Community Haystacks

Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Community Haystacks 2018
Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Lea Bridge Road
E10 7QL

Saturday, 30 June 2018
From 10:30
£20 (concessions £10) per scything workshop, other activities are FREE

Community Haystack 2018

Join the Community Haystacks Team to celebrate the sixth 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.

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

Scything workshops

10:30 - 12:30

Learn how to scythe with scything expert Ida Fabrizio. Refreshments and equipment will be provided.

Prices are £20 per session, (£10 for concessions).

To book a place email

Scything competition

13:00 - 14:30

We are running a scything competition on the Marshes, with local food prizes so sharpen your blades and join us for some urban mowing.

Ranger Ramble

13:00 - 15:00

Join a guided tour around the marshes with park Ranger Eamonn Lawlor. Meet at the entrance to the Lee Valley Ice Centre.

Nature Deficit Clinic

15:00 - 17:00

For a few hours only this ground breaking clinic is setting up shop on the marshes. Get your ad-hoc prescription from our special nature Deficit Clinic team. No charges.

For the good of the village

16:00 - 17:00

Sit down for an informal talk with invited guests to talk about Cultures of Communing, Nature Deficit Disorder in the city and doing things for the 'good of the village' with Ida Fabrizio (Castle Garden and SABI) Michael Smythe (Phytology and Urban Mind and Kathrin Bohm (Myvillages and Company Drinks).

Haystack, Picnic and Music

15:00 - 20:00

Come along to help us build a large community haystack on the marshes. Bring your own picnic and enjoy some live music from 17:00 onwards.

Haystack, Picnic and Music

All day

A large area of the marshes will be dedicated to scything, and open to 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

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



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