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!