There are plenty of ways to be involved in sustainable activities here in and around Waltham Forest – from shopping to support your community, to digging in the local park, to campaigning for change. For monthly updates sign up to Hornbeam enews. If you’d like a regular event listed please get in touch.
Shopping | Bike Rides | Social | Outdoor | Campaigning
Do you source ingredients locally, and pay a fair price for what you buy? Do you know who produced the goods you sell? Do you sell fairtrade or locally grown produce? If so, let us know and we will list you!
Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall: every Saturday 10.30am – 3pm. Ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, plus homemade bread, jams and preserves from outside Matalan, 829-837 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HH. Volunteers always welcome.
Bike Rides (all free)
BARA Bike Ride: First Sunday of the month, 10:30am
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road off High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AD
The Sunday Cycle, first Sunday each month 11am. Meet outside The Mill (7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA) email@example.com.
Walthamstow Family Bike Club: Main Ride. We mix gentle exercise with a relaxed exploration of local open spaces, back street routes you have probably never spotted before, plus a sociable cafe stop mid afternoon. The distance we cover will not exceed 15 miles. Meet 1pm outside the Ancient House Orford Rd/Church Lane junction on the second Sunday each month.
Walthamstow Family Bike Club: Newcomers Ride. Intended for those new to cycling, including families with young children, this free event will especially appeal to those who don’t have the stamina or confidence for our longer ride. Meet at 2pm on the 3rd Sunday every month (March to October) in the Square at the junction of Eden Road and Orford Road, for a marshalled ride around the quiet back streets in Walthamstow Village.
Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride: We meet every fourth Sunday of the month at 10am at Walthamstow Library for a 10:15am start. We have a few routes lined up and usually decide distance and destination on the day according to what people prefer. We usually stay within 30 miles and sometimes considerably shorter. We tend to be back by 3pm and always have a snack stop somewhere. Contact Robert@wfcycling.org.uk
Sunday Mountain Bike Rides from Heales Cycle Shop, Highams Park, weekly.
Lloyd Park Walk for Women: Every Monday 10am – 10.45am. A free and friendly women-only walk on Mondays at Lloyd Park. Meet outside the park cafe (in the middle of the park, next to the play area). All abilities welcome. Wear sensible clothing and flat shoes. Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her on 0208 496 2822. Can’t find us on the day? Call 07530 072216.
Waltham Forest Green Drinks, 1st Tuesday of the month. Informal meet-up for anyone to share information about green projects (environmental, sustainability and community-related) that we are involved in. email@example.com
Leytonstone Green Drinks A monthly friendly get-together for the green and eco-minded, organised by Transition Leytonstone at 8pm on 15th of each month. Newcomers always welcome. The Walnut Tree, 857-861 High Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HH. Contact Ros 0208 556 0885,
Significant Seams Mending Club: Every Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
Do you need help with mending your socks, a seam or hem that’s come undone or a pair of jeans that need shortening? Fancy some company while you stitch? Come along with your items every Wednesday afternoon and receive guidance on how to mend your stuff. £3 recommended donation. Drop ins welcome! Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, Walthamstow, E17 3JX.
Significant Seams Neighbourly Stitch & Knit: Every Thurs 1pm – 3pm
Like a book club, for people who make, want to make, or want to learn to make in the most informal of environments. Partner organisations refer people struggling with anxiety or depression and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence but people’s backgrounds and personal challenges are their own business, for sharing only if they chose. This is a befriending group. £3 recommended donation. Drop Ins Welcome. Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, Walthamstow, E17 3JX.
Outdoor – Getting Involved
Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers: first Sunday of the month 9.45am at 1a Connaught Close, Lea Bridge Rd (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Contact 07757 766950, or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information www.lbcv.org.uk. No experience required.
Under 5’s Nature Explorers FREE adventures and activities in Lloyd Park for under 5s and their parents/carers on the first Weds each month, 10am – 1pm. Booking required. contact Rachel on 07787193981 or e-mail email@example.com Meeting in the Community Room in the Aveling Centre Lloyd Park, E17 4PP
Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods. Enjoy a variety of practical conservation activities on the second Sunday each month 11am. Meet at Larkswood Recreation Ground (Normanshire Drive entrance), Chingford E4. Contact: 020 8524 5794
Organiclea Open Day: Hawkwood Plant Nursery hosts for family friendly Open Days on the last Sunday of every month. Just show up to have look around, talk to the growers, or help out with horticultural tasks. Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH.
Priory Court Gardening Club, Every Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Priory Court Community Centre has its very own sustainable food growing garden. We want to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food… please get in touch! Beginners welcome. 020 8531 9990. Priory Court Community Centre, 11 Priory Court, Walthamstow, London, E17 5NB.
Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening: Every Thursday 10am – 1pm
We meet at the William Morris Garden (near Forest Road gate) in Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow every Thursday. Help keep the new William Morris Garden looking lovely with Lloyd Park’s Head Gardener. Contact 020 8496 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Waltham Forest Green Gym: to improve both your health and the environment at the same time. Experienced leaders guide you through a range of practical projects giving you the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors. Lloyd Park Every Friday, 11am – 2pm. Gareth 02085338022, email@example.com
Green Gyms and other conservation volunteering also in Chingford and Leyton – contact Gareth or Tom 07917267573 firstname.lastname@example.org
Waltham Forest Greenpeace: second Wednesday of every month at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street. 7.30pm – 8.30pm Contact email@example.com, 07967 380548 or visit our website.
Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth: a local volunteer group that meets 3rd Tuesday each month, 8-9pm. We’re always looking for like-minded people to get involved. In the back of the Rose and Crown pub, 53 Hoe St E17 4SA.
Save Lea Marshes: a group of individuals campaigning to ensure that all the Lower Lea Valley marshes – Tottenham Marsh, Walthamstow Marsh, Leyton Marsh and Hackney Marshes – remain open and green. firstname.lastname@example.org