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Spring at Cranford Park

Posted: April 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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If you have thought of volunteering in the park, now is the time! Just turn up at one of Cranford Park Friends’ monthly sessions, meeting at the Secret Garden beside the Stables, on the second Sunday of each month… the next session is this coming Sunday April 13 at 10am (see below). No experience or tools are required.

Some other event highlights for the coming months are listed below. Other news in brief:

Repairs to the Stable Block roof, weatherproofing and ivy removal have been completed by the London Borough of Hillingdon’s contractor. So the building is weatherproof at last. Unfortunately there was a break-in in the early hours of March 9, the doors were damaged and some of our tools stolen. If you have spare garden tools you could donate to fill the gap, please contact the Secretary.

Towards a Lottery bid. LB Hillingdon has shown great faith in our group’s achievements by ring-fencing £25k to fund a Feasibility Study, the first step towards a Heritage Lottery Fund grant application. It has been declared a Hillingdon Improvement Project, for the buildings and park. Winning a Lottery grant will be a long and complicated job but success could mean wonderful enhancements, of benefit to the whole community. A Steering Group has been set up and the Friends are well represented on it. We hope you will be able to help us – more details in due course.

CRANFORD PARK EVENTS 2014 All events except *are free. Address: The Parkway (A312), Hounslow, TW5 9RZ.

Sunday 13 April, 10am – 12 noon. Secret Garden Opening & Volunteering. Help us prepare the garden for summer. Refreshments will be served to volunteers. The garden will open at the same time on the second Sunday of each month (11 May, 8 June etc.). The entrance is adjacent to the stable courtyard.

Saturday 26 April, 11am. Bluebell Walk. Join Countryside & Conservation Officer Alison Shipley for a guided walk through the bluebell woods. Meet at information centre.

Sunday May 11, 10am -12 noon. *Secret Garden Opening & Volunteering. *See above.

Saturday May 17, 11am. ‘Knights, Earls & Ghosts’ History Tour. A 90-minute guided history walk around Cranford Park. Meet at information centre.

Thursday May 22, 7.30pm. Cranford Park Friends’ Quarterly Meeting. Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington (off Cranford Drive, bus E6). All welcome.

Sunday June 8, 10am -12 noon. *Secret Garden Opening & Volunteering/Balsam Bash. *See above. On the river we join the River Crane-wide event removing Himalayan Balsam, a highly invasive plant along the river. Please wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts.

Sunday June 22, 11am – 4pm. Grand Union Canal Boat Trip on the Elsdale. *(Members of *Cranford Park Friends and families only; booking essential). Departs from and returns to Packet Boat Marina, Packet Boat Lane, Cowley UB8 2JJ. A leisurely cruise and social event for members and their families. Free (donation of £3 suggested). Please bring a packed lunch. Licensed bar also serving hot and soft drinks. On-board toilets. Includes short talk on canal history, and local wildlife. Places limited, please book with Dhush Selvarajah, tel. 077180 43105, email dhush.selvarajah@groundwork.org.uk.

Saturday June 28, 11am. Butterfly Walk. Join the Countryside & Conservation Officer for a guided walk looking at the many species of butterfly found in Cranford Park. Meet at information centre.

Saturday August 2. Cranford Park Remembers. A friendly day for all the family with a medieval encampment, a memory wall where you can leave your park memories, activities for kiddies and more. The 18th century Stables and St. Dunstan’s Church will be open; tea garden refreshments. Details to follow nearer the date. Volunteers will be needed well in advance.

Saturday/Sunday September 20 and 21.* Open House London 2014.* Cranford Stables & Secret Garden and St Dunstan’s Church open. Members of the Friends’ History & Conservation working party will be in attendance.

Saturday/Sunday September 27 and 28, 3pm. *W*heat to War 1780-1918.*Celebrate local life in this hour-long outdoor spectacular for the whole family. Outline Theatre performs popular songs, dance and drama. A moving tribute to our local Great War Heroes, marking the centenary of World War I. Tickets £4 or 4 for £14, Under 5′s free; book online at www.outlinetheatre.co.uk. Box Office, tel. 01895 851936.


Growing Sundays

Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Growing Group | Tags: | No Comments »

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Come along to Grow Heathrow every Sunday to help us return the Berkeley Nurseries site back to its intended purpose – a thriving market garden that will provide our community with locally produced, organic fruit and veg as well as a venue for new and interesting projects and workshops.

All ages, abilities and gardening experience welcome! Find out more about Grow Heathrow and how to find us here. You can contact us on 07890751568 or at info[at]transitionheathrow.com.

>> We are also hosting an Introduction to Gardening course (sign up by 9th March). Find out more here


Introduction to Gardening – course at Grow Heathrow

Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Come and learn how to grow abundant and healthy fruit and vegetables in an organic way at the Community Market Garden GrowHeathrow this spring!

What? This course is for those who want to gain basic horticultural skills, build knowledge and confidence of organic foodgrowing within a community garden context or at home in your garden. Designed to build basic and technical skills through a combination of practical training within the Grow Heathrow growing space along side supported theory sessions on these methods of growing.
When? Running through 5 sessions from March – July 2014;      10am-4pm Lunch provided. One Sunday a month confirmed dates;
  • 16th March
  • 20th April
  • 18th May
  • 15th June
  • 20th July
Where? Grow Heathrow site with potential trips to local allotment and growing sites. Site address; Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JH

Course Content that will be covered over the 5 sessions:

  • 1. Planning a Growing Space; Organic vegetable garden design techniques including site and location, crop rotation and companion planting.
  • 2. Soil Care; study of different soils, and soil cultivation techniques; a look at composting, mulching and green manures for soil care.
  • 3. Propagation; Indoor seed sowing techniques, and how to prepare ground for sowing and planting. seedling aftercare
  • 4. Seasonal garden maintenance; specific techniques for vegetable and fruit production. organic weed management, home made organic fertilisers, appropriate tool -use    and ongoing care.
  • 5. Inviting Wildlife; enhance biodiversity in the garden to help with pest and disease management. Basic plant identification

Suggested donation for the full 5 sessions £30 for food and printing costs (open to sliding scale donations according to what people can afford, contact for more information)

Each session will build on the previous ones  so commitment and attendance for the full course is required. Drop-in gardeners are welcome at our Growing Sundays, the ‘Introduction to Gardening’ course is for people who can attend all sessions.

Spaces are limited, please send confirmation by the 9th March. We’d especially like to hear from people living in the local area and who’ve been involved with GH in the past, but all are welcome. Get in touch with any questions or come to Grow Heathrow’s 4th Birthday on Saturday 1st March, you can speak to someone in the Growing Space and have a look around the site.

We’re really excited to be able to offer this course, we look forward to hearing from you!

Contact: Aimee Lormand, 07592945249 aglormand@gmail.com or info@transitionheathrow.com


Reviewing and Renewing with the Growing Group

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | No Comments »

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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.


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 »

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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.

www.cranfordparkfriends.org


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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Spring into action with Grow Heathrow!

Posted: March 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Spring into action

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 info@transitionheathrow.com.

Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, West Drayton, UB7 0JG.


Growing Sundays: spring into action

Posted: March 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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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.


Looking for land to grow food?

Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Growing Group | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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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


Grow Heathrow joins Veolia Compost Boycott

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Author: | 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, Dawood