Get involved in 2014
** Grow Heathrow is currently recruiting – read more here **
Grow Heathrow is a free community space, open every day, 10am – 6pm (Sundays 2-6pm) and you can visit, learn new skills and help make positive things happen.
If you’re planning to arrive outside these hours and/or would like to stay, let us know first. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure the kettle is on for you.
What are the best days to come? Thursdays to Sundays each week are ‘hosted’, so these days are best if you’re just coming for a day. That means there will be someone available to give you a cup of tea, a tour and help find you a job (if you want one). If you are staying for longer it is also best to arrive on these days, so you can get an induction.
Grow Heathrow is open every day and you are of course welcome on any day. There may be jobs to get involved with and someone to host you Monday to Wednesday but we just can’t promise it.
If you are interested in coming for a particular activity / event, see the events page for what’s on when.
Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG. Check out our travel tips on how to get to us.
What we’re about
On March 1st 2010 Transition Heathrow members swooped on an abandoned market garden site in Sipson; one of the villages to be completely tarmaced to make way for a third runway at Heathrow.
30 tonnes of rubbish were cleared and over two years later the site has been transformed from a derelict mess into a beacon of community strength and a great example of how to live sustainably on this planet.
The land had previously been problematic for the local community and was often a site of anti-social behaviour before it was virtually abandoned. Traditional Transition Towns often have a strong emphasis on growing your own food, so we decided to incorporate that with a squatted community space where people could come together, and spend time as a community.
The project aims to 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.
The site is a hub for local residents and environmental activists to share knowledge and practical skills such as organic gardening, permaculture design, bicycle maintenance and wood and metal work. Over the past three years the site has played host to a wide range of political gatherings for groups such as: UK Uncut, Climate Camp, Reclaim the Fields, The Transition Network, People&Planet, No Tar Sands Network, The Kick Nuclear Campaign, PEDAL, Palestine Place, Cuts Cafe and many more.
We are also now well on our way to a position of self-reliance. We produce our own food, use solar and wind power meaning we’re completely off grid, we collect water from the greenhouse roofs to feed the plants, fruit and vegetables, we use fuel-efficient rocket stoves to heat water and are equipped with wonderful compost toilets making humanure.
Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JH. Check out out our travel tips to get to us.