Wood St Walls - Useful and Beautiful mural

Waltham Forest Green Open Homes 2017

Date/Time
Sat 16th Sep 2017 - Sun 17th Sep 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm

Location
The Hornbeam E17


(Please note although The Hornbeam is coodinating this, all the venues are around the borough – see below).

Drop in to some of Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes around the borough and get inspired during the weekend of 16 and 17 Sept.

WHAT IS WALTHAM FOREST GREEN OPEN HOMES?

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

Green Open Homes is a great opportunity for people to visit homes in Waltham Forest to see how they’ve been made greener, warmer and cheaper to run. Homes range from the traditional to the funky, large and small, low budget and high tech! Full listing of venues here.

Last year we even got covered on Radio 4’s You and Yours so have a listen to interviews (GOH feature is at 35mins 15secs) with John Struthers from Headway Gardens self-build, Claire and Dan about rainwater harvesting, Sue and Michael about their ecorfurb and Rebecca and Luke explaining their DIY solar shower and composting loo. Great programme!

John Struthers from Headway Gardens and Dan Kelly will also be speaking at Meet the Experts Night on Tues 26 Sept as well as opening on both Sat and Sun of the weekend.

This year we have around 18 homes or venues taking part. Pick up a brochure and map from The Hornbeam, libraries or lots of venues in the borough or see the list of venues here. 

All of the 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.

The Paint Place in FRP - surplus paint for a song
The Paint Place in FRP – surplus paint for a song

Also on the trail is the Hornbeam café (which is coordinating Green Open Homes) and Forest Recycling Project behind the café which sells reclaimed paint, handmade furniture, and scaffolding boards for planters and raised beds.

Who is it for?

If you’re interested in improving your home, living more cheaply, reducing your carbon footprint and thinking creatively about your living space then this weekend is for you. Many venues have incorporated beautiful and clever reclaimed building solutions and upcycled furniture.

Charlie's house has been furnished almost exclusively from Sell or Swap and charity shops - and been upcycled by Charlie using her skills from her upcycling business Nostalji Home Designs.
Charlie’s house has been furnished almost exclusively from Sell or Swap and charity shops – and been upcycled by Charlie using her skills from her upcycling business Nostalji Home Designs.

Plus find out about how self-build homes like Headway Gardens could be part of the borough’s future. It’s inspiring stuff!

John Struthers - one of the local people ‘taking the housing crisis into their own hands’ with a self-build housing project.
John Struthers – one of the local people ‘taking the housing crisis into their own hands’ with a self-build housing project.

What will we see?

The homes are fantastically varied. Topics include: solar heating and solar water (even a homemade solar shower), a composting loo, ventilation, rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency, beautiful upcycling, organic gardening, reclaimed and sustainable materials self-build housing, and the solution to condensation – wall insulation.

Claire and Dan next to their invisible rainwater harvesting system.
Claire and Dan next to their invisible rainwater harvesting system.

One of our new places on our map is the the fabulous William Morris mural wall painted on external wall insulation by Wood St Walls in Bedford Road. In fact, get in touch if you’ve got a large external wall as they are looking for more to make warm and beautiful!

Can we just drop in?

Yes, all the houses are drop-in but check which days and times each is open. Everyone’s quite relaxed, just be friendly and respectful of people’s homes.

What’s the best way to plan the route?

Green Open Homes map 2017 - pick up a paper map at The Hornbeam, libraries or venues around the borough.
Green Open Homes map 2017 – pick up a paper map at The Hornbeam, libraries or venues around the borough.

Pick up the Green Open Homes brochure available at the Hornbeam and venues around the borough now or see the full listings here. See which homes are open which days and times and plan a route.

There are also two cycle tours on Saturday 16 Sept – one starting at the Hornbeam café with Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign at 10am and North Star Velo Leytonstone cycle group from outside McDonalds in Leytonstone  at 1pm.

Suggested time per venue 30 mins to 1 hour, depending on extent of features.

And there’s more…..

Come and see the Energy Doctor….

There’s also an Energy Pop-Up Café in The Mall, Selbourne Walk the week before the Green Open Homes weekend. Get prepared for the colder months with HEET’s Hot Tips for Warm Homes – come and chat, get advice and book a consultation. 11am-1.30pm [days to be confirmed].

Meet the Experts Night – Tues 26 Sept, 7-9.30

Come along to an evening of inspirational talks and discussion on all the topics of Green Open Homes. Speakers. Book a ticket now as seating is limited.

Thank you to our sponsors!

We are very grateful to our wonderful sponsors who are helping make Waltham Forest Green Open Homes happen.

Providus Financial – E17 ethical finance advice

Abbott Damp Proofing – damp proofing and insulation specialist

Asim Manzoor accountancy

Wood St Walls – E17 Street Art collective

The Mall, Selbourne Walk – E17’s market-side shopping mall, and host to our Energy Dr pop-up.

Sir George Monoux College – Green Open Home venue number 12 and Meet the Experts Night location on Tues 26 Sept. 

For more info contact:

Sue Wheat and Hannah Boustred
greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk
07950 953004

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