Pick up a Green Open Homes brochure and map at the Hornbeam, any library or popular venues in the borough or print it out from here.
Drop in and get inspired!
Note: End times are leaving times so please arrive in advance. Suggested time per venue 30 mins to 1 hour, depending on extent of features.
Key: UF: Unique Feature. I – Insulation. G – Glazing. L – Lighting. W -Water conservation. U – Upcycled or sustainable materials. GS Garden Solutions. £ – low cost improvements. R – Renewable energy C – Community
1b. Forest Recycling Project:
The Paint Place and reclaimed furniture
Sat 16 Sept 10.30am-4pm
FRP, 2C Bakers Avenue, E17 9AW (behind the
Hornbeam) Shop for surplus paint, upcycled furnitur and scaffold boards – ideal for allotments and gardens.
U, £, R
1c. Organiclea fruit and veg stalls
Sat 16 Sept, outside the
Hornbeam, E17 9AH
10am-3pm. Also between
Matalan and St John’s
Church, E11 1HH
10.30am-3pm Also find out about their natural building courses. www.organiclea.org.uk £, C, R, GS
Sat 16 Sept 2-6pm
172 Murchison Road,
Leyton E10 6LX UF: Solar water, solar PV electric, organic small
space gardening. Surplus food and plants stall.
R, £, GS, W
Paul and Fiona Sat 16 Sept 12-4pm 46 Sandringham Road E10 6HJ Kitchen, conservatory and extensive garden eco-makeover. Reclaimed and re-used materials. Electric bike officionado.
I, R, U, G, £, GS, W
The Drive Housing Coop Sat 16 Sept, tours at 12pm and 2pm only. 8 The Drive, London E17 3BW UF: Cooperative living, 11-bedroom intentional community and fully mutual housing co-op £, C, UF
Tom and Sallie Sat 16 Sept 10.30am-3.30pm 17 Chestnuts Av North, E17 3NF UF: Solar thermal heating, heat recovery unit, secondary glazing. Tom runs HEET which provides energy saving support and advice. I, R
Isabel and Andy
Sat 16 September 11am-4pm 63 Melford Road, E17 7EN UF: Cedar-clad, sedum-roofed extension, internal and external wall insulation, high-spec glazing, bamboo flooring.
I, G, W, U, GS, £
Claire and Dan
Sat 16 Sept and Sun 17 Sept 1-5pm
51 Ritchings Avenue, E17 6LD UF: Professional, hidden, rainwater harvesting
system used in toilets and washing machine.
W, GS, UF
Ruby Stables Sat & Sun 12.30-6pm Ruby Road, E17 4RB Plants plus reclaimed, vintage, funky items for the house and garden.
£, U, GS
‘Useful and Beautiful’ mural Public space – daylight hours 434 Forest Road Walthamstow E17 4PY Wood St Walls mural on side of Salvation Army wall, corner of Ruby Road and Forest Road. This one isn’t on an insulated wall but the ethos is there!
William Morris Insulated External Wall Public space – daylight hours 9 Bedford Road, E17 4PX UF: Insulation and art!
Beautiful mural of William Morris by Wood St Walls on top of external wall insulation by Be Constructive Ltd. If you have an external wall you’d love to see insulated and painted get in touch! I, C, UF
Sue and Michael
Sun 17 Sept 10am-3pm
243 Chingford Road,
Walthamstow E17 5AB. Internal wall and floor insulation systems and heat recovery ventilation unit to tackle condensation. Reclaimed materials, eco-decoration, DIY.
I, U, £
Sir George Monoux College Chingford Road, E17 5AA Sat 16 Sept 10am-1pm Sir George Monoux College is on its way to being zero carbon with multiple energy saving and sustainability features. UF: an eco-gym is the only way students can charge their phones.
R, GS, £, UF, L, C
Sat 16 Sept 12-3pm
Sun 17 Sept 11.30am-1.30pm
103 Northbank Road,
E17 4JY UF: DIY total refurb. Internal wall and underfloor insulation and heating, reclaimed materials, sash window draught-proofing, plus exciting future heating and water plans.
I, G, L, W, U
John and neighbours
Sat 16 Sept 10am-4pm
Sun 17 Sept, 1-4pm
9 Headway Gdns, off
Penrhyn Grove E17 5FA UF: Community self-build,
PV solar panels, insulation, glazing
and water conservation. Read the story of Headway Gardens.
Icons: I, G, R, C, £, W, UF
Rebecca and Luke
Sat 16 and Sun 17 Sept 12am-3pm
27 Penrhyn Crescent,
E17 5BH UF: DIY summer solar shower and composting toilet.
Icons: W, U, £, R, UF
Charlie – Nostalji
Sun 17 Sept 12-5.30pm
219 Billet Road, E17 5NS
UF: Upcycling. Come and be inspired by Charlie’s home /workshop where she runs her upholstery and upcycling business.
U, GS, £, UF
Mary, Allan and Anna Sat 16 Sept 11am-12pm, then 3-4pm Sun 17 Sept 11am-12pm, then 3-6pm 12 Gordon Close, E17 8PF Solar PV panels, secondary glazing, reclaimed fittings, flooring and furniture, green paints.
Have you done something with your home or workplace that makes it energy efficient or eco in some way?
You might have gone the whole hog with solar panels, or have nifty gadgets that help you save energy. Have you upcycled lots of things or insulated your house to lower your energy bills? Perhaps you’ve got a wonderful garden that uses permaculture principles or is landscaped using reclaimed items?
Whatever you’ve done – we’d love to hear from you asap. The Hornbeam has run Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes every year now and this is the fourth year and it’s always really popular. Like Open House or the E17 Art Trail – people kindly open their doors to the public and share their top tips of low cost and eco living.
If you would like to open your home/workplace on the weekend of 16/17 September 2017 please get in touch.
Or if you’ve got an idea for a talk, demo or activity – we’d also love to hear from you!
We also need VOLUNTEERS to help out on events chatting to the public, social media and proof reading. If you’re able to help please fill in our volunteering form giving your availability, interest and skills.
The Hornbeam and This is Rubbish are working together to run Waltham Forest’s Best Before Project. We are working with anti food waste campaigning and redistribution organisation ‘Best Before‘ to raise awareness among local food retailers that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.
To help us reach out to people in the community we are seeking passionate Food Rescuer Volunteers across Waltham Forest. They are working
Volunteers will encourage and support retailers to sell food passed its Best Before date at a reduced price; showing we can reduce waste and also educating their customers. Shops will also be able to donate food which they don’t want to sell, to other projects such as food banks and the People’s Kitchen and E17’s Disco Soup.
We’re looking for enthusiastic people to help run collections, engage shops, help with distribution, or run awareness-raising events.
A Disco Soup is a way of collecting a lot of food that was going to be wasted, cooking it into something yummy together with a lot of people and having fun in the process.
Join us to fill bellies instead of bins!
This event is also a perfect opportunity to bring the diverse range of local food organisations together to launch the Local People’s Food Forum. So come along to discover what is being done in Waltham Forest to build a sustainable food system, from farm to fork and beyond.
This family-friendly event is free and all are welcome! There will also be stalls, workshops and live entertainment! For any more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling local Food Rescuers to take action on Food Waste
The Best Before Project, with support of the Hornbeam Centre, has an exciting new opportunity for volunteers to gain an AQA accreditation in Designing, Planning & Delivering a Social Action Project. Taking part in this programme gives participants evidence of developing and improving important work and community skills.
Participants will work in a team and be supported to put on an event or multiple pop-up ‘pay what you feel’ stalls in the borough. The aim is to raise awareness among local people and independent food retailers and that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.
Volunteers will practically help reduce preventable food waste and therefore save natural resources and enable people and small community organisations to save money.
There are many other ways to be part of Food Rescuing activities in the borough and we are keen to hear from organisations that can use or distribute food, or groups that would like to run their own ‘pay-what-you-feel’ stall.
See the volunteer role descriptions below for more details about the project and specific opportunities.
It’s time to get our systems in order once and for all – do you have the experience, skills and a friendly temperament to help us do it?
We are looking for someone to co-ordinate administrative systems at the Hornbeam, including financial, bookings and communications. The role is seven hours a week for six months, with some additional days for induction and this role will possibly be extended.
This role would suit someone who already has experience of working in small, non-hierarchical environments, with strong organisational skills and an ability to work on own initiative as part of a team.
Please take a look at and share the Job Description, and complete the online form to apply.
Tuesday 24th January, 2.30-4.30pm at Friday Hill TMO, Chingford
Make your own herbal remedies for the family with local medical herbalist Rasheeqa of Hedge Herbs.
Learn how to make effective and tasty medicines for the kids when they get poorly, with kitchen ingredients and local plants! Natural healthcare at low cost and with connection to our environment: healthy families, healthy communities, healthy earth.
We will look at common seasonal lurgies from coughs, colds and flus to allergies, skin and tummy upsets.
Make and take home a winter herbal cough syrup for the family.