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Traineeships and Training opportunities with Organiclea & other friends

Forthcoming training opportunities are below – this includes:

  1. Work-based traineeship opportunities with Organiclea – starting April 2017

  2. Accredited and other courses at Hawkwood and a partner adult learning venue

  3. Tree care and fruit growing workshops at Lordship Rec in Tottenham, London N7

  4. Permaculture courses in London and Brighton

Work-based traineeship opportunities with Organiclea – starting April 2017

We’re looking for 8 people to fill our trainee roles for 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Organiclea community and to take on a specific area of learning and responsibility in community food growing, local food distribution, and infrastructure work.

These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food work and growing. The roles are voluntary.

The roles start in the week beginning 3 April and run until the end of December 2017. Roles are:

  1. Grower (Plants and Production) trainee. Two roles – 9 months, 1.5 days per week.

  2. Grower to Grocer trainee. Two roles – 9 months, 1.5 days per week.

  3. Grower (Horticulture with Fruit and Vines focus). Two roles – 9 months, 1 day per week.

  4. Farm and Garden trainee. One role – 9 months, 1 day per week

  5. Infrastructure trainee. One role – 9 months, 1 day per week

Full role descriptions and application process at

Closing date for applications is Monday 27 February

Accredited and other courses at Hawkwood and a partner adult learning venue


Food Growing Skills Level 1 Award City and Guilds*

Start date: Fri 24 March 2017 for 7 weeks, 10.30-4.30 (no class on Friday 14 April)

Running in partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service.

This course provides an opportunity to achieve an accredited gardening qualification through practical learning. It is designed to build basic and technical skills in the classroom then support this with demonstration practical tasks in Organiclea’s market garden at Hawkwood. It would suit anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or who wants to enhance their food growing knowledge for the home environment.

VENUE: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, E4 7UH For directions see: TO BOOK: Call Adult Learning Service on 020 8496 2974 and quote course code: HNG8478-5TA

Garden Maintenance Skills, Level 1 City and Guilds Award*

Start date: Sat 11 March 2017 for 10 weeks, 10am-1pm

Based at the Adult Learning site in Leytonstone, you will gain skills in plant care, general plant identification techniques, ornamental designs and maintenance especially linked to the spring-summer garden with basic amenity care such as lawns. All theoretical work is backed up by practice in a small outdoor learning garden at the venue and at a local Park. Suitable for those wishing to improve their general gardening knowledge and confidence. It is a very good foundation for the Garden Maintenance Level 2 Award that follows on from it. The tutor can support you to apply for this progression opportunity.

Venue: Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Birbeck Road, Leytonstone. E11 4JF COSTS: £114.00 (Standard fee) / £34.00 (Discounted fee) + FOR BOTH: £35.00 (accred fee) &  £5.00 (materials fee) / FREE FOR THOSE ON JOBSEEKING BENEFITS TO BOOK: Call Adult Learning Service on 020 8496 2974 and quote course code: LLG8502-6TA


Two day workshop: Getting Started on your allotment* Sunday 26 February and 26 March, 10.30-1.30

This two day gardening course is developed to offer quick direction for those just starting out on an allotment, and is also suitable for anyone wanting a quick introduction to organic food growing for their own back gardens. It is a partnership with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service running at OrganicLea’s food growing site.

VENUE: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford. E4 7UH COSTS: £30.00 (std fee) / £15.00 (discounted fee TO BOOK: Call Adult Learning Service on 020 8496 2974 and quote course code: HNG8538-7TI


Looking ahead with Level 2 in mind: We are likely to continue to offer Level 2 City and Guilds opportunities starting in Autumn and Winter 2017 at Organiclea’s Hawkwood site. A description of of these courses for 2016 is on our website. Please email if you would like to be informed of application process as soon as course funding for 2017-18 is confirmed by May 2016.


Tree care and fruit growing workshops at Lordship Rec in Tottenham, London N7

“From Small Acorns….” Tree workshops at Lordship Rec, Higham Road, Tottenham N17 (meet in the Hub Café).

Practical Tree Care Workshop – Saturday 18 February and Wednesday 1 March 10am-4pm Practical tree care; planting, protecting, mulching young and newly planted native species trees in Lordship Rec to enhance bio-diversity, and much more! With Russell Miller, Arboriculturist, environmental expert and lead member of Hackney Tree Musketeers.

Introduction to fruit growing/food forest creation – Saturday 25 February 10am–4pm Types and varieties of trees, soils, practical work in Lordship Rec, Orchard planting, pruning, mulching, protecting newly planted trees – and much more! With Marina O’Connell, organic fruit farmer and permaculture teacher, from The Apricot Centre, Manningtree in Essex.

Booking details: No experience needed. Certificates will be awarded to attendees. Children are welcome with accompanying parents. FREE hot drinks! Bring lunch to share, or buy from The Hub cafe. Much of the workshop will take place outdoors. Come in suitable warm weatherproof clothing and footwear (it can be muddy and wet).

Cost: between £1 and £10 for each day workshop, pay what you can afford. Book a place via Brown Paper Tickets or call in to the Hub office in Lordship Recreation Ground from Monday to Thursday 9am-3pm.


Permaculture courses in London and Brighton

Permaculture courses in London

Introduction to Permaculture, May Project Gardens, 5 March 10am-4.30pm

Design for active community transformation in our neighbourhoods with Permaculture! This one day workshop can either be considered as a stand alone introduction to Permaculture ethics, principles and design, or else can be a lead-in to the more in depth full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The day is led by experienced permaculture teacher Graham Burnett (author and illustrator of Permaculture- a Beginners Guide) in partnership with May Project Gardens, a team of grassroots activists working to educate and empower urban communities to live sustainably. May Project Gardens, 158 Middleton Road,Morden, SM4 6RW . Cost: £40 waged, £25 low income/unwaged. Full details and booking at

Design 4 ACTION (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods)

A permaculture course offering positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! D4A is about regenerative learning, enabling individuals, organisations and communities to come together over six weekends to create empowering solutions to the real world challenges we are all facing in these times of change. A participatory and dynamic course led by Graham Burnett, Claire White, James Taylor and guest teachers. The course takes place at Furtherfield Commons in Finsbury Park, N4, over 6 weekends, March to May 2017. Cost is £790 (with limited subsidised/bursary places available).Full details and booking at

Permaculture courses in Brighton Brighton Permaculture Trust Permaculture Design Course: 18 February – 11 June 2017 12 weekend days based in or near to Brighton. This wide ranging course looks at how we can design resilient, abundant human ‘ecosystems’; working collaboratively with one another to care for the planet, each other and ourselves. Course includes visits to working projects including Ben Law’s woodland house and business. For full details and booking info see

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