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CALLING ALL CREATIVES

Posted: October 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

 

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Harts Residency – A process of Unlearning

You are invited to take part in a creative and nourishing residential experience at community project Grow Heathrow.

Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd of November ** RSVP by Monday 26th October **

What will be involved: Collective living, sharing skills, space to develop personal work, collaborative creativity, inner reflection, long term sustainability, nature, supporting the Grow Heathrow community and surrounding Heathrow villages. The residency will include some workshops, (eg. Permaculture, using art to create social change) morning and evening sessions to share, reflect and develop ideas, a final project in the wider community and space for people to shape the structure themselves.

Food, sleeping space, facilities, workshop space and materials will be provided. There will also be regular integrated but optional wellbeing sessions such as yoga, meditation and massage. Participants will be involved in the tasks that make daily living at Grow Heathrow possible.

From visual art or performance, to social sculpture, or learning the deep art of making perfect compost from our poo, any range of artistic practice is welcomed, as long as it is aligned to the aims of the project.

Participants are asked to make a contribution to help make all of this possible. Suggested donation £20 to £40 for the 10 days but you are invited to pay less or more, depending on what you can afford. Where will the residency be held: The residency will be based at Grow Heathrow, a squatted land project, run off-grid from renewable energy with activities such as food growing, bike mechanics and inner wellbeing.

Grow Heathrow is set up in support of local community, which is heavily impacted by the airport and the threat of its expansion. Participants will sleep in a communal guest cabin, there is also an option of bringing a tent if you prefer.

Although the residency will be based at Grow Heathrow, partiicpants are encouraged to develop ideas that also connect with the wider village and community. When will the residency be held: The residency will last 10 days (13th-22nd Nov) and participants are invited to come for the duration.

If you cannot come for this long, you are welcome to join from Friday 19th to Sunday 22nd November for the final community based project.

If you are interested, RSVP by phone or email, and include an explanation about what you think this experience can bring for you and what you can offer the rest of the group, Grow Heathrow and the wider Heathrow villages, (no longer than half an a4 page). Please express interest by Monday 26th October

communityharts@gmail.com 07512320856 transitionheathrow.com communityharts.com


AROOO @ Grow Heathrow PARTY!

Posted: October 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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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

Team AP!
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http://www.transitionheathrow.com/grow-heathrow/


Wellness Gardening at Grow Heathrow

Posted: September 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging, Growing Group | Tags: , , , , , | 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.

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Mandala

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.

 

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Grow Heathrow lives to fight another day . . . again!

Posted: September 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Grow Heathrow, who have occupied land in the Heathrow villages since 2010, were given a stay of execution as the court was adjourned until the summer of 2016.

The Shadow Chancellor arrived at Uxbridge County Court this morning to show his continued support for the anti-third runway occupation.

Mr. McDonnell handed in a statement which read “Members of Grow Heathrow have become part of the local community, making a valuable contribution to the life of the local villages. Grow Heathrow is part of a fierce community resistance to Heathrow’s expansion that won’t go away easily for any government. I commend this group to you and hope that its members will be able to continue to remain on this site and part of our community.”

 

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

 


Demonstration: Grow Heathrow in Court

Posted: September 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Dear Friends,

We have a court case approaching. Lewdown Holdings Limited (registered in the British Virgin Islands . . . .), at their antics again, are attempting to remove us from the community project that you and we have worked together to establish for five and a half years. We are going to court to defend “the backlands”, and it is possible that an eviction notice will be served, putting the whole of Grow Heathrow under threat of immediate eviction. 

Although the land under question is designated green belt land, the owners have submitted a planning application for the Sipson Village Garden Centre site (ref 67666/APP/2015/2413) which shows no intention of maintaining the land for agricultural use.

A solidarity demonstration has been organised to show support for the defendants, gathering from 9:00 outside Uxbridge County Court on Thursday 17th September.

By public transport, ride buses 90, 195 or H98 from Hayes and Harlington station, or the 427 or 607 from Ealing Broadway. The address is: 501 Uxbridge Road, Hayes, London UB4 8HL.

A friendly cheer for those in court would be welcomed. Grow Heathrow is happily volunteering our beds and a cup of tea in the morning to anyone who may travel from further afield. We’ll be having a mass bike ride from Grow Heathrow to the court in the morning, with music, singing and dance. We’ll be leaving site around 8 am on Thursday morning.

In solidarity,

Grow Heathrow


Plant Nutrition for Fruitful Harvests – Sunday September 20th – (14:00 – 15:30)

Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Growing Group | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Nitrogen, potassium, phosphates.. why are these relevant to how plants grow? And how can gardeners make sure plants get the food they need for healthy growth and harvests?

In this workshop participants will explore nutritional needs of plants, observe nutrient deficiencies in plants, and learn methods such as soil top dressings and making comfrey liquid feeds for free.

 


Harvest Festival At Grow Heathrow – Saturday 26th September

Posted: August 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The tomatoes are ripening, the potatoes have been dug up, the cats are meowing, yes, it’s time to celebrate the harvest this Saturday with music, pumpkins and pizzas at the autumnal, autonomous community garden – Grow Heathrow!

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Throughout the day expect…

Guess the weight of the pumpkin competition, charcoal making workshop (with Bio-Char Man), renewable energy system talk and tour and yoga and meditation hosted by The Buddha in the Strawbale House.

The Clay Pizza Oven will be in full throttle, making garlic bread and pizza throughout the day

14:00 Heathrow villages Orchard with Kate Corder.

15:00 No Third Runway! Open discussion on next steps in the campaign.

16:30 Making Herbal remedies over a rocket stove (Bring your own jar!)

18:00 As ever, there will be five fine courses of fine vegan cuisine. Culinary revellers are welcome to cook their own dish at home to bring along and share.

The evening will play host to an Open Mic Night, testing out the new SOUND SYSTEM!


Support the Plane Stupid Activists in court!

Posted: August 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

If we want to tackle climate change, then we cannot expand either Heathrow or Gatwick airports! This is why we at Transition Heathrow stand in solidarity with the 13 brave activsts who occupied the runway at Heathrow.

Join us for a rally on Wednesday August 19th starting at 8:30am sharp outside Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court (nearest tube: Uxbridge, on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines) with a Photo call at 9am. Please bring banners and be prepared to make some noise!!

No Ifs! No Buts! No new Runway!!!

Background Info

Last month activists staged a peaceful direct action at Heathrow Airport – less than a fortnight after the Airports Commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. The action itself involved occupying the northern runway and erecting a tripod and fencing which the activists locked on to. A polar bear climbed onto the tripod. The action stopped some flights and saved greenhouse gas emissions.

The science tells us that deep cuts are required from existing levels of emissions to tackle climate change, but successive governments have failed to act. Direct action, therefore, is our only hope of securing a decent future for children everywhere. A new runway, and the hundreds of thousands of extra flights it would allow, would make the necessary cuts far more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. In addition, Heathrow hugely contributes to illegal levels of air and noise pollution, which have massive impacts on human health for people living near the airport.

For defending the planet and human health, the activists have been charged with aggravated trespass and being in a restricted area of the airport without permission. If you want to show them your solidarity, please attend their first court hearing on Wednesay morning, at Uxbridge Magistrates Court (nearest tube: Uxbridge, on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines).

The full address for the court is:

The Court House Harefield Road Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 1PQ


Herbal Workshop on Winter Immunity – Elderberry Power!

Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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.

 

 


No New Runways: events coming up

Posted: August 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | No Comments »

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Saturday, 12th September Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London 2pm. No New Runways: People fighting airport expansion are often branded NIMBYS by those who want more runways but the damage caused by such developments goes beyond the local areas. This event is focused on climate change. I’ve no doubt we will all learn something from this event.  Not just about the impact of aviation on climate change but also about what can be done.  Christine Taylor of SHE is scheduled to open the event with speakers including Dr Alice Bows-Larkin (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research); Keith Taylor MEP; Brendon Sewill (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign); Leo Murray (A Free Ride); Greenpeace; Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth).  Details and bookings at http://www.segreens.com/no_new_runways or go to the Facebook page: No New Runways.

Saturday, 19th September A national gathering of groups and individuals will be meeting up at Heathrow Primary School to look at ways to fight Heathrow expansion.  Wherever you live, if you are likely to be impacted by a third runway this is your chance to have a say in how the campaign moves forward. A whole range of topics will be under discussion so there should be chance to ensure your voice is heard on your biggest concerns. The official time is 10am-4.30pm but we understand the organisers are still looking at the best way to incorporate a trip into Harmondsworth, one of the villages that would be destroyed, where an open house event is taking place.  Initial details are below with more to follow.  Please circulate the news of this event widely so that as many people as possible can book a place to take part.

Saturday, 10th October (provisional date) National Rally against a Third Runway is expected to take-place in Parliament Square with big-name speakers. This is one not to be missed.  We will give you more details when we have them.