COMMUNITY HAYSTACK 2019
Saturday 20th July, all day
Near the Horse Shoe Bridge at Springfield Marina
East London E5 9BL
Announcing this year’s annual haystack event on the Walthamstow Marshes! A day long communal hay harvest and get together on the Walthamstow Marshes. Learn how to scythe, build a haystack, ramble the marshes, find medicinal local plants, fight your very own nature deficit syndrome and ‘bring a picnic’ or some music for a casual outdoor gathering.
The location this year will be different from previous Commnunity Haystacks. We will be much closer to Springfield Marina, using the picnic area on the canal for the talk and music session in the evening (map below)
10.30am – 1pm
LEARN HOW TO SCYTHE
With local super scyther Ida Fabrizio. Refreshments and equipment are provided.
Book your place here.
£22 (concessions £16)
1.00 – 5.00pm
A large area of the marshes will be open to those who already know how to SCYTHE. Help us build a large HAYSTACK and kids can have fun in the HAY AND PLAY area. BRING YOUR OWN PIC-NIC.
We are running a scything competition on the marshes – sharpen your blades and join us for some urban mowing. Prizes from local food manufacturers.
GET TO KNOW THE MARSHES
Join a guided tour around the marshes with park ranger Eamonn Lawlor and Herbalist Melissa Ronaldson from The Herbal Barge.
Meet at Coppermill Cark Park.
TALK, DRINKS AND MUSIC
We are relocating to the pic-nic area next to Horse Shoe Bridge, where the Herbal Barge will be mooring, and serving drinks. Join us for an informal talk at 6.00pm about Nature Deficit Syndrome, doing things for the “good of the village” and urban foraging.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Community Haystack 2019 is taking place near the Springfield Marina on Walthamstow Marshes.
There is no provision of toilets or drinks and food on site. Please use Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lee Valley Riding Centre or Springfield Café as the nearest facilities.
The event will take place whatever the weather.
Please follow the local weather forecast on the day and dress accordingly.
This event is organised by the east London based Community
Haystacks Group together with Lee Valley
Regional Park’s Rangers.
For information 07941 696515
Haystacks tell us something about agricultural land use, local traditions and collective efforts.The Haystacks series addresses rural practices and histories in Kathrin’s home town London and invites guests and specialists to talk about specific topics in relation to land, labour and usership.