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September Open Day

September 16, 2016

Open Day and Plant Sale Sunday 25 September, Hawkwood Nursery As the seasons roll around it’s another Hawkwood open day. We have salad plants for sale for growing over winter, and our apple press is available for anyone to bring their apples and make juice. And grape growers are invited to join the community wine […]

Open Day Plant Sale

August 15, 2016

Open Day and Plant Sale Sunday 28 August, Hawkwood Nursery This month’s open day is celebrating the wonderful biodiversity of our Hawkwood growing site and the Lea valley more widely. We hope to get friendly with moths; there will be a tour of the site with wildlife experts Lea Valley Nature Photographers;  a pollinator plant […]

Seasonal Blitz

July 25, 2016

Seasonal Blitz and Open Day Sunday 31 July, Hawkwood Nursery New this month: we know some people are keen to volunteer but can only make weekends, so we’re happy to announce the launch of our Seasonal Blitz Morningz, and the first is from 10-1 on Sunday 31 July. Please arrive at 9.45 so all can start […]

June Open Day

June 20, 2016

Open Day, Sunday 26 June, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery This month’s open day features the launch of our special Barbed Wit rhubarb beer made by the East London Brewing Company. Ruaridh from the brewery joined our grower Ru to harvest the ru-barb… it’s also our annual tribute to the poet John Clare, and we are joined […]

Compost Giveaway

May 20, 2016

Open Day, Sunday 29 May, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery The open day comes round again with another opportunity to buy plants for your garden, get free compost, eat good cake and more! This month’s seasonal horticultural task is planting out, come along to a workshop to get tips and advice on giving your plants a good […]

Open Day Plant Sale

April 12, 2016

Open Day, Sunday 24 April, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery This month’s Open Day sees our first plant sale of the season. We have popular favourites such as tomatoes, squash, courgettes – plants that are hard to get started without a greenhouse, and our growers can offer advice and aftercare tips. We have a whole range of […]

Buddy Scheme

April 4, 2016

Peoplecare in Community Gardening: Organiclea is looking for volunteer support gardeners at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs. In its fourth year, Organiclea’s Buddy Scheme trains volunteers to support others to participate in volunteering at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery. Organiclea is growing people as well as plants and […]

Seeds & Spuds

March 18, 2016

Open Day, Sunday 26 March, 12-4pm, Hawkwood Nursery This Open Day falls on Easter Sunday so we’re celebrating with (egg-shaped) potatoes, and the fertility of the seed. Bring your seeds to swap, pick up some potatoes ready to go in the ground (potato planting is traditionally a Good Friday activity but it can stretch over […]

February Open Day

February 17, 2016

Sunday 28 February: Nowhere Somewhere This Open Day celebrates our affinity with the ecotopian ideals of Waltham Forest local William Morris. For the last few months Organiclea volunteer and artist filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, the William Morris Gallery’s current artist in residence, has been creating some of her residency work at our Hawkwood Nursery site. Inspired […]

January Open Day

January 21, 2016

Sunday 31 January – Learn more about birds Enjoy the Hawkwood site through binoculars to learn more about woodland and garden birds from local enthusiasts: Organiclea is really pleased to be working alongside Lee Valley Nature Photographers’ (LVNP) membership who know the landscape of local birds incredibly well. At this Open Day, to celebrate the […]

November Open Day

November 18, 2015

Seeds, saplings and forest foraging: November Open Day at Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 29 November 12-4pm This month’s open day has a focus on the woodland around us, with a foraging walk and a hunt for acorns and saplings to create new trees. Meanwhile a seed-saving workshop shares skills in creating new plant life in a […]

Heroes of the Waste

November 10, 2015

The eleventh hour approaches. There will be a high level of interest and debate as to the colour of flowers, namely poppies. Hues include not just red for the British Legion, but also white for peace; and our local community textiles organisation Significant Seams are stitching green ones for mental health, and purple for the […]

Open Day: 1 Nov

October 16, 2015

For the first time in seven years, our regular Sunday open day will not be on the last Sunday of the month, but the following Sunday, i.e. Sunday 1 November. A significant number of Organiclea’s team are heading to Yorkshire for a UK Food Sovereignty Gathering, so we have decided to nudge our Open Day […]

A Ballad to Salad

September 30, 2015

This week, we again find ourselves in the finals of the Urban Food Awards, run by SUSTAIN’s Jellied Eel, the essential journal of ethical eating. A change of format this year sees the award categories based on product, so there’s recognition for the best cheese, sausage, beer, bread; whilst growers’ interest will be focused on […]

September Open Day

September 21, 2015

Sunday 27 September, 12-4pm Bring family, friends, neighbours, even surplus garden fruits are welcome! *Get food plants for your winter garden The plugs are now plants and we’ve potted them on – your final chance for winter greens! Plants available to grow NOW include LEAFY GREENS – kale and spinach; SALADS – such as winter […]

August Open Day

August 20, 2015

Sunday 30 August, 12-4pm Get ready for the winter growing season with our winter salads plant sale – choose from our entire range of winter salads and leafy greens, as well as green manures, companion flowers and fruit bushes. Seedlings (£3 for 10 salad plugs) which will keep your garden and your plate green over […]

New traineeship

August 20, 2015

Organiclea are recruiting for a new Assisting Learning traineeship for someone wanting to gain experience in supporting horticultural training. The post will support Organiclea tutors delivering our City & Guilds, Level 2 Horticulture course for adults in partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service. The placements will deliver weekly practical gardening sessions, assessments and support […]

High Summer

August 19, 2015

When, in 2003, we brought out our Fruits of the Forest report, proposing a local food scheme for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, it might have been filed, close to News From Nowhere, under “Local Interest/ Utopian Fiction”. Some time ago it was relocated to Non-Fiction, the space it vacated providing a brief resting […]

A Rare Vintage

July 27, 2015

“It is a curious fact that men shaped by poor soils, like vines in similar conditions, have a more stimulating, finer “flavour” than the members of rich soil communities” – Edward Hyams, Soil & Civilisation The entrance to Hawkwood Nursery could be described as grand: you take a turning off Hawkwood Crescent, E4, and the […]

John Clare Day

June 20, 2015

June Open Day, CFGN Summer Gathering and John Clare celebration Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 28 June, 12-4pm This month’s open day is a special one as we are hosting the Community Food Grower’s Network Summer Gathering as well as our annual celebration of locally-connected poet John Clare, including a John Clare site tour and an open […]

May Open Day

May 26, 2015

Spring lecture, compost and plants Hawkwood Open Day, Sunday 31 May This year’s Spring lecture and site-tour comment will be shared with Jojo Tulloh, author of ‘The Modern Peasant: Adventures in City Food’, inspiring in its demand for a more just food system written with poetry and passion for this work that connects people with […]

April Open Day & Compost Giveaway

April 15, 2015

Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 26 April, 5am and 12-4pm This month’s open day has an additional element for early risers: come and listen to the amazing dawn chorus on this forest edge, with expert guidance from wildlife photographer David Cottridge. Tea and coffee on offer and then we encourage you to go for a walk (or […]

March Open Day

March 3, 2015

Hawkwood Nursery, Sunday 29 March, 12-4pm This month’s open day is part of the Cultivate Festival with a veritable feast of different activities, something for everyone! Take a look round our unique site and take part in shared work tasks and drop-in learning opportunities. Drop by at any time or stay for the day. We […]

Big Green Book

February 18, 2015

Organiclea’s book Seedlings From The Smoke is now available to buy online from The Big Green Bookshop, independent bookshop in Wood Green. More details about the book below. We come together for the fun of working with nature, and the serious matter of making a contribution to a better food system, a better world. In […]

Colin Tudge visit

February 11, 2015

February Open Day at Hawkwood with Colin Tudge Sunday 22 February, 12-4pm We are very happy to have Colin Tudge, biologist, journalist, zooologist and campaigner, joining us at Organiclea for our February Open Day. Colin is probably best known for his books The Secret Life of Trees, Good Food for Everyone Forever and Why Genes […]

We are recruiting

January 28, 2015

Organiclea’s distribution work is growing rapidly but sustainably – connecting our produce from Hawkwood Plant Nursery and that of local farmers and growers with customers, restaurants and grocers across the borough and beyond. We are looking for someone to join us on this journey as we build sustainable and inspiring local food enterprises, distributing large […]

January Open Day

January 20, 2015

This month’s open day focuses on fruit trees – old and new. There will be a grafting workshop – learn more about this technique to create new trees. And a wassail orchard tour – join in this traditional celebration to toast the success of the fruit harvest to come. The wonderful Forest School will also […]

November Open Day

November 24, 2014

This month’s open day focuses on our trees – both the orchard fruit trees we have planted and the beautiful woodland surrounding us. Over the past five years we have planted more than 200 fruit and nut trees at Hawkwood, as well as protecting the existing established woodland spaces within our site. Our Adopt a […]

October Open Day

October 10, 2014

This month’s open day is a more unusual event as we also launch an OrganicLea book: “Seedlings from the Smoke: Musings of an urban market gardener” and celebrate our chilli fire power: *12 noon: Seasonal workshop introducing the ‘World of Chillies’. For all you hot-heads, our annual round-up of the now 43 varieties of chillies […]

Herbal open day

July 22, 2014

Our next Open Day is Sunday 27 July 12-4pm at Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery, this month with a herbal theme. We will be celebrating the medicinal uses of wild plants and launching a range of Organiclea herbal teas from plants foraged and grown around the site. We’ll be joined by herbalists who will guide us […]