Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Responding to a recent call out, Grow Heathrow sent wishes of solidarity to Hambacher Forest on Thursday.
Hambacher Forest is a camp comprising four occupations in the Rhineland of Germany, which is protesting against the expansion of one of the largest opencast brown coal mines. The mine is a disaster, not only in terms of the impact on the climate from this dirty fossil fuel, but also for the local residents of the nearby villages that would be destroyed to make way for the mine’s expansion. In addition the natural ecosystem would be totally devastated.
In recent weeks activists in Hambacher Forest have been carrying out a number of actions against the felling of this ancient forest. There have been a number of arrests and one of the tree-occupations was evicted at the beginning of December.
You can find more information about the occupation and the recent actions at Hambacher Forest’s website.
Grow Heathrow wishes to show support for the continued struggles in Hambacher.
Love and Solidarity
Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | 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 2nd, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Education, Uncategorized | Tags: activism, climate change, community, education, Residents, sustainability, transition | No Comments »
Building on the success of our autumn program of Shazam events and workshops, which included building a bike powered washing machine, solar panels and more, we’re going for round 2, and are planning a winter workshop program.
Do you have a skill you can offer?
Winter Shazam will run in January and February 2015 and we’d love it if you were involved.
We’re looking for people and organisations to offer workshops, events, performances, skill-shares, talks or just whatever it is that you do best, that can run at Grow Heathrow or in the wider villages between January and February. If you think you can contribute to furthering the aims of Grow Heathrow, or know someone else that might, then please email us with a proposal of what, when and how, by Wednesday 10th December to email@example.com
Education for the Future.
Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Action, Uncategorized | Tags: activism, community, resistance | No Comments »
Any changes to the timetable will be updated on the website
Thursday 14th August
12pm Introductions / Grow Heathrow Q&A
1pm Lunch Break
2pm Guided tour of Grow Heathrow
3pm HACAN talk and Q&A with John Stewart: How local resistance beats airport expansion
4pm NOTRAG talk and Q&A: The Heathrow villages fighting the 3rd runway, plus plans for the future.
5pm Wellbeing session
6pm Guided tour of Grow Heathrow
7pm Know Your Rights training
9pm Live music
Friday 15th August:
*********** 8am Bailiffs Arrive ************
8am Onwards – General activities on site and outside the gate including: General resistance, music making, smoothie bicycle, wellbeing and more
If you want to help out with making the day run in any way, please let us know (examples include cooking meals, leading games, music sessions, improving the hot water system, bringing workshops etc)
Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Following the attempted eviction of Grow Heathrow on the 15th August, a free coach, 30 spaces, will leave Grow Heathrow towards Blackpool where we will continue to fight for corporate, social and economic justice at the Reclaim the Power camp. So you can stand in solidarity against airport expansion, and still make it to the camp to be part of the fight against fracking.
PLEASE EMAIL US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BOOK A PLACE
Posted: July 29th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
There are still some places left for both days of Starhawk’s workshop “Making Rituals That Matter” 2&3 Aug. There will also be a free community ritual on the Saturday evening, all welcome but places are limited, especially if the weather is wet and we need to work indoors, so please let Sylvia or Grow Heathrow know if you are planning on being there. Starhawk is a long term political activist, permaculturalist and witch – see her website www.starhawk.org for more about her work.
Please note that the entire event will be drug and alcohol free. This is for various good reasons, which Sylvia will be happy to discuss more if anyone wants. Price for the workshops is on a sliding scale of £25 – £75 per day, but get in touch if you can’t afford that, no-one will be turned away for lack of money. Please get in touch to book, or if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07752 660177.
Posted: July 25th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
This movement is for cultural and spiritual sustenance, as well as for land and resources – full hearts as well as stomachs. Collective well-being should never have a limit.
Emotions were high in the run-up to Carnival. On the final day of preparations, whilst finishing off some of the final touches, Grow Heathrow was served a notice of eviction for the 15th August, 8:00am. First reactions were of stress, urgency and upset as the news slowly sunk in.
Carnival: a letting-off of steam, a temporary subversion of hierarchical relations, privileges, rules and taboos. “Like a flash of lightning, these moments illuminate a different world, a world created perhaps for a few short hours, but the impression which remains on our brain and in our senses is that of an image of the world we can (and did) create.”1.
The yurt was up, a space of care and love; massage and yoga workshops on throughout the day.
Healthy bike-powered smoothies were served up. Plants were happily given away. Kids got stuck into arts and crafts using recycled materials.
On the stage, Shop Floor Sessions, Al the Owl, Louise Loud Speaker, Sarah Bear, As One (Ian) and Antarma brought us all together in sing-along and dance. “Life is Amazing!”
Politics run deep on Carnival day. None of the events could take place without the largely voluntary work and enthusiasm of the town.
A big thanks to Phoenix for compering, Letizia for a cake to remember, Brenda for costumes, James Clarke for the marquee and Hillingdon Friends of the Earth for their presence.
Grow Heathrow: a triumph over private property, over hierarchy and privilege. A daring and experimental gamble, its first occupiers couldn’t have envisaged the many joyful years to come. Despite being given an ultimatum of sorts from the owners of the land, there is confidence this won’t be Grow Heathrow’s last involvement in Hayes Carnival.
Come and dance with bailiffs on August 15th, 8:00am. Arrive on 14th August for talks and workshops on how to peacefully resist our home and other homes threatened by Heathrow’s expansion.
1) HOLLOWAY, J. 2010. Crack Capitalism. London: Pluto Press.
Posted: May 6th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
We have launched a new role at Grow Heathrow.
The ‘host role’ runs 3 days a week (Fridays, Saturdays 10-6pm and Sundays 2-6pm)
This is to ensure that all visitors are welcomed and tours / tea are available.
Get in touch to find out more about Grow Heathrow hosting, or to be in the pool of Grow Heathrow hosts – email@example.com
Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Thanks for all your help!
On Saturday 26th April, a team of volunteers made up of local residents, Hillingdon Play Association and Hillingdon Community Trust took up spades and trowels in a group effort to green Hayes Austin Estate. Austin Road Estate is a large area of housing made up of high rise flats looming over concreted playgrounds and 18 neglected raised beds. Hillingdon Play Association had been working with the community through group activities, and Grow Heathrow residents joined them and residents to beautify the raised beds together.
Starting at 9.30am, armed with trowels and compost and fueled on cups of hot chocolate and sandwiches we began preparing the beds, clearing away rubbish and weeds and pruning back overgrown shrubs. A planting plan to include shade tolerant, low maintenance perennials was put together, and local children were enthusiastically digging holes for a mixture of fragrant herbs, shrubs and flowers. We were also joined by a few volunteers from People and Planet who sped us to the finish line. Resident volunteers have taken over looking after each section of raised beds outside their flat, ensuring they’ll be watered and weeded.
Grow Heathrow and Hillingdon Play Association will be organising a follow up greening day in September where we’ll be doing some winter planting and maintaining the beds. Watch this space if you’d like to get involved!
Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: lundy | Filed under: Cool Projects, Growing Group, Uncategorized | No Comments »
If you’d like to get involved in helping your local community bloom and beautify, grab your trowels because now is your chance. On Saturday the 26th April at 9.30am, we’ll be joining volunteers and locals on Austin Estate to re-vamp their neglected raised beds and add a splash of colour to the estate.
We’ll be pruning and clearing up the beds, re-conditioning the soil, and then planting a mixture of woodland perennial shrubs and herbs. We’ll also be skill sharing on shade tolerant, low maintenance perennials for easy gardening.
There will be food and drinks provided for green fingered volunteers.
Any age or skill level is welcome and there will be lots to learn and do. Please bring tools such as secateurs and gloves if you have them. We need your help to make it happen!
We’ll be starting at 9.30am and working throughout the day, so feel free to drop in for all or just a bit of it and help us green the Austin Estate. For more information please contact info(at)transitionheathrow.com or call 07890751568