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Need ideas for Mother’s Day? 

22 Mar

Stuck for mother’s day ideas this year? Find out what is happening at the different Lee Valley Regional Parks across London this weekend...


A wheely good day had by all at Lee Valley VeloPark 

7 Mar

A group of students swapped the playing fields for an Olympic race-track in a one-off physical education lesson.


Olympic boxer Nicola Adams inspiring young cyclists at Lee Valley VeloPark 

1 Mar

The world’s first-ever female boxing champion, Nicola Adams, is hoping to inspire youngsters to join the Prudential Ride London.


MP proposes funding changes for £10m Lee Valley Park 

23 Feb

The funding of a 26-mile long park that passes through Stratford could change if a parliamentary bill is approved.


Adventures in the Lea Valley: stirring images of strange and surreal beauty in East London 

12 Jan

Photograph: Polly Braden and David Campany Ask anyone the reason why they moved to East London, and chances are you won’t hear the response: “To be close to nature.


Take a ramble through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

30 Dec

A host of free volunteer-led walks through the Lee Valley, including Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, are to be held in 2017.


Paralympic star Andy Lapthorne returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

23 Sep

Double Rio Paralympic medallist Andy Lapthorne will return to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre today in a bid to find the next generation of wheelchair tennis stars.


Plaistow pupils help take over Lee Valley VeloPark 

13 Jul

More than 240 children, including Cumberland School students, got on their bikes for a new cycling initiative.


Aldwyck and Mears provide funding to local school 

11 Jul

Aldwyck Housing Group is delighted to announce it has provided Portfields Primary School in Newport Pagnell with £8,000 to purchase interactive screens for the schools’ new classroom block.


Photographer hanged himself in woods, inquest concludes 

20 Apr

A commercial photographer was found hanged in thick woodland in Lea Valley Park after a lengthy search, an inquest heard yesterday.


Eight-year-old taking on 50 mile cycle from Lee Valley VeloPark 

15 Apr

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are set to take part in the Thames Bridges Bike Ride to raise money for the Stroke Association.


Cycling stars set for World Championships at Lee Valley Velopark 

19 Feb

The biggest names in world cycling will roll into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in two weeks’ time for what is expected to be the biggest UCI Track Cycling World Championships of the modern era.


Lee Valley VeloStudio launches monthly membership scheme 

20 Jan

Set yourself a New Years’ get-fit regime, but struggling to keep up...


Rowing records broken at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park championships 

15 Dec

Thousands visited the Lee Valley VeloPark on Saturday for the biggest-ever British Indoor Rowing Championships.


NSPCC 60 Minute Challenge at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

4 Oct

Runners of all ages and abilities took to the track in the Lee Valley VeloPark this morning for the NSPCC’s inaugural 60 Minute Challenge.


Futuristic cycle training in velodrome could turn you into the next Bradley Wiggins 

17 Sep

A futuristic cycling training gym has been unveiled at Lee Valley Velopark, so heavy smoker and reporter Barnaby Davis was put through his paces.


East Ham pupils take on Olympic slalom course 

10 Jul

Pupils at an East Ham school made a splash when they took on an Olympic canoeing course at Lee Valley White Water Centre.


Sir Bradley Wiggins breaks cycling hour record at Lee Valley Velodrome 

8 Jun

In his own words, Sir Bradley Wiggins has “raised the bar” after smashing the world record for the furthest distance travelled in an hour by bicycle.


Marshes pavilion plans get green light from council ahead of public inquiry 

4 Jun

Campaigners demonstrate the footprint of the proposed pavilion on the Marshes.


Alarm raised over ‘hazardous’ run-off from fresh concrete laid in nature reserve 

12 May

Paths above the Middlesex Filter Beds in the Lea Valley nature reserve.


Second phase of Olympic Park housing scheme approved 

18 Dec

The second phase of a housing development at Chobham Manor on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has received unanimous approval from the London Legacy Development Corporation.


Cycling superstars return to Lee Valley Velopark for UCI World Cup 

10 Dec

The cycling superstars that lit up 2012 returned to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the weekend for the UCI Track World Cup.


Young tennis stars compete at Lee Valley finals 

5 Dec

Some of the UK’s brightest young tennis prospects will compete at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre today.


Wheelchair tennis players do battle in Olympic Park today 

25 Nov

The world’s top wheelchair tennis players will kick off a five day tournament at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre today.


Competition: Tickets for Revolution Series cycling tournament at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

23 Oct

We’re giving one lucky family the chance to win four tickets to see some of the best cyclists in the world compete at round one of the Revolution Series taking place at Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tomorrow.


Plaistow schoolchildren on the heels of Chris Hoy at schools festival 

20 Oct

Schoolchildren cycled in the tracks of Olympians during an exclusive coaching session at the Lee Valley VeloPort.


Feature: Hitting the mountain bike trails at Lee Valley VeloPark 

16 Oct

Cycling in this country seems to be the thing that suddenly all your mates are obsessing over.


Massive Adidas ad on Marshes slammed as ‘grossly inappropriate’ 

16 Oct

Predatory: giant billboard on Hackney Marshes Centre.


Public Inquiry to be held over Council’s Marshes plans 

29 Sep

An artist’s impression of the planned pavilion on Hackney Marshes.


Octogenarian Sidney Schuman makes world record cycle run at Lee Valley VeloPark 

29 Sep

Turning 84 is no reason to get out of the saddle, at least not for one record holder.


Council submits plans for sports pavilion on Hackney Marshes 

27 Aug

An artist’s impression of how the new facilities might look.


Hyperlocal & blogs

What’s in the bags this week – 24 May 

22 May

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


Learn about bees 

17 May

Sustainable Beekeeping weekend course: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 10am-5.30pm at Hawkwood Nursery This course is for anyone from absolute beginners to experienced beekeepers who is interested in learning about more sustainable, bee-centric ...


What’s in the bags this week – 17 May 

15 May

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


New Bushcraft ‘Wild’ Campsite set to open in Lee Valley this June 

9 May

Its time to abandon the creature comforts of home and embrace your wild side - Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite is almost here! Opening to the public on Friday 30 June, Lee Valley Regional Parks new bushcraft-inspired campsite, located on the Essex/...


What’s in the bags this week – 10 May 

8 May

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


Tottenham community reacts angrily to Mayor’s decision 

4 May

Community organisations around Tottenham Hale have reacted to the London Mayor’s decision to overturn a Haringey Council decision, and impose a development up to 21 storeys on a sensitive site surrounded by Green Belt land and right next to ...


Car Wash Appeals Planning Decision: Please Act! 

3 May

The London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) refused planning permission for a car wash on Metropolitan Open Land near the Lee Valley Ice Rink.


Job Opportunity 

3 May

Enterprise Development Worker – 3 days/week, initial 9 month contract Are you passionate about social enterprise? Could you co-facilitate the development of a garden maintenance workers’ cooperative that delivers social and environmental benefits...


A Place at the Table 

2 May

At the end of April members of Organiclea took part in a Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) action which consisted of a delicious lunch outside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


World of Chillies 

2 May

At our Hawkwood site, we grow and save seed from over 50 cultivars of chilli, a living library in which most of the world’s regions are represented.


What’s in the bags this week – 03 May 

1 May

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


What’s in the bags this week – 26 April 

24 Apr

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


Beating of the Bounds 2017! 

24 Apr

The late great Katy Andrews leading the Beating of the Bounds ceremony.


Lee Valley Park Farms to launch its Super Fresh Milk to public 

24 Apr

Forget the almond, soya bean and rice varieties theres a new, original milk in town: Super Fresh Milk , a deliciously rich, pasteurised whole milk produced by the resident herd of Holstein Friesian dairy cows at Holyfield Hall Farm is now available ...


Winter salad 

21 Apr

Endive Cichorium endivia Light green leaves which are oval and lightly serrated in Escarole types, or long and highly serrated in Frissee types.


Year-round salad 

21 Apr

Wild Rocket Diplotaxis spp.


Spring and summer salad 

21 Apr

Lettuce Lactuca sativa Salad Bowl: with a lobed ‘oak leaf’ in shades of green, red or red/ green combination, a crisp, mild juicy and slightly bitter leaf, high in fibre, potassium, and vitamins C and E.


Lee Valley Big 50 Giveaway launch 

20 Apr

To mark its 50 th anniversary, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is giving away hundreds of FREE tickets for the public to enjoy fun filled experiences at its venues and across the Park.


What’s in the bags this week – 19 April 

18 Apr

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


Disco Soup & Food Forum Launch 

14 Apr

Disco Soup & Local People’s Food Forum launch Date and time: Sunday 30 April 2-6pm Venue: The Scout Hut, 205a Wood Street, Walthamstow E17 3NU The Local People’s Food Forum is a network of different individuals and groups involved in food ...


April Open Day 

14 Apr

The April open day is focused on supporting you to grow! We have compost to give away, our first big plant sale of the season, and a workshop on looking after your plants.


Lee Valley Big Giveaway! 

13 Apr

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Lee Valley are giving you the chance to experience events and activities in the Lee Valley for FREE! All you have to do is apply for the tickets you want...


Discover the history of the Lea valley through raw materials 

13 Apr

A new exhibition – ‘ Raw Materials: Wood’  - that has recently opened at the Nunnery Gallery , Bow Road, E3- showcases  a selection of items, chosen from the  Harris Lebus Collections from Haringey Archive.


What’s in the bags this week – 12 April 

10 Apr

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.


Cabe Merah Keriting 

6 Apr

Origin: Java, Indonesia OrganicLea Heat Rating: 3 The name means literally “curly red chilli”, and “dreadlock chilli” is its nickname.


Romanian Yellow 

6 Apr

Origin: Romania via Italy OrganicLea Heat Rating: 4 An OrganicLea grower noticed that many of the villagers near the town of Sienna in Tuscany grew these attractive golden-yellow peppers in terracotta pots by their front doors.


Christmas Bell/ Rose Chilli 

6 Apr

Origin: Portugal via Brazil OrganicLea Heat Rating: 4 Brought back by Mary Garvie, an OrganincLea grower, who found them grown and sold extensively in the part of Portugal she was visiting.


Nungwi Tamu 

6 Apr

Origin: Zanzibar OrganicLea Heat Rating: 9 OrganicLea volunteer Toby Jones brought these back from the eponymous fishing village.


Cotters Large 

6 Apr

Origin: Kenya OrganicLea Heat Rating: 7 Supplied by Adam, a fellow member of the Heritage Seed Library, who collected them from just outside a Massai Mara reserve.


Mackie Pradesh 

6 Apr

Origin: India OrganicLea Heat Rating: unrated Another variety collected by Jeannie Mackie, friend of OrganicLea, from farmers in Madya Pradesh.



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