Green Open Homes Weekend

Dee and Dwight's reclaimed kitchen in their thoroughly ecorefurbed house in Leyton.
Dee and Dwight’s reclaimed kitchen in their thoroughly ecorefurbed house in Leyton.

Can you help Waltham Forest Green Open Homes happen in 2017?

Are you a wonderful local businesses with vision?
Waltham Forest Green Open Homes has been coordinated every year for the past three years by The Hornbeam and is a brilliant, local, far-reaching event which builds our local community.
We are looking for £100+, or in kind support from local businesses to enable this year’s Green Open Homes to happen – could you help? Or could you suggest a local business that might?
Green Open Homes is the same concept as Open House where people visit local homes and venues to gain inspiration in their own lives (or maybe just have a curious nose!). Visitors to the green homes learn about how others are incorporating environmental principles into their home life – reducing energy use or living more sustainably in some way by re-using materials.
Details of each home/venue that took part last year is here – have a look – they are a real inspiration! 
We have previously used grant funding to make this series of events happen.  This year we are looking to the wonderfully community-minded businesses of Walthamstow.
We need to cover:
– brochure design
– brochure print – photo prints and exhibition materials in main shopping malls
– brochure distribution to Waltham Forest venues
– project coordinator’s time
– online publicity coordination time
In return we have a package of publicity benefits that will gain your business considerable reach.
This is a great local networking event with loads of publicity including blogslocal and national press (including BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours last year) and extensive leafleting and posters around the borough.
Please feel free to contact Sue at for more information or call for a chat on 07950 953004. 
MANY THANKS GO TO Providus Financial and AM&Co Accounting for being our first generous sponsors!


18th & 19th June 2016

Join us for a weekend of energy and money-saving ideas around Waltham Forest!

The Hornbeam is proud to present the third Waltham Forest Green Open Homes, on 18 & 19th June 2016 – we’ve got together some of the most interesting ‘green’ homes in the borough for you to have a nosey at! More details of each home and its opening times.

What is Waltham Forest Green Open Homes?
It’s a great opportunity for people to visit homes in the borough that have been made greener, warmer and cheaper to run. Homes range from the traditional to the funky, large and small, low budget and high tech.

All our hosts have a wealth of information and great stories to tell about what motivated them to make these changes, and what they learned in the process. Several of our homes featured in the last two year’s weekends – come and see what has changed in the last twelve months!

Green Open Homers get inspired by a homemade solar shower
Green Open Homers get inspired by a homemade solar shower

Who is it for?
If you are interested in improving your home, living more cheaply and thinking creatively about your living space then this weekend is for you. We have several rented homes in the programme this year, showing that you don’t have to own your home to make substantial improvements – and savings!

How does it work?
This year the homes will be drop-in (except for Dee and Dwight’s house which has two bookable tours on Saturday).

Some homes are open on Saturday, some on Sunday, so use the info here or pick up a brochure and fold out map from the Hornbeam or Waltham Forest libraries to plan your route on each day. Brochures will also be available at each Green Open Home venue and energy advice sessions.

Waltham Forest Green Open Homes map of venues
Waltham Forest Green Open Homes map of venues – pick up the brochures from the Hornbeam and libraries and the Green Open Homes venues on the weekend..Energy Saving Advice  sessions

Tues 14-Thurs 16 June, 10am-4pm

Come and visit HEET, our local energy advice organisation in The Mall, Selbourne Walk – bring your bills and they’ll analyse them for you! Also pick up paint from Forest Recycling Project and even some beautiful upcycled furniture from Shed Homewares E17.

Thurs 16 June, 4-8pm – Hot Tips for Warm Homes with Expert session at 6.30pm
Friday Hill TMO, The Chingdale Centre, 19 Chingdale Road, London E4 6HZ. Expert session on keeping homes warm and saving money at 6.30pm Friday Hill, The Chingdale Centre, 19 Chingdale Road, London, E4 6HZ . Open to all. 

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Sat 18 and Sun 19 June – WALTHAM FOREST GREEN OPEN HOMES WEEKEND – The perfect chance to have a nosey! Visit up to 11 homes that have been referred or decorated with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind. More details of each home and opening times. Plan your route and get in touch if you need any help.

Green Open Homes Bike tours: 
Sat morning meet Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign at the Hornbeam on at 10.45am. Contact: or call 07905 445606

Sun morning meet E11 Cycling Club outside at 10am, Carlton House, Aylmer Road, Leytonstone E11 3AD. Contact This tour ends at the Local Sustainable Hero Awards at 3pm at Forest Recycling Centre, which is also the Green Open Homes ‘wrap’ party – meet the home hosts and quiz them with any unanswered questions and help us celebrate!

Mon 20 June, 11am-1.30pm HEET Energy Advice session at Hornbeam’s Community Monday, 11am-1.30pm.
Bring your bills and get advice from Tom from HEET about how to save money next winter – before it gets here!

Get involved and get in touch!
If you’d like to volunteer support to Green Open Homes by distributing flyers, doing social media or being a volunteer on the day we’d love to hear from you! Email:

Stay in touch
Keep an eye on this website, plus our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more info up until the weekend and please do share and tell others! We want to share the green inspiration and warmth (remember winter?). And do sign-up to our Green Adventures e-news for monthly info about all Hornbeam’s activities.

Sue Wheat
07950 953004

Please share or invite your friends to our Green Open Homes Facebook page for the event:


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