Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: elderberries, harvest, project dirt, urban harvest, wild food | 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 )
Bring as many clean empty jars as possible!
Join up on Project Dirt if you like, or just turn up. See you here.
Posted: August 25th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: wild food | 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!
Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club | No Comments »
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07890751568
Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group, Residents | Tags: community, conservation, cranford park, Harlington, Hayes, Residents, sustainability | No Comments »
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 email@example.com. 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.
Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: food, sustainability, wild food | 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.
Posted: April 24th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: food, transition, wild food | 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.
Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: food, foraging, harmondsworth, Hayes, sustainability, wild food | 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.
Posted: March 13th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Cool Projects, Foraging | Tags: scrumping, wild food | No Comments »
The London Orchard Project is an initiative promoting orchards and fruit trees in London. They are working with Londoners to plant and harvest apple, pear and plum trees all over the city, and help us all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit.
They are launching a new project, which aims to uncover existing orchards in London, and they’re looking for volunteers from all over London who have a bit of time available to help out with this project over the next six months.
The London Orchard Project have a database of potential orchard sites and need people to check whether they are indeed orchards and, if they are, to survey them to establish what state they are in. The survey data will be captured on a database so that we can get a much better picture of the state of London’s existing orchards and start to harvest them where possible!
You can see the map of orchards here. There are a lot potential sites in the Heathrow area, so when the sun comes out we’re going to hop on our bikes and go on an orchard hunt.
Stay tuned for more info.
Posted: January 19th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: access to land, Harlington, Hayes, sipson, wild food | No Comments »
The fantastic Friends of Cranford Park are running some awesome events.
Grow Heathrow (currently known as Snow Heathrow) will be be going to the winter tree identification walk at 11am, Sunday 16th February. Meet at the Cranford Park visitor centre.
Join the Friends of Cranford Park Facebook, or follow @cranfordpark for the latest updates.
Outdoor events take place whatever the weather. Unless stated otherwise, please meet at the park information centre, near car park.
Second Thursday of every month, 10am – 1pm Cranford Park Volunteers
Feb 14, March 14, etc. Help with a variety of jobs in the park and woodland. Meet at park information centre. Contact: Alison Shipley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Thursday of every month, 11am. Feb 21, etc. Cranford Park Healthy Walk. Brisk two-mile stroll in friendly company. Why not include this as part of your new year fitness regime? Led by Countryside and Conservation Officer Alison Shipley.
Saturday February 16th, 11am. Winter Tree Identification. A winter wonderland walk through the park with tips on how to identify trees when not in leaf. Hear about historic uses for trees and how to assess their age. This event has been rescheduled from Saturday, January 19th
Friends Event: Sunday February 3, 11am – 1pm. Tall Tales and Trash!
Everyone welcome to join a community litter pick, hearing tales from Cranford’s exciting past and identifying wildlife as we go. Hear some true stories about your park and help smarten it up at the same time. Gloves, tools etc provided. Led by Bob Barton (CPF) and Billy Coburn (Thames 21).
Friends Event: Thursday February 28, 7.30pm Cranford Park Friends Meeting. Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington UB3 4LW (Bus E6)
General meeting following on from our AGM in November. All welcome.
Saturday March 2, 11am. Signs of Spring! A guided walk around the park looking for spring’s first stirrings. Led by Alison Shipley (LBH).
Friends Event: Sunday March 17, 11am – 1pm. ‘Secret Garden’ Spring preparation. Come along and help with some light gardening, including sowing wild flowers. All welcome, bring the family. Tools, good company and light refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to the Stable Block (with Macmillan Cancer Support). If there a garden enthusiast who would like to help lead this on the day please contact Bob Barton.
The Green Spaces Events Booklet details activity in parks throughout the Borough of Hillingdon and includes the above events.