The following workshops and events are in the pipeline at Grow Heathrow. Workshops are generally free, though donations are always appreciated. Tea and snacks will be provided. If you use Facebook, please confirm that you will be attending, and share with friends.
Radical Embroidery Date: Sunday 27th November Time: 10:30-15:00 Age range: 8+ with supervision
Ignored and derided for years as “women’s work”, embroidery is making something of a comeback. We’ll teach you how to embrace the needle and start a project, whether it’s a small patch, an embroidered quote, or the start of your radical full-size re-interpretation of the Bayeux Tapestry (which was actually embroidered). Materials will be provided, but you can also bring fabric that you would like to work on. Suitable for anyone old enough to hold a needle. https://www.facebook.com/events/1851165588449360/
Upcycling- learn to make jewellery and accessories Date: Sat 10th Dec Time: 13:00-16:00 Age range: 8+ with supervision
Getting crafty doesn’t have to cost you or the planet! Under the watchful eye of Kirsten K.Cycle you’ll learn how to work with reclaimed materials to make both beautiful and practical pieces. Why not turn a drinks can into a flower brooch, or a tetra-pak carton into a wallet? Materials will be provided, but you can also bring anything you would like to work with. https://www.facebook.com/events/645808802259404/
Sea Shanty Singalong Date: Saturday 17th December Time: 14:00 Age range: all ages, with children supervised
Come and learn some traditional nautical working songs, that’ll keep you entertained even if you’re more of a landlubber than a buccaneer. Suitable for all ages and singing abilities, participants will be given a PDF songbook afterwards so that you can all keep singing even if you forget the words. Don’t worry if you’re no Pavarotti, this session will be an informal singalong with no pressure to perform solo. https://www.facebook.com/events/814901231946510/
Winter Solstice Celebration Date: Wednesday 21st December Time: 18:00 Age range: all ages, with children supervised https://www.facebook.com/events/560364540824512/
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.
Boom! It’s that great tasting hogweed. Never heard of it? You don’t need to hear about it, just eat it. It’s one of our top most delicious wild foods.
Come on, we got another wild food workshop all lined up. We’ll do a little studying, to tell it apart from giant hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum), which is poisonous to touch. It gives you full on peeling, blistering sunburn to make you feel like a proper Brit on tour in August. Then, onceonce that’s worked up an appetite in you and put you in the mood for food, we’ll steam the flower buds and serve them with butter/margarine and lemon juice.
The thrilling photo above shows young common hogweed (heracleum sphondylium), which is all there on the Grow Heathrow site, in the top left, alongside its poisonous Giant cousin in the bottom right. If you want to swot up beforehand, check out these tidal waves of fact that’ll make you very, very brainy.
So if you want to not have peeling sunburn but to eat something that tastes like asparagus, and let’s face it – who hasn’t been searching for that yin yang combo in life – you can either get some normal asparagus or come to the workshop.
If you’ve hung out at Grow Heathrow in the spring you might have eaten from our salads which, unlike the Beatles’ self-important claim, are what is genuinely bigger than Jesus. So what makes them so big? So huge, if you will?
Well, the answer is linden (tilia spp.) leaves. These mild flavoured, slightly thick leaves are just bursting into leaf now, at the start of May, and will get large enough to harvest in a few weeks. They’re in season while they’re still lime green and see-through and before they become darker green and tough. The tree is also known as lime but has nothing to do with the citrus fruit that brought us mojitos and shaking limes in coconuts. They’re everywhere lining streets and parks in west London, and it’s quick to harvest bucketloads and mix them in a salad with the stronger flavours that are much more common in wild foods, for example wild garlic (allium ursinum) or sour, lemony sorrel (rumex acetosa).
From 1 till 4 on Sunday 22 May, we’ll kick off with an ID walk, learning or recapping some of the common springtime wild salads such as chickweed (stellaria media), garlic mustard (alliaria petiolata), oxeye daisy (leucanthemum vulgare), and common poisonous plants – god knows there’s enough hemlock (conium maculatum) around on site. As hemlock was good enough to kill Socrates, it’s definitely good enough to do us some mischief, so it’s worth taking a moment to snatch sideways glances at with wide eyes and thumping hearts while we fearfully fill our humungous salad pot.
Then we’ll enjoy eating the salad. Sounds like a good day, doesn’t it? I’m definitely going. See you there if you like salad. If you don’t like salad, you’ll be underwhelmed.
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..
How would you like to help Grow Heathrow prepare for the cold months ahead, whilst also having an amazingly fun time?
Why not come to our 4 day winter preparation retreat from Thursday 5th November – Sunday 8th November.
Featuring: Eco-shower block building, insulating with hemp-crete (and other exciting materials), making woodburners from ‘rubbish’, winter veg bed prep….
not forgetting: bonfires, yoga, meditation, herbal teas, music, dancing, fun and laughter.
All on a donation basis .
Food and sleeping space provided. Let us know if you would like us to reserve you one, otherwise feel free to bring a tent
Come for as many or as few days ars you like
This is open for everyone, all levels of experience welcome.
More details to follow
Hope to see you there!
The Alternative Press team are building and celebrating the last and final phase of A Room of One’s Own (AROOO) at Grow Heathrow Saturday 17th October! Come and join us for a live build, zine workshops, walks, yoga, music, open mic, and a bonfire party at sunset!
The itinerary for the day;
11am to 2pm – AROOO gets built!
2-3pm – Lunch!
3-6pm – Walks, workshops, yoga, meditation, open mic, music, drawing on AROOO…
Sunset + BONFIRE PARTY! poetry readings, potential sleepover
Feel free to bring food and drink! And donations kindly welcome!
It only makes sense that a sculpture aimed to raise awareness on the need for safe and inclusive space ends up at Grow Heathrow, where the community will continue to use it not only as an additional greenhouse, but a space to represent and champion the cause of the local community.
Join us for our day long celebration and party.
And get to meet the lovely residents at Grow Heathrow!
Love all round
Nitrogen, potassium, phosphates.. why are these relevant to how plants grow? And how can gardeners make sure plants get the food they need for healthy growth and harvests?
In this workshop participants will explore nutritional needs of plants, observe nutrient deficiencies in plants, and learn methods such as soil top dressings and making comfrey liquid feeds for free.
The tomatoes are ripening, the potatoes have been dug up, the cats are meowing, yes, it’s time to celebrate the harvest this Saturday with music, pumpkins and pizzas at the autumnal, autonomous community garden – Grow Heathrow!
Throughout the day expect…
Guess the weight of the pumpkin competition, charcoal making workshop (with Bio-Char Man), renewable energy system talk and tour and yoga and meditation hosted by The Buddha in the Strawbale House.
The Clay Pizza Oven will be in full throttle, making garlic bread and pizza throughout the day
14:00 Heathrow villages Orchard with Kate Corder.
15:00 No Third Runway! Open discussion on next steps in the campaign.
16:30 Making Herbal remedies over a rocket stove (Bring your own jar!)
18:00 As ever, there will be five fine courses of fine vegan cuisine. Culinary revellers are welcome to cook their own dish at home to bring along and share.
The evening will play host to an Open Mic Night, testing out the new SOUND SYSTEM!
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.