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The Free Nature School from Berlin visits Grow Heathrow

Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | No Comments »

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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!

 

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Smoothie Bikes with Com.cafe

Posted: May 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Energy, Residents | Tags: , , , , , | 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

 

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WORKSHOP WEEK THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH

Posted: March 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events, Foraging, Gardening Club | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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In addition to our weekly Growing Sunday and Community Workday Thursdays, we now have Workshop Week on the third weekend of every month and week lead up. Come down and join us for:

Foraging Friday (Friday of 3rd weekend of month)

Bike Workshop (Third Saturday of the month)

Introduction to growing workshop (Third Sunday of the month – now fully booked)

See EVENTS page for exact dates and CONTACT page to RSVP

Foraging Friday

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Come and find out about what’s growing all around us and how we can use it in our daily lives. Elderflower fritters, spring green salads, scrumping apples….

All ages and experiences welcome!

1-3pm

Please phone Rose or Sam on to RSVP 07890751568

Bike workshop

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Learning together how to repair and maintain your bikes with tools and friendly support.

All ages and experience welcome

12-4pm

 

*workshops are donations based

 

 

 


Foraging and Games with the Com.Cafe

Posted: February 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Last week the local community cafe, ‘Com.cafe’ came to Grow Heathrow for a fun day out.

There were games, foraging leaves, arts, music, lots of muddy shoes and learning lots of new things.

Have a look at the pictures and watch this space for future events

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Pig Business – Film Screening on Thursday 28th November

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Media | Tags: , | No Comments »

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 The nights are drawing in, evenings are getting colder, so why not snuggle up in front of the fire with a cup of tea and join us for a film screening in our off-grid cinema? Come and join us on the 28th November for dinner at 6.30pm and a film screening at 7pm with a short discussion afterwards.

In support of Farms not Factories we will be screening Pig Business, an investigative documentary into the corporate takeover of pig farming and the devastating impacts this is having on our environment, local communities, small farmers, human health and animal welfare. This factory pig farming system operates where labour is cheapest, animal welfare and environmental standards lowest and subsidies highest. The resulting profits line the pockets of just a handful of massive corporations and their powerful lobbyists.

Farms not Factories is a campaigning organisation exposing the true cost of cheap meat created by the global phenomenon of factory farming. As part of the world-wide food sovereignty movement they are fighting irresponsible unsustainable animal farming practices and promoting small scale high welfare pig farming. This screening is being shown as part of Farms not Factories global outreach campaign bringing the topic of food production to the table.

Come and find out how to be part of the solution. Love from the greenhouses.


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.


Bike Mechanics Wanted for Weekly Workshop

Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education, Events | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Grow Heathrow is looking for bike mechanics to help run our weekly bike workshop. It’s just a few hours in the afternoon. We can move the day of the workshop to a day that suits you best. Please contact us or drop by if you or anyone you know is interested.

Also any donations of allen bolts would be wonderful, as we’re quite low :)


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.


Self Empowered Energy Revolution – Part 1

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education, Energy, Events | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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The Energy Group at Grow Heathrow is kicking of a series of Sustainable Technology training days with a workshop on how to build your own generator from scratch – Saturday 27th April at 11am – 6pm

The small Wind Turbine that was kindly donated by one of our supporters isn’t quite up to scratch for our battery bank. We need to make some new windings, so what better opportunity to share our knowledge than by inviting people to come and share in the experience.

We’ll be going through winding our own coils with ceramic coated wire, setting the magnets in resin and then configuring the coils to produce energy as the magnets pass.

The workshop will be accompanied by a delicious lunch.  Donations gratefully accepted where possible. Check out our Facebook event or email us at info@transitionheathrow.com for more information.

Come on down to Grow Heathrow to get skilled up for the Self Empowered Energy Revolution!


Finish the straw bale house!

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education, Events | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

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It is time to put the icing on our big, delicious mud and straw cake. With the inside of our curvaceous, carbon sequestering community space coated in a lovely mixture of locally dug clay, straw, sand and poo from our resident horses; it is time to give the outside the same treatment.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to render in clay, build cob and wine bottle walls and have lots of filthy fun. On Sunday 7 April, we’ll also be holding a workshop on willow sculpture making. We have plenty of crash space, a lovely wood fuelled shower and will provide tasty squat pot for all mud slingers. We ask only a small donation for food (£2 per day) and a willingness to engage with the tasks that keep our little squattopia going i.e chopping wood and vegetables and a bit of washing up.

Feel free to come down for as much or as little of the week (Monday 1 April – Sunday 7 April) as you like but please let us know your intention so we can make sure we have enough beds and food.

Email info@transition.com to book a place or receive more details.