Community Haystacks

Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Community Haystacks 2017
Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Lea Bridge Road
E10 7QL

Saturday, 24 June 2017 to Sunday, 25 June 2017
From 10:30
£18 per scything workshop, other activities are FREE

Fifth Annual Community Haystacks Event

Join the Community Haystacks Team during this summer weekend to celebrate the fifth annual Community Haystacks event in one of London's last remaining ancient pieces of semi-natural marshland, Walthamstow Marshes.

Last year over 100 people were welcomed, including local residents, historians, activists, artists, families and scything enthusiasts as they learnt tips and tricks of scything for all levels.

Now in it's fifth year, the Community Hay Harvest takes place over two days with a series of scything workshops, talks, communal picnics culminating in a scything competition.

Plenty of hay for play means children can participate too, making haystacks and mazes of their own!

Scything workshops

Sat 24, 10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 & 16:00-18:00

Learn how to scythe with scything expert Clive Leeke. Refreshments and equipment will be provided.

Prices are £18 per session, (£9 for concessions).

To book a place email

Commons discussion

Sat 24, 12:30-14:00

Join us for an informal public talk, with invited guests, about the history of the land and related cultures of communing. Guests include writer and sociologist Avery Gordon and New Lammas Land Defence committee member Joe Ward.

Scything competition

Sun 25, 13:30-15:00

For the second time, a scything competition will run on the Marshes, with local food prizes for 'best windrow', 'best quality sward', 'best overall performance and style' and 'best beginner/newcomer'.

Haystack building

Sun 25, 12:00-16:00

Come along to help us build a large community haystack on the Marshes. Bring your own picnic and join a guided tour around the Marshes with the park Rangers, 13:00-15:00.

Throughout the event we will have a dedicated area to scything and will be open for all those who already know how to scythe.

Top tips

  • Please wear suitable clothing and footwear as all activities will take place outside

  • This event is aimed at ages 12 and above

  •  Refreshments will not be provided. Why not bring a picnic for the family and enjoy a day in the sunshine?

Getting there

Bus: numbers 48, 55, 56 stop on Lea Bridge Road. Buses stop at Lee Valley Ice Centre, follow the Lee Valley Walk to the event.

Train: the nearest station is Clapton (20 minute walk). Walthamstow Central is a short bus ride away

Car: chargeable and limited parking is available onsite at Lee Valley Ice Centre


The only activity you'll have to book onto is the Scythe Workshop. Please email or call 07941 696515 for more information



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