The Festival is over for another year, but the growing continues! Join us for the
Waltham Forest Summer Produce Show Saturday 18th July at the Walthamstow Garden Party. We invite Waltham Forest residents to submit entries to any of three categories:
1) Homegrown Produce
2) Preserved Produce
3) Ingenious Planters
Waltham Forest Council’s Cultivate Festival happened over 9 days in March 2015. Highlights for this year’s programme included:
- The Gardeners’ Q&A
- The Big Compost Giveaway
- Grow Your Own Challenge
- A school’s challenge
- The Big Dig
- Fringe Festival events including: talks, workshops, walks and cycle tour
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “Last year was a huge success and proved that there is a real appetite amongst local residents to grow their own food. In addition to this, I was especially pleased that we also gave away over 30 tonnes of free compost to our residents. I’m confident this year we can build on that success and continue to transform our corner of the capital into the garden of London.”
Waltham Forest Council’s Cultivate Festival continues to provide a focus for the borough’s successful movement of food growers, and will bring together the many organisations, community groups and individuals who grow for themselves – and for sale – within a sustainable ethos.
A full and varied programme of food tastings, cooking sessions, presentations, workshops and activities will be hosted throughout the festival by the many community groups and local businesses engaged in the food growing cycle. The line-up will provide opportunities for everyone – from novice gardener to experienced allotment holder – to explore, learn and share their knowledge.
Montage image credit: Nicola Tree