Help build a woodland classroom for teaching people to grow food

OrganicLea food-growers co-operative need your help in raising money for a round house in north-east London.

Woodland classroom. Photo credit: OrganicLea

Woodland classroom. Photo credit: OrganicLea

Published: 20 Sep 2018

Please help OrganicLea get their new Woodland Classroom on the ground - enabling them to meet an ever-growing demand for nature-based learning and food-growing skills. They are trying to raise £38,000 to build a round house, to host therapeutic sessions and to be an informal educational space for people who thrive outside the norm.

OrganicLea is a food-growing cooperative located in north-east London in the borough of Waltham Forest, on the edge of Epping Forest in the Lea Valley.  They work with individuals, communities, schools and groups offering horticultural training and volunteering, enabling people to take part in a better and more just food system as they reconnect with the land, their food and each other. They support a diversity of people to gain confidence, skills and social connection, and to improve their wellbeing.

The Woodland Classroom will be nestled into the trees at their 12-acre organic market garden and wildlife haven, Hawkwood Plant Nursery. It will be a roundhouse structure built using organic materials from the local surroundings, with traditional greenwood techniques.  Most importantly it will be used for workshops, training, a place for people to gather and be, a space for nature-based learning activities for all age groups.

OrganicLea is part of Capital Growth's Food Growing Network