights you have over your data

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email or write to us using the Contact details below. We may choose to make a small charge for this service.

We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct information you think is inaccurate. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this webpage. This privacy policy was last updated on 12 November 2019.


How to contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you:

by email to info@organiclea.org.uk

or write to OrganicLea, 458 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9AH.

To complain about our processing of data

If you feel that data has been handled incorrectly by us, a complaint can be made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which regulates the use of information in the UK.

They can be contacted on 0303 123 1113 or by going online to www.ico.org.uk/concerns

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