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

Plant and Compost Sales

Our plant sales run from April to June and August/September.

In 2024 our big Plant Sales will take place at our Open Days at Hawkwood: Sunday 28 April, Sunday 26 May, and Sunday 22 September, all 12pm-4pm.

There will also be a Plant Sales Trolley at the Hawkwood Farm Stall (open 10am-5pm Thursdays, 10am-4pm Fridays), throughout May and September.

We will also be selling plants at community events run by our partners in the Waltham Forest Food Growers’ Network. PLease watch this space for more details.

Due to declining demand, we will no longer be offering deliveries of Plant Boxes this year. We do offer compost for delivery to the following post codes: E4, E10, E11, E10, E17, IG8 and IG9, and to pre-order for collection from Hawkwood Nursery. Order here.

Our plants:

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

We can respond to requests for larger orders from community groups which will usually be sown to order. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss this. Our 2023 plant list is available here.

email: plants@organiclea.org.uk
phone: 020 8524 4994

Our Compost:

Throughout the year we sell compost from our Farm Stall at Hawkwood Nursery on Thursdays and Fridays, or by ordering here.

We deliver compost to local postcodes from March – June:  order here to book on to our next delivery day.

Our compost is hand-mixed and bagged on our Hawkwood site by our production team with the support of learners and volunteers. It is 100% peat-free; certified organic by the Soil Association; certified veganic by the Vegan Organic Network and the result of over 20 years of perfecting the recipe. We believe it to be the most sustainable and affordable compost available in Waltham Forest. We are currently trialing compostable bags but you may still receive your compost in a plastic bag while we finish our old stock. The bags are hand-tied with cuttings from a New Zealand Flax and delivered to your door by an electric van, or available to be collected.

We have three different types of hand-mixed compost available: seed, potting-on and container compost, available in 10, 20 and 40 litre bags (approx). We also have green waste compost, Soil Association approved, in 40 litres.

If you want to find out more about our compost or have any questions, please email: plants@organiclea.co.uk

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 here.

Return your pots and compost sacks

We reuse plant pots and compost sacks in good condition. They can be returned to the Hawkwood Plant Nursery in Chingford, or the Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow.

Adopt a fruit tree
Adopt a tree as a gift or to mark a special occasion or as a memorial, and help us care for over 200 fruit trees on our Hawkwood site. Click on the image for more information.


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