Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Author: Ali | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
For the past few months, Grow Heathrow has been having a bit of a rest from taking on new volunteers to stay. This was for us to have a rest and come together as a group of people living and working together.
Now spring is here, we’d like to open our gates again to volunteers to stay – following our usual process, which is:
Send us an email saying who you are and why you want to stay
Once we’ve said it’s OK – come and stay for a week and see how it goes
After a week – check in with us at our Wednesday meetings and if it’s good for us all, stay for another 3 weeks
After a total of a month, if it’s going really well you can ask to be a Long Term Volunteer, here we ask you to be more committed to the project and after asking at a meeting you need to go away for 10 days to give us and you time to reflect. If all goes well, stay for up to 3 months and start taking on more responsibility.
Although we are open again to volunteers, we are currently only reopening to women, trans people, and other non-binary or gender queer folk.
Q: So does this mean we are not open to men?
A: Yes, currently we won’t be accepting requests of volunteers to stay from cis-gendered men – i.e. people who were born ‘male’ and still identify as such. But you can still come and be a day visitor and get involved in work days, workshops and other events.
We have chosen to do this for a number of reasons, not least because we recognise that our fight against the ecological crisis, climate change and the proposed 3rd runway ath Heathrow, is intimately tied to the fight against patriarchy, hetero-sexism and all other forms of oppression. Whilst we aim to fight these things, we also realise that these oppressions are internalised in all of us, in particular men, who are socialised under patriarchy in various problematic ways. Eco-camps such as ours have a reputation for being somewhat macho – and we think this is due to the culture that is created in these spaces, and not because women and non-binary people can’t handle the cold and chopping wood.
Of course, we also realise that this decision not to accept cis-men for the time being is a blunt instrument and that not all men have internalised patriarchal behaviours to the same extent. However, untill we are closer to some form of gender (queer) parity we feel like this step is useful in creating a radically inclusive space.
Posted: April 13th, 2017 | Author: Dev | Filed under: Action, Art, Cool Projects, Education, Energy, Events, Growing Group, music | No Comments »
A judgement has still not been made following our trial last week, so while you wait, we’ve compiled a list of stuff we’ve done in the last year to keep you entertained! As always, these achievements came about from the combined effort and creativity of those who live at the site and the many hundreds who come and get their hands dirty with us.
- Polytunnel up and running! Two of the disused greenhouses towards the back of site have been put back to the purpose of growing food. It produces an abundance of veg throughout all the seasons
- New glamorous shower block complete. This has replaced a smaller shower unit, is heated by a wood-burner-radiator contraption and was built over a number of weeks with the help of basically everyone on site
- Hayes carnival. We took part in the big procession with a plant-filled float and ran a number of stalls
- Protests against the third runway. The past year has seen sustained protest activity against the proposed third runway and Grow Heathrow has helped support this campaign throughout. For example, the Reclaim the Power bike ride in October used us as a base
- Grey water system. We’ve now created a natural water filtering system fed by dirty water from the kitchen
- Alt space renovated. This is our music venue which has hosted open mic nights and other music/poetry events every few weeks
- New compost toilets. We’re experimenting with a composting method using ‘bokashi’ and creating lots of ‘humanure’ to spread around trees
- Biochar production. We’ve increased and improved our biochar production, aiming further towards a closed-loop waste system
- Workshops galore. Talks and skillshares have been happening regularly through the year – from the legacy of the Russian Revolution, to fermentation, beat boxing, wood-working
- Support for Cherry Lane children’s centre. Thanks to government cuts (BOO), a local children’s centre down the road from us is being closed. We’ve been helping them in their campaign
- Litter picking. Litter and fly-tipping is a big problem in the local area so we’ve done a number of outings to do something to right this wrong
- Panel discussions. Members of Grow Heathrow have taken part in discussions on environmental and social issues at: a conference on land use called Land For What?; University of the Arts, London; the V&A museum; Queen Mary’s University Centre for Poetry
- Engagement with London food growers’ network. We’ve rekindled our participation in the Community Food Growers’ Network and are hosting their next gathering in May!
- Heart circles. We’ve hosted heart circles to provide a space for anyone to share their thoughts and feelings and support each other
Grow Heathrow is always open during the day for people to come and visit and hosts lots of events during the year. Come and have a cup of tea or pick up a herb or fruit bush cutting for your garden/flat!
Posted: March 23rd, 2017 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Grow Heathrow has a trial scheduled for 3-5 April with Lewdown Holdings Ltd for possession of the majority of the land we occupy. If Lewdown were to win in court, a date for bailiffs to attempt to take repossession could be set within days or weeks of the trial.
A solidarity demonstration will be held on Monday, 3rd April at 9am outside Central London County Court, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, WC2A 2LL, on 3rd April from 9:00am. You are invited to join us with banners and music outside the court. Please share our facebook event.
Our defence will be heard on Day 2, 4th April, with the final judgement in the afternoon session of Day 3, 5th April. Presence is welcome in the public gallery and outside court throughout the trial.
Defendants from the project will be arguing under the right to a home, as interpreted under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, to resist a possession order. Grow Heathrow is also arguing that any possession order would infringe the freedom of expression (under Article 10) and freedom of assembly, protest and association (under Article 11).
Grow Heathrow has occupied the disputed land since 2010; removing fly-tipped rubbish and creating a hub of low carbon living and resistance to the 3rd runway in the seven years since. Lewdown Holdings only discovered our occupation back in 2014, giving an indication of their lack of active involvement with the land. They have had multiple planning applications rejected on the grounds of ecological damage – their latest being a plan to scalp the land and dig out a gravel pit.
The landlords have decided to pursue a possession order despite indicating the potential for negotiations with representatives from Grow Heathrow, potentially using the land collaboratively as a horticultural project supplying fresh produce as well as educational services to the local community, acting as a resource centre for sustainable living.
While the airport and government march on with their destructive plans for a third runway – and most of the land in this country is still owned by a tiny elite – we want to carry on: welcoming groups to use this shared resource, running workshops on food growing/ social & environmental issues/ radical politics, fixing bikes and putting on events for everyone to enjoy.
Please come and help us defend our home and this shared resource that hundreds of people have built up over the years.
Share widely and see you soon.
Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Posted: November 15th, 2016 | Author: Ali | Filed under: Events | No Comments »
The following workshops and events are in the pipeline at Grow Heathrow.
Workshops are generally free, though donations are always appreciated. Tea
and snacks will be provided. If you use Facebook, please confirm that you
will be attending, and share with friends.
Date: Sunday 27th November
Age range: 8+ with supervision
Ignored and derided for years as “women’s work”, embroidery is making
something of a comeback. We’ll teach you how to embrace the needle and
start a project, whether it’s a small patch, an embroidered quote, or the
start of your radical full-size re-interpretation of the Bayeux Tapestry
(which was actually embroidered). Materials will be provided, but you can
also bring fabric that you would like to work on. Suitable for anyone old
enough to hold a needle.
Upcycling- learn to make jewellery and accessories
Date: Sat 10th Dec
Age range: 8+ with supervision
Getting crafty doesn’t have to cost you or the planet! Under the watchful
eye of Kirsten K.Cycle you’ll learn how to work with reclaimed materials to
make both beautiful and practical pieces. Why not turn a drinks can into a
flower brooch, or a tetra-pak carton into a wallet? Materials will be
provided, but you can also bring anything you would like to work with.
Sea Shanty Singalong
Date: Saturday 17th December
Age range: all ages, with children supervised
Come and learn some traditional nautical working songs, that’ll keep you
entertained even if you’re more of a landlubber than a buccaneer. Suitable
for all ages and singing abilities, participants will be given a PDF
songbook afterwards so that you can all keep singing even if you forget the
words. Don’t worry if you’re no Pavarotti, this session will be an informal
singalong with no pressure to perform solo.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Date: Wednesday 21st December
Age range: all ages, with children supervised
Posted: October 22nd, 2016 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Join us for a theatrical play at Grow Heathrow for Halloween. The theme for this year’s production will be the darkness that lives inside of us… and in the forest, as 3 hikers are about to find out…
Your Darkness she’ll find,
Can you see the light yet…?
Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: Ali | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
It’s been a busy summer here at Grow Heathrow – with lots of people coming and going, learning and sharing all kinds of skills and information about sustainability, getting involved in activism, meeting new people… and so much more!
Whilst all this is great, it can be a bit much if you don’t get a rest. So for this reason, we’re taking a break from accepting new volunteers at Grow who want to stay on site. It will be for at least a month, from Oct 19th, but could be more depending on how we feel.
Does this mean we’re ‘closed’? Absolutely not!
Please still come and visit for the day, come to our events, offer workshops, use our space for your own events etc. We’re still here to be used! And if the Government makes a decision about a new runway at Heathrow – we’re still going to be a vital hub of resistance!
We hope this isn’t a pain for anyone planning to come, but ask that people respect this, so that we can keep doing all the things we do, but even better!
Love from Grow Heathrow x
Posted: September 17th, 2016 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
This Saturday the 24th at Grow Heathrow there will be an anti-airport ‘action lab’ – a day of preparation for the #staygrounded actions happening on the 1st October.
GET CLUED UP | TRAINED UP | TEAMED UP | PLAN FOR ACTION
11:00 – 18:00, Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, UB7 0JH
- Everything you need to know about the Airport Flashmob & Critical Mass – 1st Oct.
- Find out about the anti-aviation expansion campaign going on in the UK and abroad.
- Get skilled up with basic direct action training with bikes or on foot
- Meet others taking action and form teams
- Use the collective space to make creative props
- Put it all together and plan your action!
A one stop shop for an awesome airport experience!
As ever, Grow Heathrow will be cooking up some lunch, but by all means bring a dish to share.
We have guest accommodation with bunk beds that you are free to use, although be aware that you’ll probably be sharing it with a few others. A sleeping bag and a head torch are useful items to bring with you. Bring a tent for your own private sleeping space.
Ring us on 07835012486. Email: email@example.com
Grow Heathrow: http://www.transitionheathrow.com/
Reclaim the Power: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/aviation-flashmob-critical-mass/
Amidst a crazy political maelstrom, expansion plans at London City Airport were given the green light in July. The UK government is now expected to announce plans for a new runway, probably at Heathrow or Gatwick, in October – a decision which hangs in the air like a noose over our heads, and which we know will place the interests of a wealthy minority, and the profits of corrupt corporations, over the lives of ordinary people.
In solidarity with local and international groups, and in defence of climate and social justice all over the world, Reclaim the Power is calling for safe and peaceful action against the aviation industry, with a family-friendly flashmob and critical mass bike bloc at a London airport.
What: 100s of people will create a family-friendly flashmob and Critical Mass bike block
Where: A London airport (to be announced)
When: Saturday 1st October 2016
Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
After years of delay, the controversial announcement of a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow is expected on the 18th October. It comes just months after the green light was given to expansion at London City Airport, and makes a mockery of our own legally binding commitments for action on climate change. Clearly, more planes mean more catastrophic climate change, whilst our homes, communities and cultural legacy are destroyed. It is time to fight back.
In solidarity with local and international groups, and in defence of the climate and people all over the world, Reclaim the Power is calling for people to take safe and peaceful action against the aviation industry. Join in on a for a family-friendly flashmob and critical mass bike block at a London airport on Saturday 1st October.
As Black Lives Matter activists shut down London City Airport last week, over 400 people have so far pledged to take part in this day of action. The exact location is being kept secret, to keep the authorities on their toes.
All Day Action Labs @ Grow Heathrow – Saturday 24th and Friday 30th September – GET CLUED UP | TRAINED UP | TEAMED UP | PLAN FOR ACTION – MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON.
WILL YOU JOIN IN IF HUNDREDS OF OTHERS PLEDGE TO COME?
GREAT! Here’s what to do next:
1) Add your email address to the pledge platform here: http://tinyurl.com/jxsxkyf, so that the organisers can let you know more info as it’s revealed. The more people who sign up, the more others will want to join, and the more effective we can be.
2) Get yourself along to one of the info-sharing / legal briefing / action training events at Grow heathrow or The Hive, to ensure you are fully prepared to participate. Details of the events can be found here: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/events/
3) Start thinking about who your affinity group is and what you’re going to bring and wear (see below for suggestions)
4) Join this Facebook event, and share it with all your friend. – ttps://www.facebook.com/events/1764336040473934/
For information from Reclaim the Power on what will be happening on the 1st October, read below.
WHATS THE PLAN?
This will be a fun, colourful and safe event that everyone is invited to participate in. An action consensus has been agreed to set the safe parameters of this day of action. The health and safety of airport staff, passengers and ourselves are of paramount importance and a top priority, and just in case it is not clear we will not be going on to any runways!
Visually and creatively we will focus on the polluting aviation industry, the affluent minority who are driving the so-called ‘need’ for aviation expansion, and the 300,000+ people who are already suffering from the effects climate change, and who are paying the price for this convenient luxury lifestyle, with their lives.
There will be three main ways that people can participate in the day of action, individually and as part of affinity groups that will have autonomy over how they operate.
(1) BLOCK A
will be family-friendly, in a publicly accessible inside area. Creative themes (for dressing up) will be:
The “15%” – the minority of ‘flash-the-cash’, ‘binge’ frequent flyers who we know are driving the so-called ‘need’ for airport expansion in the UK
The tax man – and the heavy subsidisies to the aviation industry
A die-in – representing the 300,000+ people who are already dying each year, all over the world, from climate change related causes
Speech & thought bubbles – to convey the key messages in a creative and clever way
Red lines – aviation expansion is crossing a red line for a just and liveable planet, and people are paying with their lives (wear red)
(2) BLOCK B
will consist of cyclists, and will be in a publicly accessible outside area. Creative themes (for dressing up) will be:
- Reimagining the alternatives – what could a future without aviation look like?
(3) Autonomous affinity groups are also invited to take creative action elsewhere, as part of the day of action, adhering to the same action consensus.
Posted: September 7th, 2016 | Author: George | Filed under: Action | Tags: activism, black lives matter, climate change, direct action | No Comments »
Shutting down London city airport, UK black lives matter struck another blow for citizens who think they can turn their back on inequality in 2016.
Black Lives Matter UK has campaigned on many facets of how racial inequality today still affects the lives of those born into our prejudice society, most renowned for bringing police violence into the public eye. However, breaking onto city airport’s runway and diverting many flights, Black Lives Matter point out that it is more than just the policemen who have something to answer for, whilst jet-setters exercise privilege, someone else will bear the burden of pollution.
Today’s protest highlights the differentiation is not only reflected through societal markers, police violence, employment or educational statistics- the damage is deeper, the poison is in the air. Literally. Communities that suffer the worst pollution are racialized, black people are 28% more likely to suffer air pollution than their white counterparts. The cleanliness of the air should not correlate with the colour of one’s skin. No one is born with a right to a cleaner neighbourhood than the next child; yet the average salary of a city airport user is £92000, whilst at least 40% of the predominantly black residents in Newham, live under the airport’s smoke cloud and struggle by on less than £20000.
The runway has become a symbol of global inequality compounded by climate change, whilst thousands of refugees are dying in the Mediterranean to escape war, the global elite fly overhead. This is an issue of binaries: whilst the average Brit continues to consume 10.92 tonnes of carbon per year, (and rising,) south pacific islands disappear inch by inch beneath the ebb of the ocean. Mountain- top communities are starved away from their cultural homes and traditional pastures due to radical changes in the climate… all the while in London we keep building and developing, not seeing these things as connected.
Expanding airports, at a time when other people’s lives are irreconcilably damaged or cut short due to climate change is senseless. We owe a lot to individuals who put their bodies on the line to highlight global problems. Today these people are the voices of others who cannot speak for themselves. Yet into the future it is not the responsibility of the brave few to show that Black Lives Matter. It is all of ours.