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

Buying food plants

Due to current restrictions we will not be holding our open days in the usual way as previously planned for plant sales. We’re working on setting up a comprehensive order/collect system and will post details here once confirmed.

Get a helping hand with your own growing, with our locally grown food plants.

Our 2020 plant sales are:

  • Sunday 29 March, 26 April, 31 May, 28 June and 30 August, 27 September (12-4pm) at Hawkwood Nursery.
  • Every Wednesday and Friday in May on our farm stall at Hawkwood Nursery (10am-5.30pm).
  • Every Saturday in May at our market stalls at the Hornbeam and Leytonstone (10am-3pm).

Our plants:

We grow all the plants ourselves in our glasshouse that we rent from the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Work is carried out by a team of growers including members of our workers’ cooperative and lots of local volunteers who support the project’s aim to see more food growing in London. Plants are taken from the glasshouses and acclimatised to the outdoors before being dispatched. The plants are strong and healthy, ready to compete with weed seedlings and garden pests!

What’s available:

Our main plant season is from April to June, and then for winter plants it’s August and September. We have some plants ready for sale, others are ‘sow to order’ and ready 4 weeks after ordering.

Download the 2020 Plant List to see what’s available. We have popular favourites such as tomatoes, squash, courgettes and more on sale – plants that are hard to get started without a greenhouse, and we offer aftercare advice.

We aim to have full availability on our plant stalls through the season, but if you are seeking particular varieties we can take orders (minimum order 5 plants). As some plants are sown to order, dispatch may take up to four weeks. For bulk orders we need as much notice as possible but can offer a discount (see below for details) – and we can help you select a suitable range of plants, for example a school package with plants which will be ready to harvest and eat either before or after the summer holidays.

Talk to us so we can help you get that food garden growing!
email: plants@organiclea.org.uk
phone: 020 8524 4994

We may be able to deliver larger orders (over £50). Cost for delivery (to cover fuel and driver costs) from £15 depending on distance.

Bulk order discounts:

£200+ (5% off); £300+ (10% off); 400+ (15% off); £500+ (20% off)


We also sell a range of hand-made composts; seed compost, potting-on compost and organic garden compost.


Flower power

From June to October we sell cut flowers – fresh, organic, seasonal, local flowers that are beautiful and also in many cases edible! Details of what you can order and how are here.

Theo and Nina with this moment’s flowers. Photo: Martin Slavin


On getting seedlings through Organiclea’s pre-order plants scheme:
“We’ve loved getting our seedlings and plants from Organiclea – from the friendly and convenient delivery to the variety and vigour of the plants, the service and the product have been excellent and I have recommended them to all the growers I know. This has saved us a lot of time and space which has been put to use on the people involved and the plants we already have. On top of that, it’s exciting to await their arrival, plus, if you are really keen you can even go and visit them growing up at Hawkwood. Importantly, we like to know that we are supporting a local cooperatively managed organisation.”
Alex Collings – gardening at Somerford and Shacklewell Estate, Hackney.
Along with many other accolades, this site was the winner of Capital Growth’s Edible Estate competition in 2010.

Return your pots

Organiclea reuses plant pots. They can be returned to the Hawkwood Plant Nursery in Chingford, or the Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow.

Adopt a fruit tree
Join Organiclea’s Orchard Project and help us care for over 200 fruit trees in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Click on the image for more information.