Film and discussion night – Forest Gardens – 20 August 7pm

How to enrich nature while growing foodan online gathering to bring forest gardens to Ilford and beyond

Do you want to know how to grow your own food in a low maintenance way that is environmentally friendly, encourages wildlife and biodiversity?  Transition Ilford is starting a conversation about how we can do this and make plans to create forest gardens in public places and private back gardens.  Our focus is on creating a community forest garden in Ilford – however this event is open to all, to enable forest gardens all over. 

Join us for a documentary that introduces us to the concept, followed by a discussion facilitated by Rakesh “Rootsman Rak” of Goodmayes, a Transition Ilford member and experienced international forest garden and permaculture teacher.  He will guide us through the intricacies that is forest gardening.  He says it’s not just about planting trees. More like an art, a science and spiritual journey of sorts. Of systems thinking, of returning to Nature.

Thursday 20th August 7-9pm – Film night and discussion

Design training course run by Rakesh: 4 x 4-hour sessions. 

Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September – either 2-6pm or 6-10pm (to be decided)

Food forests are probably the pinnacle of (ecological) permaculture. Bill Mollison, its founder says that if 10% of the UK started growing food in this way, we could produce 50% of what the country needs. So, we are excited about what if we worked together to create community forest gardens? Well… the next generation starting to learn about regeneration, contributing greatly to wellbeing, making sure no one goes hungry, and weaning ourselves off our addiction to fossil fuels…and the plan is to get everyone involved, building real community life.

At the end of the film and discussion evening, we will make a plan for how we move forward with our community forest garden.  Those who want to register interest in attending the international training course can do so.  We need designers who’ve done the course and also we need willing people to help and be involved – the more the merrier.   Rakesh has been doing this all over the world, and now we are using his expertise on his home patch.  Imagine a forest and the abundance and biodiversity that it creates with ease. Never needing to be watered, ever evolving into a regenerative ecosystem.

To join the film night you must register in advance:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. (You will need to have zoom installed on your laptop, mobile or tablet to attend this film night and discussion. )

We hope to see you there. And do spread the word!

Growing & Preserving Food Workshops

Transition Town Ilford Workshops 2020

An open invitation to attend our monthly workshops on growing, eating and  preserving food

When:  10-30am to 12-30am on the following Saturdays 

Where:   Vine Community House, 6, Holstock Road, Ilford IG1 1LG (near McDonalds in central Ilford) 


March 21st :  How to make seeds germinate successfully with Shilpa Patel

In this workshop we will  prepare seeds to go into the  “womb” of the earth   

April 18th:  Growing herbs in containers, inside and outside with Ruth Musgrave and friends

In this workshop we will plant herbs in containers, plant microgreens using free or cheap seeds, soil and containers, and learn about herbs growing in the  community garden.

May  16th: Fermenting Vegetables and Fermented drinks with  Begonia Belmonte

In this workshop we will explore a few ways to ferment vegetables; mostly cabbage, carrots and beets. We’ll also look at milk kefir

June 20th:  Compost and Cuttings with Peter Musgrave

In this workshop we will create and turn  compost and  make some cuttings(weather permitting this will be outside)

July 18th:  Bread Making with Fr. John Brown 

In this workshop we will make, bake and eat some bread using traditional methods and ingredients

August 15th: Jams and pickles with Shilpa Patel  and Denise Prior

In this workshop we willshow you how to preserve fruit and vegetables threw making jams and pickles 

Sept  19th:  Cooking with Seeds.(poppy, linseed, basil, sesame etc) with Begonia Belmonte

In this workshop  we will look into creating seed crackers with your favourite seeds as well as sprouting seeds.

Oct  17th:  Love Food Hate Waste with Olcay Aniker and Ghazala Mohammed

In this workshop we will make soup with  leftover vegetables and try  recipes for using other leftover food

Nov  21st:  Eating and Growing Raw Foods with Siobhan Ramjham

In this workshop we will share the benefits of including Raw foods and juices in our diet and how you can do this

The workshops are free but at each session there will be a box for donations to help towards costs.

To give us an idea of numbers please register at  Eventbrite  or email

400 hundred trees planted in Valentines park.

On  Wednesday, 19th February,  400 trees were planted in the old Pitch and Put area of Valentines Park, Ilford,  by around 40  local volunteers. The event  was timed  to coincide with “Show the love”  month and was organised by Nature Conservation Redbridge and  Transition Town Ilford.
Parents brought their children along and those taking part ranged from 2 to 70 plus! We even had a 3 month old baby in his pram!

Volunteers ready to start planting.

We began with warm up exercises and simple songs about  planting trees,  along with an explanation by Francis Castro, of Nature Conservation Ranger Team, about the benefits of  nature and trees. We then got stuck in to planting the trees, kindly donated by the Woodland Trust. Working together the trees were soon planted. We wrote on green paper hearts what we love about nature which we don’t want to lose, hung the hearts  on the trees and enjoyed home made cake and  hot drinks. It was great to see parents so interested in giving their children a practical opportunity to do something to care for nature and make Ilford a greener place to live.

Cut your community building costs and join our LED pilot

We have recently launched a community energy scheme with support from other London Boroughs.   Our aim is to set up an Ilford solar community energy project in the longer run. 🙂

Our first pilot project is to support a few Ilford community or faith groups to change over to LED lighting. LED lights are more energy efficient than traditional bulbs and installing them is a quick and simple way to save money on energy bills whilst at the same time reducing carbon in the environment.

We are looking for suitable community or faith buildings to take part in 2020.  We will assess your building for suitability, raise the funds to purchase the LEDs, help you to install them and, if you wish, offer ongoing support with other energy saving measures.  We can help to publicise your participation and can help to involve your users/worshippers in the project if you would like us to. 

LED lights are at least 75% more efficient than conventional bulbs and more efficient and effective than conventional energy saving light bulbs.  By switching all your bulbs over to LEDs you can save up to 75% on your lighting bills and greatly reduce your energy demand. (Crew Energy London)

If you would like to find out more, please do speak with a member of the community energy group or email  us at  For information on similar projects in other parts of London: South East London Community Energy and CREW

We want a building to create an environmental and community hub in Ilford

Ilford is in desperate in need of a community hub as a centre for environmental and community projects.  So many people have been saying it for many, many years. 

We know there are unused or under-used buildings in Ilford that we could transform, by collaborating with other local groups in a grassroots way.

We believe that there are owners or landlords (private or council or other) that would love to gift us the use of their building as their contribution to flourishing community life and cooperation in Ilford.

We want:

  • A permanent building or fit-for-purpose space for no rent in Ilford, in or near the Commonwealth estate, and the resources to get it ready.

What we will do with it:

  • Create a friendly and inclusive space that is a hive of activity
  • Set up a community café
  • Enable environmental projects based on sustainability: recycle-reuse-repairs, community energy, reduce food waste, get growing, food coops, upcycling, green technology and more
  • Enable community and arts projects to help wellbeing, inter-generational contact, skills learning and sharing, and more
  • Involve wide cultures, religions, ages, genders
  • Create community spirit and a sense of belonging in Ilford
  • Build the local sharing and money economy

How we will do it

  • Involve our 150 members
  • Build on our local community sector partnerships
  • Visit neighbouring London boroughs to learn from them
  • Start small with a big vision
  • Get help, take advice, learn from mistakes
  • Develop at a pace we can manage
  • Income-generate, fundraise and raise support and sponsorships

Anyone with ideas or contacts of offers, get in touch! Join this grassroots transformation plan for Ilford.

Tree planting event in Valentines park

A fabulous tree planting event has been arranged by one of our members, Peter Musgrave in Valentines park next Wednesday, 19th February from 10am to 1pm. If you have a bit of time to spare, come and join us to plant 200 trees.

Click on the link above to find out more.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

At the end of planting the trees they will celebrate what we love that is being lost to climate change. For more about nature conservancy see –…

Bringing Organic vegetables to Ilford

Hi all, we got busy organising a trial for organic fruit and vegetables in Ilford just before Christmas. The event was a success and Rotun, the shop keeper from Asiq fruit basket had a sold out.
We’re exploring the possibility of bringing an organic food scheme to Ilford.
If you have any suggestions or ideas, please get in touch. Wethink it’s high time that Ilford has an organic supplier of fruit and vegetables! Don’t you? 

Organic Veg Project

Wouldn’t it be good to be able to buy  reasonably priced, unpackaged, organic vegetables in Ilford?

Ilford Transition Town is cooperating with Asiq Fruit basket, a local Ilford greengrocer, in a pilot scheme selling organic carrots, Brussel sprouts, parsnips and potatoes for your  special lunch over the Festive Season.

If enough people buy from him he will consider stocking organic vegetables in the longer term.

The vegetables will be available from Dec 16th to Dec 24th at Asiq’s  shop on the corner of Ley Street AND Adelaide Road(opposite the bus station. Organic veg lovers  will be sharing soup, and herbal drinks outside the shop  from 10-30 to 12pm on Saturday Dec 21st. Do support this venture.

Transition Town Ilford hosts Eco-tent  at the Green Fair!

An exciting first!

For the first time Transition Town Ilford hosted an Eco tent at this year’s Green fair on July 7thin Valentines Park.


The tent buzzed with activity the whole day.  Visitors could get information about walks on the wild side in Redbridge  from Francis of Nature conservancy,  have a conversation  about Climate change with Wanstead Climate Action, take away a free glass  bottle of milk, learn how to compost and make cuttings, take away some free seeds to grow at home and make seed “bombs” to plant,  do children’s eco crafts  and get a free drink of water. In addition a Restart Party was held in the Cranbrook Centre where people could take electrical goods and learn how to fix them.

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We also had a programme of workshops at set times. All of these attracted a good number of people.

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Healthy food and drink demonstrations included making sauerkraut, pickles, nutrition balls, raw food and juices, herbal teas and  Kombucha tasting.

Other workshops ranged from Upcycling  cardboard and fabric(very popular) to what Redbridge council is doing about the climate emergency, from how to run a play street to using modern washable nappies, from bee keeping to  buying Fair Trade products.

The team of volunteers were fantastic. We were delighted at the interest. It was the first time but hopefully definitely not the last !

See the range of workshops we are running at the Redbridge Green Fair!

Two weeks left for the Redbridge Green Fair in Valentines park!

Sunday 7th July 11.30-6.00pm

Transition Town Ilford is getting busy to bring you an exciting array of eco-workshops, fermentation demos, upcycling with plastic and other materials, environmental information, a repair cafe, herbal teas and their properties and more…

We have a friendly marquee where activities, workshops and demonstrations will be run throughout the day.

Extinction Rebellion will be joining us at some point so please check here for the latest timetable in the coming days.

We really hope to see you there.
Bring anything you would like to fix or any info you’d like to share.

Email us on if you want more info.

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