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It's great when you Cultivate - Festival returns in September

The Cultivate food growing festival returns with the second half of its 2016 programme this September, with a host of activities, demonstrations, talks and giveaways focused on harvesting and autumn produce.

Now in its third year, Cultivate has been extended for 2016 to incorporate the whole growing season. It began with a week of activities in March, and now rounds with another packed programme running from 3 to 11 September.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Nearly 2000 residents and community organisations took part in the first part of this year’s Cultivate festival, and we also gave away 600 of our Grow Your Own starter packs and a whopping 200 tonnes of compost.

“September is all about harvesting and that’s the theme for the second part of the festival. Our aim is to become the food growing capital of London, and once you see what we have to offer over the nine days, I’m sure you’ll agree that we are very much on our way!”

Highlights from the programme include Cultivate Produce Show at the Leytonstone Get Together (4 September), which will celebrate successes from the growing season. Everyone growing food or preparing preserved food in Waltham Forest is encouraged to enter the competition with some great prizes on offer. There will be separate categories for fresh produce and preserved produce, as well as special categories for young growers. To enter you just need to bring your entries to the Cultivate Marquee between 1pm and 3.30pm. Winners will be announced from 5pm on the day.

The People’s Food Fair takes place on Saturday 10 September at the Hornnbeam Centre in Walthamstow (458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH) with a full day of activities running from 10 until late. There will be a local beer and cider festival running all day, with delicious organic vegetarian and vegan street food available. There will also be workshops on setting up your own salad window box at home, and understanding the fascinating world of the honeybee.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Cultivate festival without a Big Compost Giveaway, so you can grab a bag and shovel and help yourself at the following locations from 3-11 September.

  • Church Lane car park, Leytonstone (E11 1HE)

  • Langthorne Park car park, Birch Grove, Leytonstone (E11 4YG)

  • Low Hall Sports Ground, Lower Access Road, Walthamstow (E17 8AX)

  • John Beanse Waste and Recycling Education Centre Car Park, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, 48 Kings Road, Chingford (E4 7HR)

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