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With Grow Heathrow still in legal limbo, here’s a run-down of what we’ve been up to lately

Posted: April 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Art, Cool Projects, Education, Energy, Events, Growing Group, music | No Comments »

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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!

 


What’s Your Alternative Vision for Heathrow

Posted: June 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

 

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Whats your alternative vision

On Saturday 23rd July, Harts, Transition Heathrow and others are preparing an ‘Alternative Visions’ Launch, 12-6pm in the Sipson Community Centre in Heathrow, UB7 0DD.

There will be a ‘Gallery of Alternatives’ showing the innovative solutions that people are already cultivating in Heathrow and beyond, alongside some delicious food and drink.

This will be followed by an open space session for constructive discussions about developing positive alternatives in to the future, followed by some spectacular performances.

Currently, there are two predominant visions for the future of Heathrow – either the government decides this year that the airport is expanded, or the hotels, car parks and infrastructure serving the existing airport continues – both visions result in the destruction of homes, habitats and communities.

We want your input, skills and wisdom to create an alternative vision for our future.

communityharts@gmail.com


Flag it Up! Community Harts Parade – Friday 29th May 11am-4pm

Posted: May 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Art, Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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HARTS (Heathrow arts project) is launching a series of community murals on Friday 29th May as the last stop on the ‘Flag it Up’ parade’. The parade will begin at 11am in Harmondsworth; the village which faces almost complete demolition should a 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport be granted by the Government.

Hundreds of children living in the Heathrow villages have made flags based around the theme of ‘home’, that will be displayed on the lamp-posts, to combat the physical and social blight from the airport and the threat of its expansions and demonstrate the future that is strived for by the people of Heathrow.

The flag parade will start by St Mary’s church in Harmondsworth with activities 11am-12pm, walking to Sipson between 12-1pm, lunch at Grow Heathrow 1-2pm, (UB7 0JH), walking to Harlington between 2-3pm and finishing under the mural at Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Church Hall with tea, music and activities, 3-4pm.

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The date coincides with the final day of consultation of Airports Commissions air quality assessment and the mass action camp ‘Reclaim the Power’, where people are highlighting the need, from many different angles, for the UK to cut emissions, reduce reliance on dirty energy and create a more just society.

The ‘Flag it Up!’ parade and the community murals are part of a series of community-led arts projects in the Heathrow villages. Other projects involve landscape art, film and social sculpture. Harts is looking for artists to come to the Heathrow villages to develop projects with the community over 2015, so if you can help get in touch at:

email: communityharts@gmail.com day time phone: o7512 320856

For more info, also see the Community HARTS website: communityharts.org

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A Shazzam weekend of Bike trailers, Intuitive Painting and Sound Healing

Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Bike, Cool Projects, Education, Events, music | No Comments »

Last weekend we hosted 2 workshops – one practical for transporting our goods, one calming for our spirits and minds.

 

Saturday 31st – Up-cycling a Shelving unit into a Flatbed Bike trailer.

Who would have thought of the possibility of transforming a bunch of shelves into a bike trailer? Well we’ve done it!!!

We’ve proven that you can create a quality bike trailer with a team of eager people and a bunch of materials received mostly from donations.

All parts were free except for the tow arm and a few nuts and bolts.

 

 

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A whole day of planning, cutting, bolting, sawing and hugging warm cups of tea paid off and now the shelves are in use once more…… as a trailer.

 

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The creation has been purchased by Thor, giving it a new loving home.

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All the proceeds from this workshop have gone straight back into grow, helping us continue with further workshops and general sight stuff.

….The trailer has since been named Sady, after Thor’s dog who past away a while ago 🙂

 

Sunday 1st Feb – Intuitive Painting and Sound Healing workshop

 

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After the previous days busy building day, Sunday became a day of calm and peace with our office being revamped into a meditative healing and painting space for the day..

 

With a range of percussion instruments, our bodies resonated with the sounds being created bringing us into a meditative, relaxed state.

There were no fixed music or rythm. We all played the instruments according to how we felt, being free to pick up any instrument and experiment and see what sounds are created.

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Alongside being submerged in our acoustic senses, we were tactile with paint, chalks and pencils; releasing our energy onto paper . We did some mark-making going with whatever our minds felt right at the time. Our calming bodies drew squiggles and splodges not having to care whether each movement of our hand is a precise action or not. We let our creations be abstract, with no specific concept or object to draw. We expressed our inner child and allowed ourselves to be messy.

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Thanks to all the facilitators for delivering this weekend of workshops and thanks to all the participants for attending. It was a truely fascinating and relaxing weekend.


Jamming at Grow Heathrow

Posted: May 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Events, music | Tags: | No Comments »

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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.


Want to learn about Geodomes?

Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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Come and help build a 17 foot (5.1816m)! Geodome at Grow Heathrow. The workshop will run for a week from Friday 6th Dec.

We’ll be using a unique design that innovates the geodome structure for ease of assembly. This design incorporates a new star connection method that enables just one person to construct. Laying out the cover over the stars means that the cover will be already in place as the geodome is erected.  Possibly included in the course will be waterproof seam sewing techniques and dome canvas sewing if we have time. The course will be limited in numbers to 4 persons each day so please email in advance to let us know your availability and interest so we can maximise participants.

Geodomes are based on triangular geometry and were popularised by Buckmeister Fuller. They are predominantly used for earthquake relief due to their intrinsic strength at intersecting joints, this makes it an ideal solution for earthships, which this model is intended.

We will be using recycled metal poles from the dilapidated greenhouses we have on site. Geodomes are one of the most versatile structures available; they are scalable and can be made into any size you wish, you can use all sorts of materials available, and can be used for all sorts of applications, and they can also be joined together.

We will be using a 3V design, which means it has 3 different size pole lengths. It also has the option of a 4/9 or 5/9 variant, which alows the dome to have 2 different heights, either less than or bigger than half a sphere.

Hope to see you budding eco builders on the week of the 6th.


Costume Making Crafternoons for Hayes Carnival, Sat 6th July

Posted: June 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events, Residents | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Come to Grow Heathrow on Saturday 6th of July from 2pm – 6pm to make your very own costume for the Hayes Carnival procession.

Exploring ways to recycle textiles and clothes creatively, the theme of this year’s carnival is Hayes, past, present and future.

For more information email info@transitionheathrow.com or call 07890751568.


Hayes Carnival, Sat 13 July

Posted: June 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Residents | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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The highlight of the Transition Heathrow year is coming up on Saturday 13th July – that’s right, it’s Hayes Carnival time!

Be there.

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We’re incredibly proud and honoured by our past awards for best float and best eco-float. This year’s going to be the best yet. You’ll have to see it to believe it.


Recycled textiles @ Grow Heathrow

Posted: April 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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The sun shone gloriously on the meadow and on the creative beavers at the recycled textiles themed Crafternoons workshop last Saturday.

Locals and residents joined forces to revel in secondhand material, giving it a new lease of life in various mediums. Their woven masterpieces and fantastical fabric fairies now reside (for one month only!) in our new Crafternoons Exhibition Space, which is now open for all to enjoy.

Another free workshop brought to you by Grow Heathrow, don’t miss out on our next event, PRINTMAKING WITH LOU on Saturday 4th May at 2pm.

 


Recycled textiles crafternoon

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Join us at Grow Heathrow this Saturday for a free workshop exploring ways to recycle textiles creatively with Theresa and Steffie.

You’re welcome from 12 for the working group discussion, followed by lunch. From 1, learn how to weave rugs, patchwork, give old clothes and new lease of life and most excitingly make fabric fairies!

Crafternoons take place on the first Saturday of every month, and the next ones are print making (4 May) and mosaic reliefs (1 June).