Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | No Comments »
Winter Solstice, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year, signifying the return of the sun, and with that – life.
Grow Heathrow has chosen December 21st as a fitting day to have a Growing Group Reviewing and Renewing Session where we can reflect on last years growing projects, review our practices and renew our enthusiasm and inspiration to take us into the new year with new life.
We’ll be discussing how we work as a group, our vision for the next year and how we’re going to make it possible. We would love your help and inspiration to continue to make our community garden an abundant and vibrant place to be. It will be a space for creativity and imagination, using permaculture teacher Looby Macnamaras Design Web as inspiration for our conversation. We’ll begin with a walk around the growing spaces to reflect on and celebrate our successes last year and end the day by celebrating with a wonderful Winter Solstice meal with friends. Every ones voice is important in saying what you would like to see from your community garden so the more the merrier.
We’ll be starting at 10am, with a break for lunch, and aiming to finish by around 4pm for celebrations. For more information please mail info(at)transitionheathrow.com
We hope to see you all there.
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: March 26th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: community, food, garden, growing | No Comments »
It might be cold and grey, but spring IS on its way and it’s time to start preparing for our biggest and best growing season yet!
Join us from 1pm on Sunday 31 March to welcome the sun and keep Heathrow growing!
We’ll start the afternoon by sharing food – feel free to bring a dish – then we’ll get down to sowing seeds, mulching beds and weeding, as well as exploring the site and washing it all down with a cuppa!
There’ll also be a wild food walk led by Sam, our resident forager. He’ll be finding:
- wild chervil, anthriscus sylvestris - posh up your soups
- three-cornered garlic, allium triquetrum - stir fry magic
- hogweed, heracleum sphondylium - nature’s free spring asparagus
- coltsfoot, tussilago farfara - put some flowers in your spring salads (thanks Lou!)
- sorrel, rumex acetosa - lemony zing for your April larder
- chickweed, stellaria media - year round salads from one of London’s most widely found plants
- hairy bittercress, cardamine hirsuta - spicy cress, their weeds are our lunch
To find out more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, West Drayton, UB7 0JG.
Posted: March 11th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: food, garden, growing | No Comments »
The Growing Season has begun! After an amazing weekend the sun has been shining and the birds singing, yes the spring has arrived, therefore there are lots of jobs to do in the garden, in preparation for a beautiful organic growing season.
So come join us at Grow Heathrow, this Sunday at 2pm for a full day’s graft of compost, seed sowing, mulching and more.
GROWING SUNDAYS ARE BACK - Many hands make light work, so the more the merrier!! Meet and jobs for the day from 2pm till dusk There will be growing tasks followed by an evening of discussion and planning, for a forest garden design in the coppice.
Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Growing Group | Tags: access to land, community, food, garden, growing | No Comments »
Land and Liberty: How we found our patch of land
Are you looking for land to grow food in London, or interested in the history and practice of land rights?
Come along to Pogo Cafe on the 4th of February to share stories and ask questions about accessing land for food growing in London. Member organisations from the Community Food Growers Network will be joined by Rebecca Marshall of the Community Land Advisory Service to share their insights and experiences on various ways to access land in urban areas, and the trials and tribulations of the different models.
The event will include some background to the issues and a look at the future of accessing land for community based horticulture projects, as well as a participatory open space where you can ask questions and seek advice.
Food will be available by donation. Event will be 7pm – 10pm on the 4th February at Pogo’s Cafe, 76 Clarence Road, Hackney, E5 8HB
Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Action, Growing Group | No Comments »
The agricultural village of Jaos in the West Bank, Palestine, where Israel’s separation wall puts security fences between farmers and their land
Grow Heathrow, along with other community growing projects in London, have pioneered a boycott of Veolia’s green waste compost.
We made a decision to boycott Veolia’s compost because of the company’s records of human rights breaches in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine advises that’s Veolia’s commercial activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories make Veolia liable for serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
The Russell Tribunal’s advice corresponds to the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion in 2004 that the construction by Israel of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its associated regime are contrary to international law.
As a community organisation working to build resilient human communities through sustainable food production we feel that buying the products of companies who are liable for violations of human rights and humanitarian law would compromise our core values.
The decision to undertake the compost boycott was made in solidarity with the Palestinian Farmers Union who thanked us for the support and called for further boycotts of companies that profit from the occupation of Palestine.
For more information about the Palestinian Farmers Union and the international boycotts of Veolia see:
www.pafu.ps/eg and www.bdsmovement.net
the PFU response was
Dear Community Food Growers Network,
Thank you for contacting us and for your support letter.
Just to update you on Veolia BDS campaign success, Veolia is now trying to pull out
from all these projects. Last information we had, that they sold Tovlan dump sight but
are still involved as consultants to the new buyers. These success want happen without
all our friends support.
Regards & Thanks,
Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Cool Projects, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: food, growing, veg box | No Comments »
Our newly launched veg box scheme at the Sipson Post Office is proving a remarkable success with the Heathrow village folk. Every few days we have been re-filling the veg box with courgettes, tomato’s, carrots, salads, chillies, onions and more.
Very kindly the shop offered to sell our locally grown vegetables with all the proceeds coming straight back to us which means we are able to cover our costs. At the moment the veg is being sold on a donations basis, so people give whatever they feel they can give.
Veg harvested at Grow Heathrow
After harvesting from the Grow Heathrow community garden, we take the 100m walk down Sipson Lane to give Sipson residents vegetables which have absolutely zero air miles.
A re-filled Veg Box
For some interesting reading on Grow Heathrow and why we feel gardening is such an important part of the project you can read Grow Heathrow gardener William Ronan’s blog post on StirToAction: ‘Keep the Aspidistra Flying: Olly Twist, The Black Panthers and Food Autonomy’. And I leave with you with my faviourite picture of the week:
A half yellow, half green Squash
Posted: June 25th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: food, garden, growing | No Comments »
We finished our ‘Square Foot Garden’ today and have sown Chicory, Sorrel, Lemon Balm, Beetroot, Calendula, Thyme, Black Spanish Long Radish, Savoy Cabbage, Marigold, and even some Basil seeds from the PEDAL seedbank picked up in Turkey- all in 4ft by 4ft!
We also put in some tomato and chilli plants that we sowed seeds for back in April- so there’s alot going on.
We built a simple raised bed from scaffolding boards 4ft by 4ft with string running across at 1ft intervals making a criss-cross of 16 square foot plots.
The idea behind Square Foot Gardening is that because many different varieties of plants are so close together diseases will not spread so easily and natural insect repellant methods will work well in a tight space- meaning there is less need to use pesticides.
One such method is companion planting where plants are placed close together as they support each other in getting nutrients, controlling pests, and pollination. So we planted Marigolds next to the Tomato plants in the Square Foot Garden today as its strong musky smell deters common insect pests.
The dense spacing for the plants mean that they become a living ‘mulch’ which enriches the soil, prevents erosion and holds water in the ground.
Square Foot Gardening is also a great way to use constricted space- especially in the city!
We used different ways to sow seeds; in drills, in clusters, or broadcasting.
For example we sowed the Chicory in drills which are rows of seeds. Using a finger we created a line half an inch deep in the soil, before watering the small trench.
After sowing the seeds we covered the seeds with dry soil, as gnats will lay larvae on damp soil.
We broadcast sowed the Basil so we can harvest from a large clump of it! The same steps were followed as before except that the whole 1ft x 1ft plot was watered using a rose on the end of the watering can before sprinkling the seeds lightly over the whole space, and then covering with dry soil.
We thought we’d try sowing the Black Spanish Long Radish in clusters - so in each of the six half-inch-deep holes spaced evenly in a 1ft x 1ft space we placed three radish seeds.
We’ll see how the experiment goes and post a blog when the seeds start coming up!
We’ve also had our first strawberries come out and harvested a few today.
We’ve been using Comfrey feed which encourages the plants to fruit- its very potassium rich. You can make your own at home instead of having to buy it from the shops.
You can learn how to make comfrey feed here.
Right- time to feed the Tomatoes!
Posted: June 25th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: food, sipson | No Comments »
We have a huge harvest of lettuce at Grow Heathrow and so today we took some to the local shop in Sipson, with tomato plants.
We’re very excited- you can now ‘pay what you can’ for a Sipson lettuce grown from seed 100m down the road at Grow Heathrow!