R-Urban London

Beyond Received Wisdom





WaterWorks Nature Reserve
Lammas Road
E10 7QB


38 years ago Newham resident CHARLIE SEBER adopted an overlooked piece of land in the Lee Valley. Ever since, he has used it to cultivate masses of comfrey. Charlie will give us a guided tour of his field, talk about comfrey' s unique qualities and his many different experiments with the plant.

The walk will set off from the Lee Valley Riding Centre car park, where a workshop will be set up within Wick On Wheels – our mobile project space made from a specially re-purposed milk float. The workshop will feature various experiments from Charlie’s home laboratory, ranging from plant regulated growing systems using recycled bath tubs to a cure for blight using garlic pulp.

This event is part of our Experiments in Household Knowledge – a series of collaborations with East London ecological and environmental innovators. The project will explore and showcase unusual and inventive ways of making and experimenting. From new gardening techniques to alternative forms of energy production or innovative recycling methods, we’ll be sharing a range of unique and often self-taught skills through walks, talks and hands-on workshops.

The walk is part of Experiments in Household Knowledge, a public works project commissioned by theLondon Legacy Development Corporation anticipating the opening of the new North Park Hub building in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the summer of 2013. The project is also part of R-Urban, a two year long project establishing practices and networks of R-urban resilience supported by The EU Life+ programme on environmental governance.