All posts by Gabriel Edwards

A day of Wild inspiration

On Saturday 27th July over 300 people joined us at Lloyd Park for our Greener Together – Live event, a day of talks, stalls and all things green, wild and healthy! The wet weather couldn’t dampen the mood as we celebrated our vital open spaces and explored the fun ways in which we can use and interact with them.

We had some incredible speakers sharing their “what if……” vision for a Greener, Wilder and Healthier Walthamstow. Our speakers spoke of green walls, healthy walks, re-wilding our country, educational programmes, giving up plastic, making skater friendly landscapes and designing in ways we can interact more with our urban jungle. For a full list of the speakers and the topics they spoke of click here.

To help inspire the crowd even further we had hands on planting demonstrations, seed bomb making as well as nature inspired arts n crafts. We were blown away by the positive response people gave us about the event and this has convinced us to bring back a regular green event to Lloyd Park.

We must thank our fantastic volunteers who helped on the day without whom we wouldn’t have been able to put on such a great event. And a huge thanks also goes out to all of the organisations and speakers who made our Greener Together event a really special day. If you would like to get in touch about our plans for a greener William Morris Ward don’t hesitate to get in touch! We are always looking for people to help us turn vision into reality!

Our amazing young volunteers who helped on the day! (from left; Ellie-Mae, Vicky Peet (TCV), Grace, Leon, Dom and Gabby)

Greener Together Live was part of the London National Park Festival Week helping to mark London becoming a National Park City

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Green Grants Open!

Is there an unloved space near to you that is just screaming out for some love? Are you sick of the grey and wish there was more green around you? Well our Green Grants are back and can provide up to £1000 of funds to help transform a ‘grot-spot’ into a ‘beauty spot’

Our Green Grant is a funding pot that supports individuals, local groups and organisations wishing to make small scale improvements to one or more outdoor spaces in the William Morris Ward of Walthamstow. Its primary aim is to enhance local people’s experience of their urban environment through community-led improvements that make the area look and feel better. Ultimately this can help improve wellbeing, connectivity and make people feel better about the area they live.

For more information and the application form click here or contact Gabriel on 07947 766 251 and

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New Staff Update – Read more!

We are delighted to welcome Catherine Bartram on board as our new Communications Officer/Operational Support Worker.  Catherine hit the ground running with our annual Tea Party in Lloyd Park.  She has produced a new Spring Newsletter and designed some eye catching posters.  Catch her updates on Facebook and Twitter too!

‘I love the varied role and the fact that we have so many vital ongoing initiatives. Similarly, meeting residents, partners, volunteers and affiliates who help push our vision forward has been great.  As a result, delivering our inspirational plan is a passion I take seriously.  We have some very exciting plans in the pipeline!’.

Catherine has a wealth of marketing and event experience and is looking forward to making great things happen.  Please do get in touch if you any enquiries:


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Open Space Projects – Tender Opportunity

Our vision for Open Spaces at William Morris Big Local is to make the outdoor spaces and external environment in our local area both useful and beautiful for the benefit of all who live work and play here. We have been developing two projects from our Big Local plan that we see as great ways of helping make this vision a reality. The first is a Front Garden and Balcony Improvement Scheme, the second, a Tool Lending Library. We are on the search for organisations or individuals to come forward and pitch to us proposals to help deliver a pilot of one or both of these projects. The ideal organisation would be from the Waltham Forest area or nearby and have expertise, skills and passion for working on outdoor projects with communities


For full details of the project briefs and how to apply to one or both please check out the links below:

Front Garden Improvement Scheme –  FGIS-Brief_FINAL_Sept2018 

Tool Lending Library – ToolLendingLibraryTender_Sept18 

Closing date for receiving responses to these briefs is Monday 29th October at midday

If you have any questions regarding these projects or would like more information please contact Gabriel Edwards on 07947 766 251 or 

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Happy Birthday William Morris

On Saturday 24th March we helped celebrate the birthday of William Morris, Walthamstow’s famous designer whose legacy still lives on strongly in the fabric of our local history and heritage.

The weather was kind, as were the lovely people that came out and celebrated with us by having tea, cake and friendly chat. Cakes were made by some seriously skilled volunteer bakers with an extra special centrepiece cake decorated with a William Morris inspired pattern. Thanks Trisha!  There were games for the kids as well as craft activities and we spent a lovely few hours talking to people about William Morris, our  programme and about the things that people most like about living in the area. We also asked people for their thoughts on future William Morris birthday celebrations with some great ideas like festivals, cake competitions, and our favourite idea, to do a world record of some kind!  


William Morris was born at Elm House, in Walthamstow on 24th March 1834. His childhood home, Water House, is now the William Morris Gallery and is devoted to his life and work as designer, craftsman, writer, conservationist and socialist. 

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