Sunday, 14 December 2014


This is the Weekly Digest of Save Lea Marshes – a group of local people trying to keep the marshes of the Lea Valley and other green spaces good for nature and people.  Find out more about our work on our website

Not much time this week so this digest will be a short one.  Suffice it to say that the campaign is continuing and SLM members will be at the Abney Park Market on Saturday 13 December, selling calendars and other merchandise and available to talk over current issues.

SPOT THE BORE COMPETITION – perhaps I’m being a bit hard but Johnnie Walker, Chair of Hackney & Leyton Football League has replied at length to the letter sent by the Chair of Mabley Green Users Group last week.  There is no doubt he loves his football but fails to believe that we have common feelings about the effect of the Olympics and a desire to see green space preserved for us all to enjoy.  Hackney Gazette p.12
THE ANSWER IS BLOWIN IN THE WIND hujyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy (contribution from our cat!)  Spotted on the Letters page of the Camden New Journal, p15, a letter on the use of “leaf blower” machines: “firing 200 mph dust and grit, mould and pollens..” The anonymous writer says that children risk eye injury and lung infections based on research.  Anyone heard anything about this? 

Our friends the “Tree Musketeers”, whose recent work has included:  opening an area of Abney Park South to allow more sunlight for flowers, bees and butterflies; planted 6 of 23 new trees at Hackney Downs has some upcoming events and activities: 6 December they will be selling their Tree Calendars at Stoke Newington Farmers Market and will also be having stalls on Sundays 7,14,21 December (for which they are asking for volunteers to contact them via   They are also having some tree planting sessions and workshops.  To get further details or book please go to

Hedge Herbs have also go a number of activities planned:  Sunday 7 December, “Auntie Maureen’s Food-a-Fair, with artisan festive foods on sale.  H.H. have a stall.  £1 on door. In Walthamstow.  Sat 13 December “A Day of Festive Herbals” with Walthamstow community herbablist Rasheeqa 10-11.30  for a winter walk – meet 10.00 a.m. at The Mill, Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA and from 12-4.00 p.m. “A Festival of Herbal Goodies” – a workshop to make healing lotions and potions and delicious things to eat.  Cost for workshop £30 or £25 concessions.  Further details and to book Rasheeqa on 077845064194 or email

Forage London have a new bulletin out helping all us poor saps with colds, with some “sage” advice on how to prevent/deal with them see  Courses are full for the rest of this year but for next year go to

Next SLM meeting is at the Princess of Wales Pub on Monday 15 December at 7.30. new people welcome.  We usually meet at the back of the pub.

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