Companion Planting: 22 Apr 2012

At Forest Farm Peace Garden: a community Garden in Hainault
Sunday 22 April 2012

Companion planting
An important aspect of permaculture gardening is companion planting, or interplanting, in which different crops are planted alongside each other in a mutually beneficial way. Understanding companion planting strengthens the resilience, nutritional intake and productivity of your crops. We will plant examples of orchard campanion “guilds” in our newly planted orchard to demonstrate and practice companion planting in a forest garden.

Workshops run from 10:30am to 4pm.
We will provide necessary materials and instruction- come prepared for the weather. There will be some hot refreshments, but please bring a packed lunch. RSVP-ing is crucial as places will are limited. Contact info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or call 07587 244 459 in order to find out more or to RSVP.

Free Eco Course 26 Apr 2012

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Live Music 31 Mar - 1 Apr 2012

And on Saturday and Sunday at Valentines Mansion in Valentines Park Ilford, Chris and I have created a varied programmme of great live performance from a host of talented acts covering many musical styles. This is to complement the art festival that has been commissioned by Redbridge Council and Vision Arts & Culture to coincide with the visit of the Queen to the Mansion on Thursday this week! Details of some of the performers below.
We hope to see you at some point over the weekend - come and enjoy the music and say hello!

Steve Collins



Music Programme for London Pride Art Festival
Valentines Mansion Valentines Park Emerson Road Ilford

Saturday 31 March from 11am to 5pm: Artists include:
Blue Hearts (R&B rock & soul covers) at 4pm
Accidental Tourists (young teenage indie band) at 2.30pm
Sweet ‘n’ Lowdown (jazz classics from the American songbook) at 1pm
Ryan Green (accomplished young keyboard player & singer with recent pop classics) at 3.30pm
Dread Fury (singer-songwriter and creative one-man band) at 2pm
..........and folk acts to be confirmed

Sunday 1 April from 11am to 5pm: Artists include:
Mike ‘Dr Blue’ McKeon (blues singer/guitarist extraordinaire) at 4.15pm
Sukhbinderjeet Kour ‘Rimpy’ (sitar player) and Kuldeep Singh (tablas) at 1pm
Damaged Goods (melodic rock & pop original songs) at 3.15pm
Rachel E Wood (singer-songwriter) at 11am
Bernice (jazz swing singer) at 12.30pm
Nix ‘n’ Max (rock/soul/blues duo) at 2.45pm
Redbridge Music Lounge Players (popular hits from many decades) at 1.45pm
Jameson Jack (singer/guitarist & songwriter) at 12pm

(Final programme may be subject to change and performance times are approximate)

Live Music 30 Mar 2012

Next weekend we bring you a feast of live music........!!!
On Friday night a very special young musicians night at Ilford Sports Club featuring The Accidental Tourists, Ryan Green and The Loft. All three acts have appeared before at the club to rapturous reception. You will see very talented musicians and hear a wide variety of pop and indie-rock covers as well as some impressive original material.

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Walking under Medicinal Trees: 25 Mar 2012

At Forest Farm Peace Garden: a community Garden in Hainault
Sunday 25th March 2012

Medicines made from the bark, blossom and leaves of beautiful native trees have been used for hundreds of years to treat heart disease, high blood pressure, circulatory problems and allergies to name just a few. At this workshop we will be looking at identification of a number of important British medicinal trees, what part and when we harvest and what we herbalists use them for. The workshop will be taught by Forest Farm Peace Garden’s resident Medical Herbalist, Deborah Syrett, BSc (Hons), MCPP.

Workshops run from 10.30am to 4pm.
We will provide necessary materials and instruction- come prepared for the weather. There will be some hot refreshments, but please bring a packed lunch. RSVP-ing is crucial as places will are limited. Contact info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or call 07587 244 459 in order to find out more or to RSVP.

Orchard Open Day: 11 Mar 2012

At Forest Farm Peace Garden: a community Garden in Hainault
Sunday 11 March 2012, 11am - 4pm

Tree planting, entertainment and activities for environment and community

Join us for this year’s first Open Day, where we will be celebrating trees and how they make our cities more healthy, beautiful and sustainable. Forest Farm Peace Garden welcomes you to our community garden to discover how we are bringing people together to enjoy nature, conserve the environment and grow local organic food.
  • Tree planting throughout the day
  • Delicious food and herbal tea
  • Gardening for wildlife activities
  • Buy organically grown seedlings for your garden
  • Facepainting and other children’s activities