Welcome to the Hornbeam:  a community organisation working with a range of partners in Waltham Forest and beyond.

  • SPACE for communities to meet in E17 and E4
  • TIME and support to develop community initiatives
  • SKILLS and knowledge about low cost, low impact living.

Our E17 space hosts the Hornbeam Café, run by Norman Loves with Hornbeam volunteers… serving affordable vegetarian food made from organic, seasonal, locally grown and/or fairly traded ingredients.

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  • July Film night – Self-building their way out of the housing crisis July 11, 2016 Rebecca TullyJuly’s film night at the Hornbeam will be organised by Family Foundations Self-build Group – a new self-build group in Waltham Forest. Family Foundation are being mentored by John Struthers who organised a community eco self-build for 10 families which was part of  the Hornbeam-run Waltham Forest Green Open Homes last month. John will be ...
  • July 18 – Community Monday: Painting chocolate garden beasts July 11, 2016 Rebecca TullyOur next Community Monday is something very different! E17 Art Trail Idea Sparks Workshop have organised for food artist Sarah Hardy from The Edible Museum to run an unusual workshop painting and decorating chocolate snails. Is it art, entomology or an edible treat? In preparation for the next E17 Art Trail, Artillery are running a series ...
  • Well-Being Day 2nd July: Free Sessions and More June 25, 2016 Rebecca TullyHealth and Wellbeing Day, Saturday 2nd July Learning Lodge, Chingford 11am­-4pm Come along to an amazing Well­being day at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve and Learning Lodge in Chingford. Yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, dance,  singing, nutrition and medicinal herbs workshops and more…. WHO’S DOING WHAT WHEN LATEST LINE UP FOR SATURDAY – AND IT’S ALL FREE! 
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  • Green Homes – This Weekend! June 17, 2016 Rebecca TullyGreen Open Homes featured on Radio 4, and ‘The House that Sell or Swap Built’ in Charlie’s own words. We made it to Radio 4 today!  Hear more about Claire and Dan’s rainwater harvesting, John’s self-build and more,  from 35 mins in following this link.  More details of all the homes open this weekend here. We’re already ...

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Community cafe, event space and environment centre // 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH // 020 8558 6880