We're grassroots Heathrow residents proving that communities less dependent on oil can be more resilient, stronger and happier. We take direct action on climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy by transitioning to a post-oil, community-led future for the Heathrow villages.

GROW HEATHROW HOSTING

Posted: May 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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 – info@transitionheathrow.com


Greening Project a Success!

Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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!


Help us green Austin Estate!

Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Growing Group, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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


Local Community Music Workshop

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

COMMUNITY MUSIC WORKSHOP

Every 2nd& 4th Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm to 9pm

Our first Workshop is on Tues 11th March at 7.30pm

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Venue: St Peter & St Paul’s Church Hall, St Peter’s Way, Harlington

Come along and learn to sing as part of our new community choir and play various percussion instruments. You will also have the opportunity to learn the piano, keyboard, flute, guitar & ukulele.

        People of all ages are welcome – we promise lots of fun!

For more details please call 07900 340 556


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


Upcoming events at Cranford Park

Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Message from Cranford Park:

Book now for one of the highlights of our year, the HALLOWE’EN SPOOKY SPECTACULAR on Thursday 31 October at Cranford Countryside Park. As this is a popular (and free) event, booking is essential (see below or poster attached for details).Join a group of actors for a ghostly walk around the park. There are three ‘showings’, one for children and two for adults – please specify which when you book.

3.30pm: For accompanied children. Make Hallowe’en lanterns followed by a spooky talk and ghostly walk at 5pm.

7pm & 8pm: For adults. Ghostly walk and terrifying talk for adults.

How to book: Booking is essential, please do NOT reply to this email but reserve spaces with Countryside & Conservation Officer Alison Shipley. Email: ashipley@hillingdon.gov.uk or tel. 01895 250647.

Plus…

HEALTHY WALK. Thursday 17 October 11am. A brisk 2-3 mile walk around the park in good company. No need to book.

AUTUMN COLOURS WALK. Saturday 9 November, 11am. Guided walk around the park enjoying the beautiful autumn colours in good company. No need to book.

Advance notice: Cranford Park Friends AGM - Thursday 21 November, 7.30pm Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way off Cranford Drive, Harlington UB3 4LW. All welcome.

For all events except the AGM please meet at Information Centre, Cranford Park, The Parkway (A312) Harlington/Hounslow, TW5 9RZ

Thank you all VOLUNTEERS who have been busy around the park, especially the Woods, in the Secret Garden and clearing ivy from the Ha-Ha wall, an 18th century historic feature near the Information Centre. To see photos of this and the park’s amazing variety of wildlife – including kingfishers, owls and weasels – read member Wendy Marks’ fascinating October blog here:

http://winowendyswildlifeworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Calling all CYCLISTS and JAZZ MUSICIANS. A group interested in doing easy, level and (mainly) traffic-free cycling around Cranford Park, Minet Park, Heathrow Villages and West Drayton areas is being started. It will go at the pace of the slowest rider. We are also looking for trad jazz musicians/ skiffle players who might like to help stage an event next year remembering Ken Colyer’s Crane River Jazz Band which began around Cranford Park in the 1950s. For either of these please reply to this email.

We hope to see you in the park again soon.


Foraging excursion

Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Join Grow Heathrow on a foraging excursion in Hyde Park!

Meet at Hyde Park Corner tube // Sat 12 Oct // 4pm


Work and play weekend this weekend

Posted: September 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Work and play weekend this weekend. Work AND play  - come on you know you want to! It’s meant to be sunny right?

We’re starting on Thursday and finishing on Monday, would be great to see you down here.


Newsletter Issue #5

Posted: March 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

This Thursday, Grow Heathrow was left virtually empty as everyone got out and about in the Heathrow villages, delivering our newly pressed Newsletter Number 5. Around ten of us delivered nearly 2000 newsletters to residents in Sipson, Harmondsworth and Harlington.

Inside this issue: Tar Sands, Birthdays, Court Dates and more…

A PDF copy of the newsletter can be downloaded here.


Communities in crisis

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The riots over the summer put things into perspective and highlighted the need for community spaces. For me, the riots served as a very harsh reminder of the lack of tight-knit community in our country.

It was sad to see those cases where looting and rioting spread to local community shops, because of the realisation that those involved didn’t feel they were attacking their own community. This is important because it means they don’t share any ownership or have any relationship to their local community in the first place. This surely needs to be addressed before putting lots of people in prison.

In Leeds one day this summer, a group of people gathered to discuss the theme of ‘Communities in Crisis’. The aim was to explore from a variety of perspectives and contexts how and why communities develop qualities of self-reliance, resilience and empowerment in times of crisis. The discussions formed part of a research project led by Paul Chatterton, a lecturer at Leeds University who runs an MA in Activism and Social Change, which is attempting to understand contemporary communities within the dynamics of crisis.

It is now widely accepted that we are currently facing a time of converging crises – a climate crisis, peak oil, and an ever deepening financial crisis. The ‘Communities in crisis’ project defines crisis as “a crucial or decisive point or situation, a moment of ‘creative destruction’ where the dismantling of old infrastructures creates a space for social innovation.” The present moment in UK society, characterised by austerity cuts following a major crisis of capitalism, is creating crises for many communities. However, although lots of people are struggling and being hit hard it’s not all doom and gloom. These moments of “creative destruction” give opportunities for people to discover new ways of being and new ways of claiming power over their everyday lives. Many communities are starting to do this – according to the ‘Communities in Crisis’ research project – “seeking out of necessity or intent, new coping mechanisms based on greater resilience, self-help and participation.”

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The Occupy movement which continues to grow both globally and in the UK after the occupation of an old disused bank, are leading the way by opening the space for important discussions that need to take place. But what happens when these moments of convergence end? What steps do we take next when we go back to our own communities? This is something which the Climate Camp movement failed to work out and this is where in my opinion long term and sustainable community organising is a necessity.

Starting up a Transition Town has got to be one solution but there are others too. Squatting in the middle of a housing crisis makes sense when there are over 700,000 properties lying empty across the UK. Social centres, info-shops, community gardens – anything which offers an alternative space for communities to gather in times of crises is going to be useful heading into the future. These spaces also build excitement – an excitement that shows we can organise differently.

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On a very basic level this is one of the things we are trying to do with Transition Heathrow. Grow Heathrow – a squatted community garden space, is at its heart a community experiment in action. Everything that happens at Grow Heathrow is an experiment and we are always trying and learning new ways of doing things and new ways of relating to each other. We might not get it right all the time but what is most exciting is the creation of new ways of organising.

Our participation in a ‘Fireworks and Fun Day’ event recently, organised in one of the local Heathrow Villages, may at first appear unrelated to our goal of “building resilient Heathrow communities, capable of collectively coping with the injustices and threats of climate change and peak oil”. However this would be to miss the essential connectedness of our various aims. Events such as these which bring communities together couldn’t be more essential for building resilience and we had a great day with our local community hosting a conker championships and planting up bulbs on the village green. And without strong local communities, we cannot develop the grassroots solutions necessary for combating the global challenges that we face.

This blog was taken from the Transition Network website as part of their social reporting pilot project.