Come and visit!
We welcome all ages, abilities and ideas and we’re open for tours and a cuppa Mondays to Saturdays from 10am til 6pm, and on Sundays from 2pm til 6pm.
If you’re planning to arrive outside these hours and/or would like to stay, let us know first. Give us a call on 07890751568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure the kettle is on for you.
Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG. Check out our travel tips on how to get to us. We’re a pet-friendly project with plenty of room for dogs to run around, so bring your dog!
Sat 1 March 2014: Fourth birthday party!
We’re breaking last year’s record of over 100 pizzas in our wood-fired clay oven, with more face painting, seed sowing, mural painting, more live music with double bass and of course the famous bike-powered sound system. Last year had 200 friends come round – this year 2000?
Wednesdays, 1 – 5pm: Bike workshop is currently not running. We are seeking volunteers (enthusiasm is more important than experience) as our mechanics aren’t available on Wednesdays to run the bike workshop at the moment – skill up on bike maintenance and repair.
Thursdays, 9.30am – dusk: DIY Thursday - the busiest day of the week with everyone on site to get big jobs done fixing, tidying and building with a brief planning meeting at 9.30am. Arrive on Wednesday night if you want to begin the day with a cup of tea in bed!
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 gathering 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.