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Sun 22 May, 1-4pm: Wild salad workshop

Posted: May 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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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.


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..


4 Day Winter Work Weekend Retreat

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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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!


AROOO @ Grow Heathrow PARTY!

Posted: October 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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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

Team AP!
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Plant Nutrition for Fruitful Harvests – Sunday September 20th – (14:00 – 15:30)

Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Growing Group | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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.

 


Harvest Festival At Grow Heathrow – Saturday 26th September

Posted: August 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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!

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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!


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.

 

 


No New Runways: events coming up

Posted: August 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | No Comments »

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Saturday, 12th September Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London 2pm. No New Runways: People fighting airport expansion are often branded NIMBYS by those who want more runways but the damage caused by such developments goes beyond the local areas. This event is focused on climate change. I’ve no doubt we will all learn something from this event.  Not just about the impact of aviation on climate change but also about what can be done.  Christine Taylor of SHE is scheduled to open the event with speakers including Dr Alice Bows-Larkin (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research); Keith Taylor MEP; Brendon Sewill (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign); Leo Murray (A Free Ride); Greenpeace; Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth).  Details and bookings at http://www.segreens.com/no_new_runways or go to the Facebook page: No New Runways.

Saturday, 19th September A national gathering of groups and individuals will be meeting up at Heathrow Primary School to look at ways to fight Heathrow expansion.  Wherever you live, if you are likely to be impacted by a third runway this is your chance to have a say in how the campaign moves forward. A whole range of topics will be under discussion so there should be chance to ensure your voice is heard on your biggest concerns. The official time is 10am-4.30pm but we understand the organisers are still looking at the best way to incorporate a trip into Harmondsworth, one of the villages that would be destroyed, where an open house event is taking place.  Initial details are below with more to follow.  Please circulate the news of this event widely so that as many people as possible can book a place to take part.

Saturday, 10th October (provisional date) National Rally against a Third Runway is expected to take-place in Parliament Square with big-name speakers. This is one not to be missed.  We will give you more details when we have them.


Sat 5 Sep, 1-5pm: Elderberry vinegar workshop

Posted: July 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Along with steamed hogweed buds (and blackberries), the other favourite foraged edible at Grow Heathrow is elderberry vinegar. Come on Saturday 5 September from 1 till 5 and join us.

As always, we’ll big you up and thank you loads for any/as many clean empty jars as you can bring :). So – elderberries. This widespread, delicious wild food has been one of Britain’s best loved hedgerow treasures for centuries, brewed into a unique smooth, rich and port-like wine with a flavour unmatched by anything on supermarket shelves (see recipe). The tree (sambucus nigra) is easy to identify if you’ve smelled the sweet elderflowers around May and June; they turn into drooping clusters of shiny purplish-black elderberries hanging down from purple stems from mid August till October.

Its best kept secret is definitely elderberry balsamic vinegar. This is fun, quick to make and leaves you with a result  that transforms cheap vinegar into posh balsamic: a bit like Jesus turning water into wine, but more directly useful for climbing the greasy pole of Britain’s entrenched system of class hierarchy.

Strip the berries from the stems using your hands or a fork; compost the stems. Take a litre of British cider vinegar (ie, the perfect amount for a small portion of chips) and add a kilo of elderberries. Chuck them together in a covered stainless steel, glass or enamelled container for a week. Then strain, put the liquid on the hob, let it simmer for ten minutes and bottle. Now order a small portion of chips to go with your litre of vinegar and enjoy. Congratulations: the balsamic vinegar in front of you means you’re going up in the world!

Living in broken rotting greenhouses has its perks. What plant books flatteringly call ‘wasteland species’ may not have the looks but as we like to say here, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And autumn is coming up, with our Garden of Eden maze of elderberries and blackberries.

You can also check out the Urban Harvest info on eating elderberries.


Carnival time – Sat July 11th

Posted: July 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events, music | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Hayes Carnival – 11th July – Save the Date. Transition Heathrow will be taking part in Hayes Carnival for the 6th year running. The theme this year is ‘Ringing in the changes – Hayes through the decades’.

Just like last years carnival, to start the day off there will be a procession with music, fun costumes and crazy bikes, leading us from Hayes Town to the free festival in Barra Hall Park.

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In the Transition Heathrow ‘eco-zone’ at the park we’ll be putting on our usual range of activities promoting sustainable living and community resilience, including:

  • a solar powered sound stage with live music and performances.
  • a comfy well-being tent with space for guided yoga and massage.
  • crafts activities, making puppets, seed bombs and more.
  • pedal powered fruit smoothies and phone charging.
  • the Rocket Stove Cafe – serving hot drinks and home baked cakes.
  • an info stand and growing area with information about us and other local campaigns, and seeds to swap and share.

As in previous years, we’ll be joined by Friends of the Earth Hillingdon, and also for the first time Stop Heathrow Expansion will be bringing a stall to share news of the campaign against the third runway.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Transition Heathrow space at Hayes Carnival, whether it’s providing music, baking or costume making, please get in touch asap at info@transitionheathrow.com.