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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!

 


Herbal Workshop: Spring Tonic Vinegar Making, To The Roots!

Posted: March 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group | No Comments »

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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..


Herbal Workshop on Winter Immunity – Elderberry Power!

Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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.

 

 


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.


Fun and Easy Fermenting at Grow Heathrow – A Tasty Kick Off to Shazzam!

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Britain is completely missing out on the benefits of fermented foods. I read that in the Guardian last summer. Kate Moss or someone equally iconic had said so, thus I resolved to buy a jar of sauerkraut that followed me from Edinburgh to Nottingham to Lincoln and then got lost. Although my love affair with fermented foods was brief, the fact still stood, unlike our European counterparts, here in the UK, we are missing out on eating ‘live’ food, and as a result we are missing out on a myriad of health benefits.

Now, for me fermented foods had always been synonymous with sauerkraut, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. In the main space at Grow Heathrow, there is a shelf that was obviously once meant for jams (it’s wittily labelled “Anarchy Spreads”) but has been laden with dusty jars of fermented foods for goodness knows how long. Indeed at the end of February Grow Heathrow will be half a decade old (come to our birthday party on the 28 of February and 1st of March!). So maybe that’s how old our ferments are too! I found that very intimidating it and took Annie, the fairy god mother of fermenting, to quell my fears in her Fun and Easy Fermenting workshop as part of our Winter Shazzam program at Grow Heathrow.

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Her wonderful and breezy approach to the art of creating this incredibly healthy food completely demystified sauerkraut and other fermented foodstuffs. On a lovely sunny January Sunday, we kicked off our winter season with Annie’s workshop. And what a treat it was. Annie brought a wide variety of ferments to show us: from hot sauce to addictive kimchee, and also offered the opportunity to taste more traditional and seasonal ferments. Of course I was immediately drawn to the more creative jars, like the kimchee, yet actually ended up making old-school red cabbage sauerkraut. My buddies around the table were creative or conventional to varying degrees, two boys combining powers to make rainbow sauerkraut, which included a turnip and fruit.

Over all, the workshop was a blissful way to learn about food. Annie proved to us that fermenting really does boil down to three simple steps and a handful of salt which will create something yummy. What a tranquil start to Shazzam and a tasty start to the year! I couldn’t have been more lucky.

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Save the date, Grow Heathrows 5th birthday 28th Feb / 1st March!

Posted: December 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

We’re holding out for that chilly start of Spring and hoping we’ll be able to mark our 5th year in this incredible place.

Grow Heathrows birthday is on the weekend of the 28th Feb / 1st March so save the date and keep your fingers crossed that we’ll be celebrating together.

What do you want Grow Heathrow’s 5th Birthday to look like? We want your thoughts and involvement, so get imagining. We’ll also be looking for people to get involved in preparing, cooking, creating, teaching etc, so have a think about what you could offer on that weekend / the week run-up. More info soon.

info@transitionheathrow.com

 


Making Soap at Grow Heathrow

Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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What a success, mint, rose petal, oats and lavender soap, homemade at Grow Heathrow…

Soap is made using 3 different kinds of oils or fats, an alkaline substance and flavouring. This time we used coconut oil, olive oil and vegetable fat…maybe one day we’ll process our own oil from sunflowers and alkaline substance from ash or sea-shells… not to mention the bike powered mixer…

The more help we can get the better though – let us know if you’d like to come on board the Grow Heathrow providing for ourselves train..

And watch this space for Shazam round 2, winter program..Education for the Future

 

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Workshop: Day of Degrowth – 25th of October

Posted: October 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Day for Degrowth: 25th of October, 10.30am – 6pm

Cost: Free, including lunch on a donation basis.

Degrowth is a concept that brings together activists and academics in order to understand the multiple crises (economic, social, environmental) affecting our planet. Economic growth has been a highlighted as a root cause of these problems and a variety proposals for a ecologically and socially just societies have been put forward.

In September this year over 3000 people attended the 4th International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany. This was an exciting event, with over 500 workshops, talks, and artistic presentations and shows the level of interest in degrowth to be increasing rapidly.

Unfortunately, conversations about degrowth in the UK have been rather thin on the ground. Until now.

Join us at Grow Heathrow for a day long interactive workshop introducing the topic of degrowth. We will aim to cover basic questions such as What is degrowth? Why is growth a problem? How do we get to a degrowth society? As well as providing a space to ask what should come next in terms of degrowth in the UK.

There is no limit on the number of places but as the workshop is all day lunch will be provided – so please email info@transitionheathrow.com to give us an idea of numbers.


SHAZAM – 2014 Autumn Programme of Events

Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

COB OVEN BUILDING WEEKEND IS POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC

 

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