Events

We host regular open days at Cordwainers Garden when you can come and have a tour of the garden, eat delicious cake and hear more about our projects. We often run workshops at these events too. You can also join our mailing list to hear about upcoming events.

We are also running monthly network events for community spaces in Hackney.  We have a small budget for this so get in touch if you’d like to take part.

Urban plant safari: Nature walk and botanical drawing
Wednesday 23rd August
5.30pm – 8.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
In this session you will go on a walk of discovery – to reveal overlooked wildlife in the nooks and crannies of our streets. You will learn some basic botanical terms, methods of identifying plants and names of wild flowers and grasses such as mouse ear and bristly ox tongue. You will scrutinise and record them through drawing – with the help of artist Neela Basu. The walk will be led by gardener, Kate Poland, who founded and runs Cordwainers Community Garden, and champions those plants that some people call weeds. Tickets £12.50/20£20, booking via Capital Growth.

Previous events

Grow your own herbs workshop
Saturday 24th June
10.30 – 1.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
A workshop about growing your own herbs for making teas and remedied. Organised as part of Capital Growth training hubs calendar. Booking via Capital Growth.

Herbal Hatter’s Tea Party
Friday 21st April
2.00 – 5.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
A little launch event for our community herb growing project Hackney Blends. To coincide with National Tea Day we’ll be having a tea party with a herbal twist, naturally.There will be tea tasting, herb-infused snacks including herbal marshmallows made by Helly’s Kitchen and gardening activities. We’ll be showing you how to sow some herb seeds to take home and as ever demonstrating how herbs can be used for general wellbeing. FREE event + family friendly. RSVP here.

The Big Dig
Saturday 22nd April
11.00 – 3.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
We are taking part in Capital Growth’s Big Dig event. Come and see the garden, swap seeds and meet other gardeners. No need to book, just turn up!

Hackney Herbal: Growing Your Own Herbs Workshop
Sunday 23rd April
11.00pm – 4.00pm.

Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
A 1-day course to teach you everything you need to know to get started on your own herbs growing project. This informative workshop will be a mix of theory and practical activities to give you all the knowledge to feel confident about growing your own herbs. It is also suitable for complete beginners and those who already have some gardening or growing experience. Tickets £40. More info and booking here.

Grow a Gardener Community Gardening Training Course
Friday 28th April
10.00pm – 4.00pm

Studio 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street, E9 7PX
This regular course is designed around our own experiences of running a community space and the needs of community gardeners. It includes practical and theoretical guidance and all participants join our network which provides other practical workshops and networking opportunities to meet our cohort of gardeners. Tickets £5. More info and booking here.



Blend Your Own Herbal Tea Workshop
Thursday 16th March
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Studio 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street, E9 7PX
The Hackney Herbal team will be sharing thie top tips for blending your own herbal tea. We will be brewing up some of our favourite blends during the class for you to try out. You’ll also get to blend and taste your own creations during the class as well as taking home a pack of teabags to enjoy at home. Tickets £15. More info and booking here!

Get together and Seed Swap + FREE lunch
Sunday 5th March
12.00 – 2.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
Join us in the garden for our first Spring get together for the Grow a Gardener network. Bring a small annoying job you’ve been putting off doing all winter – a tool that needs sharpening, gloves that need pairing, seeds that need sorting, or just advice on how the rest of us can lead a more ordered life! Free lunch. Bring seeds to swap. Free and open to all, please RSVP via email.

Chelsea Physic Garden Wine and Twine
Thursday 2nd March
6.30pm – 9.30pm

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS
A brief talk about the history of flax and linen with the opportunity to spin fibres to create your own twine. Then decorate your own packet of flax seeds to take home using the cyanotype process. Wine and nibbles plus all materials will be provided. Tickets £35. More info and booking here!

Herbal Wellbeing Workshop
Saturday 26th February
2.00pm – 5.00pm

Studio 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street, E9 7PX
The Hackney Herbal team will be showing you how to make your own herbal goodies. The workshop will talk you through the basics of how we turn herbs into products and you will get a chance to have a go yourself and take home what you make. You will take home a personalised lipbalm, a pack of your own crafted teabags and a relaxation spray. Tickets £20. More info and booking here!

Herbal Soap Making workshop
Sunday 12th February
2.00pm – 5.00pm.

Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
A beginner’s introduction to the traditional method of cold process soap making. You will take home a personalised lipbalm, a pack of your own crafted teabags and a relaxation spray. . Tickets £20. More info and booking here!

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Drawing the garden
Monday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November
6.00pm-8.00pm

Room A101, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RF
Try different techniques and materials for drawing seasonal plants and seeds from Cordwainers Garden. Drop in to our relaxed drawing sessions led by artist Neela Basu. £4 donation.

Flax Workshop
Saturday 8th October
2.00-4.00pm

Wilton Estate Community Hall Street: Wilton Way E8 1BE
Learn how to turn flax into linen thread or string in this hands-on session. We’ll be testing out our new improved drill spinning method. Part of a series of free community workshops in partnership with WETRA. Email us to reserve your free spot.

DIY herbal christmas presents: herbal tea & lip balm
Thursday 8th December
6.30pm – 8.00pm

Studio 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street, E9 7PX
The Hackney Herbal team will be showing you how to make your own herbal christmas presents. The workshop will talk you through the basics of how we turn herbs into products and you will get a chance to have a go yourself and take home what you make. You will take home a small pack of your own crafted teabags and a personalised lipbalm that you can give as a gift or keep as a treat for yourself! Tickets £12. Full details and booking via biletto.

DIY herbal christmas presents: herbal scrubs & lip balm
Saturday 17th December
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Studio 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street, E9 7PX
The Hackney Herbal team will be showing you how to make your own herbal christmas presents. The workshop will talk you through the basics of how we turn herbs into products and you will get a chance to have a go yourself and take home what you make. You will take home a pot of herbal scrub and a personalised lipbalm that you can give as a gift or keep as a treat for yourself! Tickets £12. Full details and booking via biletto.

Natural Dye Workshop
Saturday 3rd September
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Wilton Estate Community Hall Street: Wilton Way E8 1BE
Learn a simple technique to dye with plants. Part of a series of free community workshops in partnership with WETRA. Email us to reserve your free spot.

Woad and Japanese Indigo Workshop
Thursday 1st September
5.30pm – 8.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
Join us for an evening of making blue using woad and Japanese Indigo. Refreshments provided. Tickets £10. Please book via billetto

GYO Herbal tea workshop
Wednesday 10th August
5.30pm – 8.00pm

The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden – London, NW1 4NR
Learn how to grow, harvest, dry and turn herbs into herbal tea. This workshop is being organised as a Capital Growth training session. Tickets £12.50 (capital growth member) / £20 (non-member). More info and booking here.

Botanical inks workshop
Thursday 14th July
6.30 – 8.30pm

Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE

We’ll be trying out various berries and nuts to turn them into ink.  We’ll be making 5 colours and then create a paint by numbers piece of art. Tickets £15 to cover all materials and refreshments. More info and booking here.

Hackney Herbal: Midsummer Tea workshop
Wednesday 6th July
6.30 – 8.00pm

Bee Garden, end of Abbott Street, Dalston E8 3DL (behind the Arcola Theatre)
An evening of herbal tea tasting and story telling focusing on our Hackney-grown Midsummer tea blend of 7 herbs. You’ll get to try out lots of unique herbal tea blends and have a go at creating your own by picking fresh herbs that are growing at the Bee Garden. Tickets £15 to cover all materials and refreshments. More info and booking here.

Midsummer Social
Saturday 25th June
6.00 – 9.00 pm.

Bee Garden, end of Abbott Street, Dalston E8 3DL (behind the Arcola Theatre)
Join us for our Hackney Herbal summer social gathering. We’ll also be sampling our 7 herbs / 7 fields herbal blend. Bring food to share. Please see facebook event for more details or email us to say you would like to come along.

DIY Herbal cleaning products workshop
Saturday 2nd July
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
Learn how to use herbs to make your own herbal cleaning products. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

DIY Herbal tea workshop
Saturday 4th June
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
Learn how to grow, harvest, dry and turn herbs into herbal tea. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

DIY Herbal scrubs workshop
Saturday 11th June
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
Learn how to use herbs to make your own scrubs and bath soaks. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Garden Bioblitz
Thursday 19th May
6.00 – 8.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
Come and help us create an inventory of the wild plants that are growing at Cordwainers Garden. We’ll be joined Hackney botanist Annie Chipchase and local artists to learn about, draw and record wildlife at our site. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Plant Safari
Friday 13th May
3.00pm

Meet at Frampton Park Baptist Church, E9 7PQ

A walk around Frampton Park Estate with urban gardeners and artists to learn about, draw and record the wildlife in the pavements. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Herbal workshop – first aid
Saturday 30th April
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
First aid: Learn how to make herbal remedies for illness and injury. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

London-grown flax workshop
Thursday 21st April
6.00pm – 7.30pm.

Room A104, London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
Learn how to turn flax into linen thread or string in this hands-on session. Tickets £6 to cover materials/equipment. Please email us to book a ticket.

Community herb afternoon
Sunday 17th April
2.00pm – 5.00pm.

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
A community herb afternoon as part of our Hackney Herbal project. We’ll be joining up with Gone Wild Herbs to bring you a session of herbal experimenting, skill-sharing and learning. We’ll be looking at the benefit of spring herbs and making tonics. Suggested £5 donation. Please email us to book a space.

Herbal workshop – ointments
Saturday 16th April
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
Ointments: Making herbal tinctures to create lotions. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Herbal Soap Making workshop
Sunday 10th April
2.00pm – 5.00pm.

Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
A beginner’s introduction to the traditional method of cold process soap making. The demonstrations in this workshop will give you the confidence (and the comprehensive notes) to start making your own soaps. Tickets £32.50 available via eventbrite.

Herbal workshop – balms
Saturday 9th April
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
Balms: Learn how to use herbs to make lip and skin balms. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Weed Walk
Sunday 3rd April
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
Join us for a walk down Mare St with Hackney botanist Annie Chipchase and local artists to learn about, draw and record wildlife in the pavements. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Growing in urban spaces
Saturday 19th March
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
City gardening made easy! Learn how to make the most out of your growing space and how to garden without an actual garden! In this workshop we will finish with a community gardening Q&A session . Hot drinks and cake will be provided. Part of our Grow a Gardener project. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Propagation masterclass
Sunday 13th March
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
Getting plants for free! We will be demonstrating the different ways that plants can be grown and how you can easily take cuttings and divisions giving your plants for free. Hot drinks and cake will be provided. Part of our Grow a Gardener project. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Herbal workshop – herbal tea
Saturday 12th March
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Kingsmead Kabin, 9A Kingsmead Way, E9 5QG
Infusions: Learn how to blend your own herbal teas. This is part of a series of herbal workshops delivered in partnership with EcoActive. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Growing plants for craft
Sunday 6th March
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
A Mother’s Day special! This time we will be showing you how to grow plants for craft activities. As part of the session you can take part in a natural dye workshop. Hot drinks and cake will be provided. Part of our Grow a Gardener project. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

Seed-sowing workshop and chilli masterclass
Saturday 20th February
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
Get set for spring! Join us at the garden for a seed-sowing session and some top tips on how to grow the best chillies.  Hot drinks and cake will be provided. Part of our Grow a Gardener project. Please email us to reserve a FREE spot.

2015

Natural Dyeing Workshop
Saturday 12th December
11.00am – 2.00pm

Sutton House, Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ
Come and learn how to dye wool with natural materials grown in the garden or foraged from the park or kitchen. We will experiment with mordants, different dyeing techniques and different dye substances that can easily be found or grown in the UK. For more info and to book a place click here.

Hackney Herbal: Make your own herbal christmas presents
Sunday 6th December
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Allens Gardens, Bethune Road, N16 8SB
The Hackney Herbal team will be doing a demo of how to make infused oils and tinctures and everyone will take home 1 balm and 1 scrub – the perfect charming and ethical Christmas present! In partnership with Growing Communities. £7pp.

Please book in advance by contacting: fiona.mcallister@growingcommunities.org

Herbs in the home: Making moths balls
Friday 20th November
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, E9 6SJ
Join us to learn how you can use herbs in a fun, practical and creative way. The final session of a 4-part series. This session will be looking at how to create natural insect repellents and moth balls. FREE.

Flax to linen workshop
Tuesday 3rd November
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Bromley By Bow Centre
Learn how to make natural thread in a couple of hours. You will be breaking, scutching, heckling and spinning flax grown in Bromley-by-Bow to turn it into string. FREE.

Cordwainers composting and wormery workshop
Sunday 1st November
11.30am – 1.00pm

Cordwainers Garden, Hackney
Explore the compost bins and wormery at Cordwainers Garden and learn how to make and maintain your own. We also have a microscope to look at what’s living in the compost.  Suitable for all ages. Part of our Grow a Gardener project. FREE.

Herbs in the home: Making cleaning products
Friday 22nd October
2pm – 4pm

Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, E9 6SJ
Join us to learn how you can use herbs in a fun, practical and creative way. Session 3 of a 4-part series. This session will be looking at how to create cleaning products using herbs. FREE.

Flax to linen workshop
Saturday 17th October
1-3pm
East Ham Nature Reserve

Learn how to make linen thread from flax. Hosted by ‘Grow together be together’, ‘Gardening Thymes’ and ‘NCF Community Market Garden’ £2 donation per participant. To reserve a space or for more information please contact Anna Yusuf via 07584311399 or email anna.yusuf@activenewham.org.uk

An Apple Affair
Saturday 17th October
1-5pm

Grow Hackney, Hackney Wick
Join us for a Nicholas Culpepper inspired workshop as part of Grow Hackney’s An Apple Affair event to celebrate the season of apples. Event details here. FREE.