Posted: July 7th, 2015 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: food, wild food, workshops | No Comments »
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.
Posted: July 4th, 2015 | Author: Ian | Filed under: Events, music | Tags: Carnival, Hayes | No Comments »
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.
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 email@example.com.
Posted: June 25th, 2015 | Author: Ian | Filed under: Events | Tags: community, harmondsworth | No Comments »
Summer fair season has reached the Heathrow Villages, starting this saturday 27th June in the shady, historic grounds of St Marys Church in Harmondsworth.
There will be live jazz, home made cakes and cream teas, sumo wresting, crafts, bric-a-brac, games, competitions, coconut shy and much more on offer.
We are hoping to see lots of people, visitors to the villages and local residents alike – out to enjoy the day and support the event. It’s a perfect opportunity to experience the best that the villages can offer, and see what is likely to be lost should a third runway at Heathrow go ahead.
Harmondsworth primary school have their summer event the same day – why not visit both – close by and very different but complimentary events!
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 9th, 2015 | Author: Ali | Filed under: Events | Tags: grow heathrow, volunteers | No Comments »
You must have heard the news by now: Grow Heathrow is celebrating it’s 5th Birthday from the 27th of Feb to the 1st of March. In the lead up to this milestone event – we need your help!
Monday 16th Feb – Friday 27th Feb we’ll be creating spaces for workshops and sleeping, building a new woodshed, gardening, beautifying the site with signs and paints, wood chopping, preserving and more. Sleeping space, food and revolutionary company provided
So, it’s all hands on deck and any help during this time would be much appreciated. Give us a shout on our email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or call – 07706 602 284 – to let us know if you plan on coming down.
Don’t forget, there’s also loads of Shazam events to get involved in, Community workday every Thursday and roles to get involved with longer term.
Here’s to 5 years of beautiful resistance, and many more to come!
Posted: January 30th, 2015 | Author: Ali | Filed under: Events | Tags: activism, grow heathrow, permaculture, subvertising | No Comments »
Another busy weekend of Shazzam workshops have been and gone here at Grow Heathrow.
On Saturday we had a workshop by Rose and Aiemee on Permaculture, planning, propagation and planning. And then on Sunday, to continue our “p” theme, there was a workshop on propaganda – otherwise known as an introduction to subvertising.
Saturday’s workshop was well attended by residents of Grow Heathrow, their family members and the wider community. The workshop went through the theory of permaculture – focusing on the ethics (Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares) and principles behind the practices. There were a range of different levels of gardening experience in the workshop – from complete newbies to experienced growers, which meant there was plenty of knowledge exchange within the group. We also looked into some of the ideas behind soil care, a key part of growing practice, and crop rotation.
Preparing this years beds
We didn’t just spend our time talking though, but got out into the Grow Heathrow site to look at how permaculture design principles have been incorporated into many aspects of the way things work. We also got our hands dirty and weeded some of the beds in the meadow, ready for the coming growing season.
Feeling inspired by this workshop, a few people got together after the workshop and began planning this years growing at Grow Heathrow. We’re excited for what this season might bring and if you want to get involved in any capacity feel free to get in touch or come on down!
Sunday’s workshop on subvertising was also well attended with people coming from as far a field as Brighton to take part. In this workshop we discussed a variety of things from the problems associated with advertising to how to go about fighting back against the daily assault on our senses. (Did you know the average Londoner sees around 3500 adverts a day?).
Then we got practical and experimented with a variety of subvertising techniques on some fake billboards that were dotted around the Grow Heathrow site. Participants came up with some really creative ways to subvert problematic messages and said they enjoyed the chance to practice these techniques in a safe environment.
Another busy weekend down… let’s go for it all again this weekend! Come along fro Build A Bike Trailer tomorrow and then Intuitive Painting on Sound Healing on Sunday.
Go go go!
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
Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Events | Tags: community, harmondsworth, Residents | No Comments »
On Saturday 29th November, Harmondsworth held its annual Victorian Christmas Fair at St Mary’s Church. This was a great chance for the local community to get together, with a variety of different stalls and events.
Grow Heathrow, in collaboration with the local Scouts group, organised a Conker-tition. This was a knock-out tournament of conker smashing, but with a twist. The winner of each round was encouraged to graciously make a pedal powered smoothie for the loser. Loads of local kids got involved with the games and everyone had a cracking time, whilst enjoying healthy eco-friendly treats at the same time.
After the main day’s activities were done, we all moved down to the village green for carol singing followed by the turning on of the Christmas lights by local MP John McDonnell. Grow Heathrow were really pleased to be out and about in the community and be a part of such a wonderful day.
Posted: December 1st, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: art, transition, workshops | 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.
Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Bike, Events | Tags: bikes, food, grow heathrow, organic, workshops | No Comments »
This Saturday in Grow Heathrow, we have 2 activities to choose from:
12-4pm: Bike Workshop. Come and repair your own bike, or learn how to repair bikes in general.
1.30-4.30pm: Organic is affordable! A workshop about organic food, and especially how to buy and cook in such a way that you can keep it affordable for yourself.
In the latter we’ll be discussing the benefits of organic food, why it costs more, how to change your cooking and shopping patterns, how to store food, and more. There will be tasting and learning new foods and we’ll exchange information about where to get affordable organic food.
Come and have a fun day with us! Do let us know if you’d like to attend either workshop so that we have an idea of numbers for lunch: firstname.lastname@example.org.