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Wild and free salads: Fri 18 April, 1-3pm

Posted: March 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | 2 Comments »

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Well hello foragers. 2014 is on us and we’re partying hard with an ID walk and salad making stroll from 1-3pm on Fri 18th April.

This year, if for some embarrassing reason you haven’t heard, weekly Foraging Fridays are mutating into bigger workshops around once a month from February till September. Maybe we’ll go for an appley extravganza in October too, if you’re good.

Salad plants we’ll find:

  • Hoary cress (lepidium draba)
  • Chickweed (stellaria media)
  • Smooth sow thistle (sonchus oleraceus)
  • Cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris) – and its poisonous almost identical lookalike, hemlock (conium maculatum)
  • Cress, unfairly branded ‘hairy bittercress’ (cardamine hirsuta)
  • nipplewort (lapsana communis)
  • borage (borago officinalis)

blah blah blah. And possible ones nearby:

  • three cornered garlic (allium triquetrum)
  • horseradish (armoracia rusticana)

Bring your party clothes


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


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


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!


Please phone Rose or Sam on to RSVP 07890751568

Bike workshop

Bikes in the bikes space

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

All ages and experience welcome



*workshops are donations based




Sat 21 Sep, 1pm: elderberry workshop

Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow is now an edible forest collapsing under the weight of blackberries and elderberries. So, on Saturday 21st September, as part of the Urban Harvest network we’re putting on an elderberry celebration. It can only end one way: in dozens of jars of preserved elderberries.

Taste pickled ripe, slightly ripe and unripe elderberries from Grow Heathrow, pickled Hackney elderberries that have been sweated in salt before being bathed in vinegar, and elderberry and blackberry cordial with a hint of cloves. (If you’re wondering, the elderberry wine’s still fermenting :D )

Bring as many clean empty jars as possible!

Join up on Project Dirt if you like, or just turn up. See you here.

We’re out of jars

Posted: August 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: | No Comments »


If you have any spare clean, empty jars, we’d love to have them.

Over the last two days we’ve bottled six kilos of pickled elderberries and fifty jars of sour blackberry preserve. It’s going to be a luxurious winter, but there’s a lot of harvesting left to go – elderberries, sloes, plums, apples, pears, quinces and guelder rose berries for a start. Let’s get bottling! If you want to get involved, come along to our free wild food workshops every Foraging Friday, 2pm – 5pm. See you here!

Thanks <3

Official ‘Yarrow Yurt’ opening, 29th-30th June

Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club | No Comments »
Putting up a yurt at Grow Heathrow

Please join us for the official ‘Yarrow Yurt’ opening on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of June at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, UB7 0JH.

What we have in store for you:

Saturday 10am – 8pm (drop by anytime)..

  • medicinal herb bed making

  • minor maintenance

  • opening ceremony 7ish (including spirals and sage)

  • traditional mongolian food

  • warm sleeping space available

Sunday 12pm – 2pm..

  • yoga class taught by Jana and Justin 12-1.30

  • traditional mongolian food and dancing

  • join in with our regular growing Sundays slot 2-6

We really hope you can make it, Aimee and Tree. For more information email info@transitionheathrow.com or call 07890751568

Cranford Park, balsam bashing and a secret garden

Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group, Residents | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Cranford Country Park

Cranford Park has loads of brilliant events coming up, from balsam bashing to a bat walk and even an invitation into the secret garden.

This is a reminder that the next Quarterly Meeting of the Friends Group is this Thursday (May 23) at 7.30pm. It will be held at Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way (off Cranford Drive) and all are welcome. Bus E6 passes close by. I hope you will be able to join us to hear the latest about your park and contribute your views. The agenda and previous Minutes were sent to members on May 5.

This Sunday, May 26, the  SECRET GARDEN (next to the Stable Block) will be open from 10-12 noon. Come and see how this is growing, thanks to our volunteers, and maybe lend a hand! There are always jobs to do: no experience is required, tools and refreshments are provided.

More Cranford Park dates for your diary – no booking needed unless stated. Meet at park information centre unless stated.

Sundays May 26, June 23, July 14, August 11, September 8, 10am -12 noon all dates. Friends Group SECRET GARDEN OPENINGS. Come to help with some light gardening or just to have a look at this special place (normally closed to the public) beside the stables. Tools and refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to Stable Block. (Friends & Macmillan Cancer Support).

Saturday June 1, 11am. BUTTERFLY WALK. Join the Countryside & Conservation Officer on the park’s ‘butterfly transect route’ identifying a wide variety of species.

Sunday June 9, 10.30am – 1pm. Friends Group with Thames 21 RIVER CRANE BALSAM BASH. Volunteers required! Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant, taking over large swathes of riverbank, yet it’s easy to remove at this time of year. Volunteers will be gathering all along the River Crane and Yeading Brook – help us include Cranford Park in the campaign! Refreshments provided.

Wed. 12 June, 7pm. RIVERSIDE HABITATS & SPECIES. A wildlife walk and talk around the River Crane. Bring wellingtons if you wish to enter the river, nets provided. Please book with Alison Shipley ashipley@hillingdon.gov.uk. Tel. 01895 250647.

Wed. 19 June 8.30pm BAT WALK. Evening twilight stroll looking for bats, using bat detectors. Please book with Alison Shipley (as above).

Sat. June 29, 11am. ‘Knights, Earls & Ghosts’, FREE HISTORY TOUR. Follow in the footsteps of some interesting characters from the past as we show you the park’s historical highlights.

Sun. 14 July, 2pm FORAGING WALK & TALK. Looking for free edible produce our doorstep. Includes cooking tips. With Sam from the Grow Heathrow project.

Sat. 27 July, 10.30am – 1pm. Friends Volunteer session with Thames 21 CLEARING VEGETATION NEAR RIVER BRIDGE. Volunteers wanted to help open up views of this important historical feature. Tools & refreshments provided.


Join us at Abundance London’s Herbal High Road, 18 May

Posted: May 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »


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Foraging Fridays: free wild food every week

Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »


Free wild food workshops are thriving every Friday at Grow Heathrow, from 2 to 5pm.

Friday 10th: cow parsley tabouleh

Learn how to safely tell cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris) apart from its deadly poisonous lookalike hemlock (conium maculatum) and fool’s parsley (aethusa cynapium). Then make the world’s best tabouleh, bursting with vitamin-C-packed cow parsley.

Friday 17th: burdock roots workshop

Learn how to identify burdock roots, which are best harvested in early spring or late autumn, and whip up a delicious and nutritous meal that’s wild and free.

Friday 24th: garlic mustard saerkraut

Sound too good to be true? No – and it’s free. We’ll learn how to ID wild garlic mustard (alliaria petiolata) and then make its leaves into a gourmet wild saerkraut.

Friday 21st June: solstice celebration: elderflower champagne

This one needs no introduction: it’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. The big event of the Grow Heathrow wild food calendar. Elderflower (sambucus nigra) scrumping, here we come.

Mon 29 April: Capers for free

Posted: April 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »


Free wild food workshops are every Monday at Grow Heathrow. Join us on Monday 29th from 2-4pm to make capers from dandelion buds.

We’ll learn to preserve dandelion buds (taraxacum agg.) in brine, like we did with cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris) ‘celery sticks’ last week. Dandelions’ deep reaching tap roots bring calcium and potassium up from the sub soil, accumulating health-giving minerals for us to enjoy in this wonderful spring.

So come, visit, and let’s get a-foraging together.

Mon 22 April: how to forage wild chervil without dying

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

On Wild Food Mondays, visitors to Grow Heathrow have already learnt how to make cherry plum blossom tea, chickweed salads, and horseradish sauce. Now, on 22 April, we’re hosting a day dedicated to wild chervil (anthriscus sylvestris), also known as cow parsley.

Learn how to tell it apart from its poisonous lookalikes hemlock and fools parsley, so you can avoid the death that Socrates suffered at hemlock’s hands. And discover this extremely common plant’s potential for tabouleh, plus experiment with lacto-fermenting some in brine. Bring a bike for the foraging; after learning the key ID features, we’re cycling to the lake to test out our skills telling it apart from its lookalikes and to gather basketfuls!

The wild chervil wild food workshop runs from 2 – 5pm on Monday 22 April. It is free to everyone, but a donation of £5 is welcome from people who can afford it. Any donations will go towards Grow Heathrow getting a new chainsaw to help process timber for our off-grid wood powered shower and burners.