Walk Through Winter Challenge

The Hornbeam’s Walk Through Winter challenge saw dozens of people walking around the borough to explore different elements of their local area based on different themes. Throughout the month of February, we have been so impressed by everyone’s determination to keep going whatever the weather. Thank you to everyone who participated in the photo competition. Here are the winners:

Best landscape in Waltham Forest

Duncan Holmes

Lloyd Park

“On a weekend visit to Lloyd Park I saw the place transformed by flooding and children paddling delightedly. I came back the next day with my wellies so I could get close to the water. Somehow it was impossible to capture the hundreds of seagulls wheeling around the park, but the reflection of the line of trees was perfect that day.”

Most interesting cultural site in Waltham Forest

Heather Gardiner

376 -380 Leyton High Road

“This is the pediment above the former Stratford Co-operative and Industrial Society store in Leyton. The beehive was a frequently used symbol by this society.  It represented the idea that a bee cannot survive alone, but working cooperatively in the hive it will thrive. I feel a particular connection to this place as it is only about a mile from where my grandmother was born and grew up. The society merged with the Edmonton Society and formed the London Cooperative Society, whose headquarters was in the next street to where she lived. I’ve only lived here just over five years, but really feel connected to the area.”

Waltham Forest wildlife

Kath Goodwin

River Lee Navigation path, Alfie’s Lock

“I have walked along this route quite a few times and I always see these geese! Sometimes I get hissed at but generally they are friendly enough.”

Walking Together

Parveen Ahmed

Chingford Green

“There is no better way to spend time with grandchildren in the lockdown than to go for a walk with them in the forest with their pet animals.”

And congratulations to Frances and Stephen Pick for walking the most miles during the challenge!

“We loved this challenge of walking as we are new to this area and it has really helped and stimulated us in getting to know where places are and how they connect. We have loved the beautiful countryside and also the varied architecture of the houses around us mixed with such a rich history. Despite Lockdown we have really appreciated the Village Atmosphere of Chingford and Highams Park. Our favourite places have been Pole Hill and the forest around it and The Butlers Retreat!”  – Frances and Stephen