We're grassroots Heathrow residents proving that communities less dependent on oil can be more resilient, stronger and happier. We take direct action on climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy by transitioning to a post-oil, community-led future for the Heathrow villages.

Grow Heathrow is looking for new members!

Posted: December 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

For a two month trial period, Grow Heathrow is now open to applications from new volunteers of all genders.

We are an intentional community and activist base, and we invite volunteers to become immersed in our day to day life. There are a variety of activities and tasks we need help with, including construction projects, landscaping, gardening, cooking, making art, communications/media and fixing bikes. Experience is not necessary, we are simply looking for proactive, energetic and enthusiastic people who are ready to get involved in the project. Food is provided, as is accommodation in our mixed-gender guest cabin (a female-only guest space is planned). We expect volunteers to attend our two weekly work days (Thursday and Saturday) and our Wednesday meetings, as well as helping out with daily tasks such as washing up, cooking and sometimes hosting visitors.

At this point we are able to accept 4 new volunteers per month: after being here for a week as a guest, you can apply to be a volunteer for another 3 weeks, following which you will have the opportunity to apply to apply to be a long term volunteer for 3 months. This is so we can all get to know each other and make sure we’re going to get along in the long run! Since we all live together and share the space, it is important that we are welcoming people whose values align with the aims of the project. Have a look around this website for further information on why Grow Heathrow came to be and what we stand for. If you would like to become a volunteer at Grow Heathrow, please contact us first, via email (info@transitionheathrow.com) or through our Facebook page. We’d love to hear something about yourself and why you’re interested in volunteering with us. It’s chilly and gets dark early at this time of year, so you will need to come equipped with warm winter clothes, a sleeping bag and a torch! We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the Grow family!

Changed Date – Heathrow Villages Preserving Session and Conker Championship.

Posted: October 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Here at Grow Heathrow we now have stack of beautiful apples and pears collected from Sipson, Harlington and Harmondsworth waiting to be pressed and preserved.

We have changed the date to

Sunday 17th October 11am-5pm

Preserving and Storing

Bring recipes, jars, ingredients, ideas!

Let’s share our chutney, cider, wine and jam recipes and learn how to store fruit for the winter together.

Sipson Conker Championship 2010

Bring your conkers at midday to find out who will take home the Sipson Golden Conker. 

Starting at the Grow Heathrow site in Sipson, Vineries close, UB7 0JG.

Lunch provided, donations welcome.


Contact – info@transitionheathrow.com

Site number – 07890751568

Beyond Tesco! The Hedgerow!

Posted: October 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Growing Group, Residents | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Grey skies and a pretty constant dribble of rain started our Heathrow Villages day of scrumping, but this was not to deter us! A hot vegetable soup was made from pumpkins and potatoes from the Grow Heathrow veg beds ready for our soggy return from the fruit trees and we set off with wellies, nets, bikes and trailers to our first location; Harmondsworth Great Barn Orchard.

Eight beautiful old variety apple trees make a small orchard in Harmondsworth behind the old barn and St Mary’s church, where the creator of the Cox’s Orange Pippin apple is buried. Having been told these laden trees tend not to be picked anymore there was massive excitement and energy from the scrumping crew to arrive and sample both the cooking and eating varieties. Climbing, shaking and picking apples from the trees and ground we had more than we could carry with the trees still looking as full as they had when we arrived!

Long time Heathrow resident Ken had great knowledge of fruit and nut trees in the area and showed us to a walnut tree in the next field. To someone whithout this local knowledge, it could seem there were no walnuts around but pushing aside the carpet of nettles surrounding the tree: treasure appeared! The field was also covered in yarrow, a medicinal white flowering herb great as a tea for the cold season; a bouquet now hangs in the Grow Heathrow community kitchen drying out ready for use. With 2 bags of walnuts and the yarrow we headed back to site to have some hot lunch and drop off the goods.

Revived and ready for more we scrumped three apple trees next to the site in Sipson and then headed down Sipson Lane to harvest a pear tree heavy with fruit on the side of the road. On our walk down to Harlington hawthorn berries, rosehips and damson plums were also collected from the hedgerows. A final pop to the Airplot to collect some apples from a cooking variety and we were ready to go through and sort the fruit of our labour.

A sorting station in the second greenhouse had been set up so we could separate the blemished fruit from the storable before the attack of the fruit flies. Sorting, drying and stacking the good fruit and then peeling the bruised and cut fruit to stew were the afternoon’s activities.

By sharing the local knowledge of what we already have around us we hope our community will come together in pride to defend it from all future threats.

This day focused on the abundance of fruit trees in the Heathrow villages, we hope to get more residents out and collecting in the coming weeks while the branches are still heavy.

Gather a group of friends and neighbours in your communities and go out in your area (or come to grow Heathrow and scrump here), see what you can find.

Let’s look past the supermarket shelves to the hedgerows!

Next installment is preserving and storing all this wonderful fruit for the winter months; Saturday 23rd October starting 11am come share recipes with us (and a apple press is in the making; Sipson cider!)

More info on urban fruit scrumping:



Beyond The Tipping Point – An impressive climate change documentary

Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

‘We have 30,000 days, 100 Months, 5 years left! Copenhagen (now Mexico) is our last chance!’ In the face of consensus on the reality of climate change scientists, policy makers and campaigners are increasingly in the habit of issuing deadlines, ultimatums and points of no return. But what impact does this language have on the decisions taken by activists, campaigners, and policymakers?

A provocative new film, ‘Beyond the Tipping Point?’, produced and directed by Dr. Stefan Skrimshire from The University of Manchester was launched on Thursday 15th July 2010 at the Manchester Museum. Now launched, it has been made freely available as an educational tool for campaign and community groups, schools and universities, to encourage people to discuss and reflect on the actions and decisions they take in relation to climate change. Including footage from last year’s UN climate talks in Copenhagen, the film features interviews with a Met Office international climate expert, a Bangladeshi social justice campaigner; members from direct action group Plane Stupid,  Buddhist leaders and leading academics. A rich diversity of perspectives emerge from these interviews. Whilst some of the contributors argue that ‘shock and awe’ will force the public to take action, others say activists must be more careful in the way they communicate. One interviewee argues that we should focus our attention on adapting our neighbourhoods to combat the unavoidable effects of rising temperatures. Leo Murray of direct action group Plane Stupid says: “This (film offers) insight into the implications of an imminent point of no return in the climate system, and should be seen by everyone involved in the struggle to prevent us from reaching that point…This type of critical reflection will be invaluable to our understanding of our own actions and what we seek to achieve by them.” Professor Alastair McInosh, author of Hell and High Water, says: “What I love most about this short film is how it draws out the beauty of those who care. It is a prophetic work that touches the spirituality  of where hope’s tenderness resides.”
A trailer for the film can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b-j00HTfFQ To request a copy go to there website: http://beyondthetippingpoint.com/