Posted: October 2nd, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
The Alternative Press team are building and celebrating the last and final phase of A Room of One’s Own (AROOO) at Grow Heathrow Saturday 17th October! Come and join us for a live build, zine workshops, walks, yoga, music, open mic, and a bonfire party at sunset!
The itinerary for the day;
11am to 2pm – AROOO gets built!
2-3pm – Lunch!
3-6pm – Walks, workshops, yoga, meditation, open mic, music, drawing on AROOO…
Sunset + BONFIRE PARTY! poetry readings, potential sleepover
Feel free to bring food and drink! And donations kindly welcome!
It only makes sense that a sculpture aimed to raise awareness on the need for safe and inclusive space ends up at Grow Heathrow, where the community will continue to use it not only as an additional greenhouse, but a space to represent and champion the cause of the local community.
Join us for our day long celebration and party.
And get to meet the lovely residents at Grow Heathrow!
Love all round
Posted: September 29th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Perhaps on one of the last sunny days of the summer a Hounslow based gardening group visited Grow Heathrow to join in with creative gardening workshops.
Together we gathered herbs to make herbal teas, learning about the health benefits of the different plants that grow wild (and even sometimes as weeds in your garden!) Thus the morning started with enjoying cups of tea and absorbing the essence of healing herbs in Grow Heathrow’s meadow.
Before the group had arrived, volunteers from Grow Heathrow explored the site finding edible flowers and filling a treasure chest with calendula, rose petals, chive flowers, borage, mallow and many more ready for the main session of the morning: edible flower mandala making.
In our straw-bale house, everyone got together with plates to make edible flower mandalas upon. It’s surprising how many different flowers are good to eat, together we talked about the flowers, how lovely they were and started to make patterns on the plate. By the end each mandala had a different characteristic reflecting the artistic flair of the gardeners. Now, for the best bit: eating the mandala! By design, mandalas are never built to last, instead the fleeting beauty reminds us of the impermanence of things; by focusing on the flowers whilst creating the mandalas, and then erasing the patterns by eating them we are also experiencing the bloom and wilt cycle that leads to the flowers making seeds.
We hope at Grow Heathrow, the Hounslow Gardening Group received seeds of inspiration to see flowers are more than ornaments and weeds are more useful than just a nuisance! Everything that grows has a use.
Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Uncategorized | No Comments »
Saturday 5th September from 1pm – 5pm
The Elderberry (sambucus nigra) has long been treasured for its anti-viral properties. It ripens towards the end of summer in good time for the cold wet months ahead. This workshop will focus on Winter immunity, discovering herbs that can be harvested and preserved for the coming months, the elderberry medicines you’ll make will help keep you flu free all winter..
Workshop will include:
Herbal tea tasting and discussion – meeting our medicinal friends face-to-face.
An informative herb walk around site, with highlight at the apothecary, focusing on immunity and Winter preparations.
Practical medicine making – Elderberry immune tonic and Elderberry balsamic vinegar – lets get juicy!
Ritual journeying with a herb.
What you need to bring:
Jam Jars (at least 2)
Notebook and pen
Secateurs or penknife
Basket or the like
Meet 1pm at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson. UB7 0JH
This is a free workshop but donations to site are welcome.
Posted: August 5th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »
Lewdown Holdings have submitted a planning application for the Sipson Garden Centre site, the land where a large portion of the community project Grow Heathrow is located. Hillingdon Council’s planning department will be accepting comments on the application from the public until August 6th (TOMORROW!).
The link to the application on the council’s website is here:
Please write to the council why you think this over-development of Green Belt land is a bad idea: Click on the link above and then click on the ‘enter comment’ button
Quick! Only 24 hours to make a comment. Below are some suggested reasons you could use in your statement:
Habitat and health
· The area is designated Green belt land
Green belt land is intended to prevent sprawl of up built areas, to prevent neighbouring towns from merging into each other, to safeguard countryside form encroachment, preserve the special character of historic towns, to assist regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict land).
· The planning application shows no intention of maintaining the land for agricultural use.
· The 52 housing units will be too close to the motorway. Pollution in this area is already twice the EU limit for contaminated air leading to an increase occurrence of respiratory diseases.
· More housing will lead to increased emissions such as traffic congestions in this pollution saturated area.
· The land proposed for development is home to a variety of habitat, providing homes for an array of flora and fauna. The Ecology Report presented by Lewdown Holdings emits any inclusion of the most densely biodiverse areas of the land, with almost a third of the land survey simply labelled ‘no service access’ (Ecology Report 2015: 8, Figure 2.1: Reptile refugia locations). The proposed green area and allotments in in the current plan will not compensate for the loss of habitat and species, especially in the areas that have not been surveyed.
· Biodiversity offsets carbon and local air pollution, and saves species from losing their natural habitat.
There is no indication that the housing would be built from sustainable materials.
Mental well-being has been shown to be adversely affected by an erosion of green spaces and community facilities (Guite, Clark, Ackrill, 2006). The reports provided by Lewdown Holdings do not compensate for the huge loss of local green space which the land is currently used for.
Local community groups, a combined effort by Neighbourhood Plan Forum and HASRA aim to purchase the land as an Asset of Community Value in order to offset the aforementioned health and habitat damages that would be caused by developing this green belt land.
· Sipson already has a multitude of unused or short hold lease houses, areas with too many empty homes lead to poor social cohesion and related issues. An aim of Green Belt land is to protect historic character of towns; Sipson and the surrounding villages work towards preserving this character, which would be undermined by new houses being built upon traditional orchard land.
The project using this land has not only dramatically improved this derelict site but it has lifted the morale of the whole local community in the campaign against the third runway; it is integral in planning a sustainable future for our area. This development would undo what’s been achieved to help reverse the trend of blight in the Heathrow villages.
“Grow Heathrow is about a living, sustainable, community based future. We should be enabling projects like this not closing them down. Growing food, cooking it and eating together is the glue that has held societies together – we need a lot more of it, not less.”
John McDonnell, MP
· Considering the airport expansion plans, it would be completely unethical to put new homes so close to the runway (air pollution, noise pollution, lack of access, road congestion)
Infrastructure and economics
· In the event of airport expansion, local schools such as Heathrow Primary will be wiped off the map and other schools will be over-subscribed by displaced local children. The possibility of families moving into these new 52 housing units and their needs not being met has not been considered.
The planning application hasn’t taken into account the higher numbers of driver produced by 52 housing units. Roads in the surrounding area are already congested with taxi drivers, airport workers as well as local residents.The planned affordable housing and the adjacent open market housing especially do not provide adequate parking. This has not been adequately addressed in the Travel Planning Report (Bacon, Coleman and Blacker, 2015)
· Planning for pedestrian access is unrealistic with only three access points.
· The proposed housing is not sustainable; relying on imported materials and fossil fuels.
· Airport expansion might lead to this new housing being destroyed or becoming uninhabitable due to noise and pollution. This would be a waste of time and resources.
Bacon, Coleman and Blacker, 2015. Sipson Garden Centre Travel Plan WSP UK Limited, Mountbatten House
Guite, H.F., Clark, C, Ackrill, G. 2006. The impact of the physical and urban environment on mental well-being. Public Health, 120, 1117-1126.
Phase 2 Ecology Report:2015 “http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/showDocuments?reference=67666/APP/2015/2413&module=pl
Posted: July 28th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Future City Zines with OOMK
A zine drop-in workshop with OOMK at Grow Heathrow. Participants will be invited to use various templates and collage materials to create their own future city zines to take away. Participants will be able to explore the Grow Heathrow site to draw inspiration from it as well as sifting through a collection of zines and emphera brought along by OOMK.
Suggested donation – £2
OOMK is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication. Printed biannually its content pivots upon the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women. Each issue centres around different creative theme, with more general content exploring topics of faith, activism and identity. Studio OOMK is a design studio that specialises in bespoke booklet design, project documentation, exhibition design and live illustration. The studio is run by Sofia Niazi (illustrator and educator), Heiba Lamara (researcher) and Rose Nordin (graphic designer). Previous clients include the Museum of London, Southbank Centre, 3FF and the Migration Museum.
By public transport from Central London: Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington. From West Drayton station take the 222 bus towards Hounslow and get off at the Harmondsworth Lane stop, next to the King William pub. The stop before is The Plough and the stops afterwards are Sipson Close and Sipson Way. Grow Heathrow is 50 metres from the bus stop: continue in the same direction, take the next left into Sipson Lane, and left again passing the Church. You will see the banners on the gates to our site on Vineries Close, next to the Cooperative nursery.
Alternatively, travel on the Piccadilly Line to Hounslow West and then take the 222 toward Uxbridge and get off at Sipson Close. Grow Heathrow is a minutes walk away from the bus stop, continuing in the same direction. The entrance to our site is on Vineries Close, next to the Cooperative nursery, and can be found after turning right onto Sipson Lane.
By bike from West Drayton: A well-marked cycle path runs south from West Drayton station: after turning left out of the station, continue straight ahead on Station Road, which becomes Sipson Road, all the way. You go through a motorway underpass and through Sipson village, where you’ll see the King William pub on your right that we’re near to. Bikes can be taken on all trains between Paddington and West Drayton and they tend to be fine about people taking bikes on during peak hours. It’s possible to cycle between Hayes/West Drayton and central London in under 2 hours following the route of the Grand Union Canal.
Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Spring is here so we’re putting together a season of workshops and events at Grow Heathrow and we’d love it if you were involved.
Do you have a skill you can offer? Would you like to run an event at Grow Heathrow?
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 April and May.
If you would like to contribute to furthering the aims of Transition Heathrow, or know someone else that might, then please email us with a proposal of what, when and how, by Sunday 29th March to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or give us a ring on 07706602284.
Education for the Future.