Get involved in 2016
Grow Heathrow is a 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. Ring us on 07835012486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure the kettle is on for you.
What are the best days to come? If your coming to Grow Heathrow for the first time, Thursdays and Tuesdays are the best days to come as there will definitely be someone to host you and find your way.
(There will probably be someone to host you the rest of the week, but we just can’t promise it – The site is all about being pro-active so if your not free on these days, come on any other day, have a look around you at what you think needs doing and get stuck in!)
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 0JH. Check out our travel tips on how to get to us.
Want to get involved?
Grow Heathrow are looking for reliable, creative people that align themselves with the aims of the project. All you growers, foragers, community organisers, bike mechanics and more, get in touch if you’re interested.
Grow Heathrow is a community project as well as our home, so give us notice before you come and stay. Please send us an email or phone in beforehand. If you could write simply what you’re interested in, what your experience is, where you heard about us, and why you want to be involved with Grow Heathrow.
Anyone can stay for up to two weeks. If, after two weeks, volunteers want to stay longer, they can ask to do so at our weekly site meetings on Wednesday evening.
After a month, visitors can request to become a ‘long-term volunteer’ from 1 to 3 months. This must be with the understanding that you are expected to hold a higher level of responsibility for the project and for the wellbeing of the collective.
After one month at Grow Heathrow, following a request to be a long term volunteer, visitors are asked leave Grow Heathrow for 10 days to give both the community and the visitor a chance to reflect on their presence in the community.
The ‘long-term volunteer’ status is reviewed within 3 months on a date specified by the collective and the volunteer.
Our volunteer guidelines are a way of ensuring that everyone gets the most out of spending time onsite. There are some situations in which these guidelines may not be appropriate, and we encourage you to email us or come along for a chat to see how we can accommodate everyone’s needs.
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 tarmacked 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 previous 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.