CEPO is a not-for-profit community group based in Edmonton, North London.  We run and support activities which help both the environment and the people in it.

Tel: 01992 701 438            email: yes.cepo@talktalk.net 

Registered Office: Unit 1 Vincent House, 2e Nags Head Road, Ponders End, Enfield Middlesex EN3 7FN


Our current activities are: 

1. Demonstration Allotment and Composting   We run a demonstration plot with associated composting area at the Barrowfield allotment site at the back of Edmonton Green.  There are raised beds and a pond demonstrating organic methods of food growing (including companion planting) and permaculture design.  Volunteer sessions are every Thursday, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. If you would like to join in, please call us for further details.      

2. Gardening in Schools   We are currently funded to work in a number of Enfield schools to teach and support their food growing and gardening.  We have installed raised beds and containers to make it easier for children to do gardening. Call us to discuss ideas for your school.    

3. Gardening in Public Spaces   We have been funded to plant up gardens in public spaces (including outside the Green Towers Community Centre, the Florence Hayes Children’s Garden, and Snells Park Community Centre).  Call us for help with gardening at your public spaces.    

4. Teaching Gardening    Last year we were funded to teach a beginners and more advanced gardening course at the Friends of Finsbury Park wildlife garden.  It successfully encouraged beginners to grow from seed and plan their own environmentally friendly approaches to gardening at home. This year we are teaching beginners gardening courses for Islington Council. Call us if you would like us to run a course for your organisation.      

5. Maintenance Gardening   We are linked to a number of care groups and organisations to provide reasonably priced maintenance gardening services to their clients for whom our rates are £13.50 an hour. Contact us if you would like us to visit your garden or a relatives to see if we can help. We can do other gardening and maintenance work as well, for which our rates vary according to the type of work. Please call us for details.  

6. Recycling Support   We help run events with the Wipe Out Waste team of LB Enfield (such as ‘Give or Take’ days) that promote and demonstrate recycling and reuse.  Check our CALENDAR Section for the date of the next one.  Please call us if you would like us to help your organisation run events like these.      

7. Facilitation for Groups   We are trained in a range of group facilitation methods, including ones which can help you and your group plan and run your own projects.  Call us to find out how we could help your organisation think through, plan and carry out your ideas.    

LA21 and Beyond 

CEPO was inspired by the local Agenda 21 initiative (an environment and development agenda for the 21st Century).  Since then we have worked with and been supported by a range of individuals and organisations working to the same and similar principles including the Permaculture Association Britain, the Community Recycling Network and the Women’s Environmental Network. We invite you to join with us to work and meet with them too.

Brief History & Thanks

CEPO was started in October 1996 and registered as a company limited by guarantee in August 2000.

It was set up by some students and staff at Middlesex University working on the Science and Technology in Society (STS) course (the SaTiS Faction). CEPO remains very grateful for the considerable encouragement, guidance and assistance from the University and staff, in particular from Dr Mammo Muchie, Dr Tony Dix, Grenville Wall, Adrian Ryan (r.i.p.), Frank Peduzzi, Roger Harris, Keith Hammond, David Almond, Raj, Betty, Peggy and many others without whom life would have been much more difficult.







Inspiration - in no special order - Agenda 21 and local Agenda 21, following Stockholm 1972 and Rio de Janeiro 1992; Permaculture and the Permaculture Association of Britain; The Institute of Cultural Affairs - concerned with the human factor in world development; Paulo Friere, Ivan Illich, Noam Chomsky, T.S.Eliot, Nikos Kazantzakis, Lao Tzu, Wendell Berry, Star Hawk, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Denis Goulet, D.H. Lawrence, Private Eye and The Beano.

Last updated 26th April 2010