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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

Proof that the LVRPA have long planned to sell off land to fund the new ice rink 

24 Mar

We suspected the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) was lying when Shaun Dawson, the Chief Executive, and Paul Osborne, the Chairman, told us, on 19 January 2017, that there has been no decision to sell of the land around the Waterworks ...


Test chilli 

24 Mar

This is a test chilli which may or may not really exist...


Bolivian Rainbow 

22 Mar

Origin: Bolivia OrganicLea Heat Rating: 7 This is an ornamental  pepper, yielding many small (2-3 cm) fruit that range in colour from purple to yellow to orange before ripening to a fiery red.


Tabasco 

22 Mar

Origin: Mexico OrganicLea Heat Rating: 4 The chilli behind the iconic McIlheny’s Tabasco Sauce.


Long Green Buddha 

21 Mar

Origin: India OrganicLea Heat Rating: 1 This is a pleasant, mild chilli which, when green is excellent in salsas.


Takanotsume 

21 Mar

Origin: Japan OrganicLea Heat Rating: 6 This means “Hawk’s Claw” in Japanese, referring to its talon shape.


Ring of Fire 

21 Mar

 Origin: USA OrganicLea Heat Rating: 8 This is a great one for UK gardeners: one of the earliest hot chillies to grow and ripen, cropping heavily, and the seed is widely available.


22 March 2017 

20 Mar

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


Rhubarb Open Day 

15 Mar

The March open day theme is rhubarb! Come and celebrate the first fruits of this season and the brewed fruits of last season.


Ramble on the edge of Essex and London 

15 Mar

It is my ambition to explore every inch of the Ordnance Survey Explorer 174 Map of Epping Forest Lee Valley – Hertford Harlow .


15 March 2017 

14 Mar

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


8 March 2017 

6 Mar

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


Even More developments 

2 Mar

Here are some horror stories: LEA BRIDGE STATION AREA Waltham Forest Council Cabinet, in advance of considering the so-far-undisclosed outcomes of the recent Lea Valley Eastside "Vision" public consultation, met yesterday to decide on the shape of a ...


Buddy scheme 

1 Mar

Become an Organiclea buddy We are looking for volunteers at Hawkwood Plant Nursery to ‘buddy’ other volunteers who have higher support needs and with this intial support, demonstrate rapidly increased confidence and familiarity with tasks.


Get growing 

27 Feb

As the seed sowing gathers pace in the glasshouse (see Ru’s grower’s blog for musings on a past sowing and sprouting season), we look ahead to this season’s plant sales – find out what’s on offer.


1 March 2017 

27 Feb

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


Win a year’s free fishing – Lee Valley Anglers challenged with year-long 50th anniversary competitions 

23 Feb

Anglers are invited to participate in a series of challenges that will run throughout 2017 and reward successful entrants with special prizes.


Job opportunity 

22 Feb

OrganicLea is looking for new co-op members! Do you share a passion for developing and delivering a sustainable community food enterprise? Can you combine strategic development with day to day operational delivery? Are you excited by spanners and ...


Epic Lea Valley Hike from Leytonstone to Hertford 

21 Feb

7.30am and the dog has pissed in my boot.


Goodbye T46 

20 Feb

On Hackney Marsh the poplars stand forlorn – The dingy old pavilion built of bricks Dilapidated – pot-holed carpark.


22 February 2017 

20 Feb

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


February Open Day 

17 Feb

Winter fruit care is the theme for this month’s seasonal blitz and open day.


Waltham Forest Council Refuse To Debate Waterworks Development 

15 Feb

Council refuse to debate issues raised by Leyton Marshes petition in Full Council Meeting If a petition reaches 4000 signatures Waltham Forest Council say they will debate it in Full Council.


15 February 2017 

13 Feb

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


Trainee roles 

7 Feb

We’re looking for 8 people to fill our trainee roles for 2017.


8 February 2017 

6 Feb

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


LVRPA Officially Respond to ‘Eastside Vision’: Conceding Little Ground on Waterworks Plans 

3 Feb

The day after we handed in our large petition to Waltham Forest Council, we received a copy of the official letter that has been written by Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, to the council regarding the plans ...


Anniversary competition to offer schools free travel to Lee Valley Regional Park 

1 Feb

Curious and creative primary school children from across the south-east are invited to take part in a special Find 50 competition to win free return travel for their class to Lee Valley Regional Park this year.


1 Febuary 2017 

30 Jan

Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Eves Hill Veg Co (Norfolk), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), Hawkwood Plant ...


Resist Lea Valley Park land sell-off 

30 Jan

We're very concerned about a threat to sell park land near the north edge of Hackney Marsh to build housing.



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