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: June 22nd, 2016 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events, Uncategorized | Tags: art, community, Residents, resistance, sipson, sustainability | No Comments »
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.
Posted: March 2nd, 2016 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group | No Comments »
Saturday 5th March from 2pm
As part of Grow Heathrow’s fantastical 6th Birthday celebrations, join us on Saturday for an informative herb walk around the site with community herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad and some Spring vinegar making, bring a jar! We will be learning about and harvesting mineral rich herbs such as nettles, cleavers, dandelion and burdock roots..
Posted: October 17th, 2015 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: art, climate change, community, Residents, resistance, Squatting, sustainability | No Comments »
Harts Residency – A process of Unlearning
You are invited to take part in a creative and nourishing residential experience at community project Grow Heathrow.
Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd of November
** RSVP by Monday 26th October **
What will be involved:
Collective living, sharing skills, space to develop personal work, collaborative creativity, inner reflection, long term sustainability, nature, supporting the Grow Heathrow community and surrounding Heathrow villages.
The residency will include some workshops, (eg. Permaculture, using art to create social change) morning and evening sessions to share, reflect and develop ideas, a final project in the wider community and space for people to shape the structure themselves.
Food, sleeping space, facilities, workshop space and materials will be provided. There will also be regular integrated but optional wellbeing sessions such as yoga, meditation and massage. Participants will be involved in the tasks that make daily living at Grow Heathrow possible.
From visual art or performance, to social sculpture, or learning the deep art of making perfect compost from our poo, any range of artistic practice is welcomed, as long as it is aligned to the aims of the project.
Participants are asked to make a contribution to help make all of this possible. Suggested donation £20 to £40 for the 10 days but you are invited to pay less or more, depending on what you can afford.
Where will the residency be held:
The residency will be based at Grow Heathrow, a squatted land project, run off-grid from renewable energy with activities such as food growing, bike mechanics and inner wellbeing.
Grow Heathrow is set up in support of local community, which is heavily impacted by the airport and the threat of its expansion.
Participants will sleep in a communal guest cabin, there is also an option of bringing a tent if you prefer.
Although the residency will be based at Grow Heathrow, partiicpants are encouraged to develop ideas that also connect with the wider village and community.
When will the residency be held:
The residency will last 10 days (13th-22nd Nov) and participants are invited to come for the duration.
If you cannot come for this long, you are welcome to join from Friday 19th to Sunday 22nd November for the final community based project.
If you are interested, RSVP by phone or email, and include an explanation about what you think this experience can bring for you and what you can offer the rest of the group, Grow Heathrow and the wider Heathrow villages, (no longer than half an a4 page).
Please express interest by Monday 26th October
Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Saturday 5th September from 1pm – 5pm
The Elderberry (sambucus nigra) has long been treasured for its anti-viral properties. It ripens towards the end of summer in good time for the cold wet months ahead. This workshop will focus on Winter immunity, discovering herbs that can be harvested and preserved for the coming months, the elderberry medicines you’ll make will help keep you flu free all winter..
Workshop will include:
Herbal tea tasting and discussion – meeting our medicinal friends face-to-face.
An informative herb walk around site, with highlight at the apothecary, focusing on immunity and Winter preparations.
Practical medicine making – Elderberry immune tonic and Elderberry balsamic vinegar – lets get juicy!
Ritual journeying with a herb.
What you need to bring:
Jam Jars (at least 2)
Notebook and pen
Secateurs or penknife
Basket or the like
Meet 1pm at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson. UB7 0JH
This is a free workshop but donations to site are welcome.
Posted: May 26th, 2015 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Action, Art, Cool Projects, Education | Tags: activism, art, climate change, community, Residents, resistance, sustainability, transition | No Comments »
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.
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:
day time phone: o7512 320856
For more info, also see the Community HARTS website: communityharts.org
Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: Emma zeen | 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.
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.
The creation has been purchased by Thor, giving it a new loving home.
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
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.
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.
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.
Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: art, community, Residents, sustainability, transition | No Comments »
There’s a new project starting in the Heathrow villages, called Harts, using community led arts of different mediums to combat the blight from the airport, encourage a more cohesive community, and cultivate a happy, healthy and sustainable community, for the long term.
Get involved at this launch project planning event!
Posted: January 24th, 2015 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: charity, cycling, palestine | No Comments »
Edinburgh to London: step on your bike and stand up for Palestine in tandem with 1,000 other fellow cyclists. Combine the challenge of cycling from Edinburgh to London with fundraising in support of a Palestinian children’s charity.
THE BIG RIDE will follow a stunning route from Edinburgh to London, clocking up an impressive daily mileage. From the Scottish Lowlands and Northumberland we cycle through Yorkshire and then head gradually southwards to London cutting a path through the middle of England. Following national cycle routes, we avoid the busiest and fastest roads in favour of natural surroundings, satisfyingly challenging distances with stops in some great cities along our capital-to-capital journey.
Event organiser Dermot MacWard describes his vision for the event:
“My friend Musheir El Farra lost 8 members of his family (including 5 children) in the recent war in Gaza. His sister Dr. Mona El-Farra the Vice President of the Red Crescent society for the Gaza Strip and Director of Middle Eastern Children Alliance has asked for help. Mona wants us to help raise awareness of the situation in Palestine and also help the children’s projects she’s involved with in The Gaza Strip.
Consequently we’re planning for 1,000 cyclists to join us in one of the largest mass participation cycling events of its kind in Britain. If you do nothing else this year – dust off your bike, pump up your tyres and oil your chain for a fabulous week of pedalling and help the people of Palestine.”
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Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: Ali | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events | Tags: activism, events, grow heathrow, resistance | No Comments »
Last weekend saw a jammed packed schedule of Shazzam workshops.
We kicked off the weekend with the Radical Chat where Class War came down to discuss their Poor Doors protests in the East End and why they’re standing in this year’s general election. After a great powerpoint presentation, Jon from Class War answered a lot of interesting questions including being grilled about how he think’s he can represent anyone in parliament. Obviously, he’s an anarchist so he explained that the election isn’t an attempt to get in to parliament (infact he said he doesn’t want to get any votes) but instead is a way to take campaigning to the streets and making the most of the spectacle of the election. After a while we ended up discussing resistance and politics more broadly and we’re really looking forward to next month’s installment of Radical Chat, hosted by Action East End.
Saturday saw the bike workshop back in action. A few locals got their bikes fixed, we fixed a Grow Heathrow resident’s bike who now knows a bit more about axels, and we got a bike ready for sale. Now we’re looking forward to the ‘Build a Bike Trailer’ workshop – there’s still some spaces on this so get in touch – via email@example.com – if you want to come along.
Then finally on Sunday we had the pleasure of hosting Campaign Against the Arms Trade, who gave a talk about their latest campaign ‘Arms to Renewables’. This was really informative about the extent of spending on arms – which is essentially only making money due to massive government subsidies – and the huge potential for positive investments in renewables – which require the same kinds of skills and expertise as making weapons. The workshop was a great opportunity to share knowledge between anti-arms campaigners and environmentalists.
Phew! What as busy weekend… now let’s do it all again this weekend with Permaculture on Saturday and Subvertising on Sunday.
Hope to see you there