Posted: July 22nd, 2014 | Author: Freddy | Filed under: Events, legal, Residents | Tags: access to land, sipson | No Comments »
On Friday 15th Augst at 8am, bailiffs will make their first attempt to evict Grow Heathrow. Four and a half years after the abandoned greenhouses in the middle of Heathrow Airport’s proposed third runway were occupied by local residents together with activists, Heathrow villagers are organising again to resist airport expansion that’s ruled out by climate science.
Residents of the 700+ homes a third runway would destroy have asked to be trained to protect their own homes. On Thursday 14th, the day before the bailiffs visit, there will be talks and workshops on how to peacefully resist the eviction and on how ordinary people successfully shelved plans for a noisy third runway. At 8am on Friday 15th, hopefully you can help protect our home from the County Court bailiffs, ready to do the same for other homes threatened by airport expansion. Grow Heathrow has been described as the ‘heart of the village’ by BBC News and ‘inspirational’ by the local MP. We are still trying to buy the land instead of having bailiffs at our home.
We need your support in the days before, on the 15th and in the months after the bailiffs come. Join us for dinner on the 14th and be on site for when they arrive. Bring a sleeping bag, tent and rollmat if you’re coming to stay, and we can always use more tea, coffee, milk, sugar and mugs! We currently also have some space for new members, so if growing food and campaigning on airport expansion are your cup of tea come and find out more about how you can become a resident. Summer in the glasshouses is green and glorious with a lake down the road.
If you have any special requirements, just drop us an email and we’ll do our best to make you comfortable. If and when the bailiffs go home, there’ll be a coach heading to to the Reclaim the Power action
helping protect Blackpool from fracking. (donations welcome).
Posted: July 19th, 2014 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events | Tags: art, film, No Third Runway | No Comments »
In October 2009 before he became Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts,” Within 30 months of taking power he set up a Commission widely expected to recommend airport expansion after his manifesto pledge runs out next year.
On Wednesday 18th June, more than 800 people packed into the Richmond Theatre to watch and judge the best viral films reminding Mr Cameron of his promise, and pressing the case against Heathrow expansion.
The No Ifs No Buts Film Competition staged by Zac Goldsmith MP in conjunction with the campaign group HACAN attracted well over 50 videos. Fifteen were shown at the event on 18th June.
In First Place: the residents’ film
In Second Place: the film beyond words
In Third Place: the comedy film
The 12 runners up are well worth watching.
Posted: July 7th, 2014 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: wild food | No Comments »
Living in broken rotting greenhouses has its perks.
What plant books flatteringly call ‘wasteland species’ may not have the looks but as we like to say here, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And autumn is coming up, with our Garden of Eden maze of elderberries and blackberries. There’s even a volunteer from abroad staying at Grow Heathrow at the moment who despite getting to know all of us, the site and what we do there has privately admitted she’s now really there for the blackberries; after they finish she might be off to somewhere else.
On Friday 18th July, from 1pm to 4 we’ll be pickling green elderberries. We pickled loads of ripe and less ripe purple elderberries last year but they just weren’t amazing – they taste a lot of vinegar and a little bit of that rich, slightly unpleasant ‘elder smell’ that you get when you crush elder leaves. You can try them if you come round (no need to thank us). But the green ones we pickled got gobbled up with chips as comfort food in the dark winter – crunchier and less strong. So this year we know how to prepare to liven those winter moments when there’s ten men sat around the old wood burning stove and someone brings out a guitar with four strings and delights in another repeat singing ‘Wagon Wheel’. Green pickled elderberries for hot chips (and daal)! (You can also check out the Urban Harvest info on eating elderberries)
If you want to join the party, be there.
Posted: June 17th, 2014 | Author: Lizzie | Filed under: Action, Energy, Events | Tags: activism, climate change, direct action, fracking, no dash for gas, peak oil | No Comments »
Dates for your diary: get involved to stop fracking in the UK
19 – 20 July, Nottingham: Build the site!
Making radical spaces happen from the ground up is a big job, but it needn’t be a mystery. So we are dedicating part of this gathering to site training! There will be something for everyone, with all levels of knowledge and mobility.
More details at nodashforgas.org.uk, @nodashforgas and on Facebook
14-20 August, Location TBA: Action camp
Take on the frackers! The action camp will be at a fracking site and to keep the industry in suspense, the exact location and travel information will be revealed near the time. Hunt the Facebook event page for clues as they are revealed…
*Support the community fightback
*Get skilled up and take direct action
*Build the world you want to see
- This year the target is fracking – a form of ‘extreme energy’ that threatens our human rights to a safe climate, clean water and a healthy local environment.
- New fracking sites are being opened across the country every month. Up to 60% of England is under threat
- Reclaim the Power will support a community on the frontline fighting fracking and join the dots between climate, social and economic justice
- Alternatives exist here and now – we could create a million climate jobs, reduce energy demand and convert to community and publicly owned renewables
- We need to reclaim OUR power. The government wants to drill under our homes, keep us hooked on fossil fuels and keep our energy in private, profiteering hands.
- Meanwhile, climate change is getting worse, fuel poverty is killing people and economic and social crises are hitting us harder every day
- We can stop this. We can stop fracking and build a democratic and clean energy system that works for us. The UK has a long history of civil disobedience, from the suffragettes to the disability rights movements.
- We’ll share skills, meet friends, participate in workshops and take mass civil disobedience.
Get involved and get inspired – let’s take on the frackers and win!
Action camp on Facebook
We CAN stop fracking in the UK!
Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: access to land, sipson, wild food | No Comments »
Yep, it’s that time of year again. The field by the old garden centre is full of red clover, and the rotting greenhouse frames are burping up sprays of elderflowers.
We’re gonna make some elderflower cordial. Be there. If you remember, grab a couple of clean empty jars or small glass bottles.
Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Events | No Comments »
2 Workshops with Starhawk, Aug 2&3, London UK
How do we bring magic and myth into the actions that address the crisis of our time? How do we take our spiritual work out into the world in embodied, compassionate, and active ways? Two linked but separate workshops will explore skills and techniques that can help us. This will be an exciting weekend bringing together skills relevant to social permaculture, inner transition and magic, to help us enrich our work and our communities. We look forward to seeing you there.
Making Rituals That Matter: Day 1, Saturday 2 August, 9.30am – 5.30pm
On this first day, we’ll explore tools to help us create rituals that can bridge barriers, inspire and support social change, and help us heal and renew our hope when things get tough. We’ll learn how to listen deeply to the needs in our homes, workplaces and communities, how to craft intentions that lead to powerful magic, and how to create inclusive, empowering ritual language. We’ll explore the many voices we can use to honour and invoke our allies in healing and transformation, and play on the edges where story, drama and ceremony meet. Together we’ll co-create a ritual for Lammas / Lughnasadh, the ancient feast of the first harvest. There will also be informal space within this workshop for networking and sharing ideas and plans.
Lammas Ritual: Saturday evening 7.30pm, open to all, free
Making Rituals that Matter: Day 2, Sunday 3 August 9.30am – 5.30pm
This second workshop will go deeper into the skills and techniques of ritual—story, song, meditation, energy-work and trance. We’ll explore ways to create a powerful emotional arc, evoke ecstasy and catharsis, and shift consciousness. Activism can be tough and traumatic—just living in these times of challenge and intense transformation can be traumatic! But when we face the pain, ritual can help us transform it. We can become more skillful healers for ourselves and one another, and generate the strength and inspiration we need as we work for liberation and justice.
Venue: Transition Heathrow, London
See link for further info re venue: http://www.transitionheathrow.com/grow-heathrow/ Camping overnight on Friday and Saturday available in return for a donation to our hosts.
Cost: Sliding scale from £25 to £75 per day, lunch included. Our intention is to make this work available to all, regardless of financial situation, so please get in touch if you cannot afford this much, and we’ll see what we can arrange. Energy exchange (helping with organising, washing up etc) also possible. Please send Paypal payment to: email@example.com. Include details of which workshop/s you are booking. 0r email to arrange other payment options.
Enquiries etc: 07752 660177
Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Education | No Comments »
Students at the Free Nature School follow an alternative curriculum connected to nature, with an ethos that learning and exercise go hand in hand. We certainly found them a joy to work with; they were no strangers to chopping wood and making pizzas in a clay oven!
Posted: May 26th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Education, Energy, Residents | Tags: com.cafe, community, food, Residents, sustainability, wild food | No Comments »
Yet another amazing day of making homemade smoothies on the bicycle powered blender with Transition Heathrow the Com.Cafe!
Com.Cafe come to Grow Heathrow for seed sewing Thursday 29th May
Posted: May 22nd, 2014 | Author: Ian | Filed under: Art, Events, music | Tags: jamming | No Comments »
It’s Artsweek next week, so we’ll be hosting a jam on Thursday the 29th of May in our newly complete straw-bale house. Bring your friends!
We’ve got a piano (little outta tune) and a drum kit.
ALL ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS WELCOME!
……and all levels of musician too!
We’ll probably do some 10 minute improvisations, have some time for some sing along type songs, and maybe one or two continuous long jammmmmmmmmms
We’ll start around 7.30/8pm but come down for dinner beforehand if you want.
Be great to have you along. Please let us know if you are coming. And there’ll be a bonfire too.
Posted: May 10th, 2014 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: garden, wild food | No Comments »
April was a loads of fun; 30 of us came down and learnt how to identify the mustard family (brassicaceae), which has no poisonous plants, as well as the springtime linden (tilia spp.) leaves that are offering massive free salads all over London. We also spent some time considering the risks of foraging, codes of conduct and the law. A big thank you to everyone who came, all inspiringly enthusiastic, and also to our favourite photographer Jonathan Goldberg for these kickass snaps.
Now it’s May, the first few hogweed (heracleum sphondylium) flowers are just beginning to bud. Our site is covered in hogweed, having been derelict and neglected for so long, which means we’re able to steam pots full of dozens of hogweed flower buds every day in summer. Like an abundant wild asparagus, it’s gobbled up. And even if we didn’t live in a sea of it, it’s handy that each plant will live an extra year if all of its flowers are harvested.
But hogweed is part of the carrot family (apiaceae), which contains deadly poisonous species. Many people have heard of one cousin of the carrot, toxic giant hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum), for the extreme sunburn rashes it causes when touched. The rashes can become scars that last years, and there’s plenty of giant hogweed growing along Cranford Lane as well as the Grand Union canal west of West Drayton.
We’ll start the workshop off with some very civilised nibbles – hogweed stems with hummus: they’re like a refreshing, slightly citrussy celery. We’ll learn how to tell the difference between toxic giant hogweed and edible common hogweed, as well as how to look for warning signs that wild plants may be in the dangerous carrot family. There’ll be some fun activities in pairs and groups to recap the day as well as handouts to take home. All that brain strain will be rewarded with a hike round the site harvesting, and then steaming the goods.
You’ll need to book in advance to be able to take part as this Month the workshop will have a cap of 12 foragers to be able to move quickly and fit all of our activities in. The suggested donation for the workshop is £8 for people on high or average wages and £3 for low waged and unwaged people. All donations go 100% to Grow Heathrow, paying for bike workshop tools, rice and bog roll. If money’s not ideal, you can donate your time washing up
Book by leaving a comment here with your first name, which should take 10 seconds. If you don’t have internet access then just let a resident know your name face to face or on the phone. You can also check out our travel info and videos about the site.
I’ve been enjoying a couple of foragers’ web pages a lot recently, Chester-based Eden Wild Food and London-based Ipso-phyto. They’ve got fantastic seasonal photos of local wild food, so check them out if you like the sound of that. They also both offer guided walks and workshops.