Posted: August 28th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Events | Tags: community, Festival, food, growing | 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!
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!
Posted: August 18th, 2015 | Author: Ian | Filed under: Action | Tags: direct action, Plane Stupid, protest, resistance | 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!!!
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
Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Action, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Foraging, Uncategorized | No Comments »
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.
Posted: August 9th, 2015 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events | Tags: airport expansion | No Comments »
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.
Posted: August 5th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »
Lewdown Holdings have submitted a planning application for the Sipson Garden Centre site, the land where a large portion of the community project Grow Heathrow is located. Hillingdon Council’s planning department will be accepting comments on the application from the public until August 6th (TOMORROW!).
The link to the application on the council’s website is here:
Please write to the council why you think this over-development of Green Belt land is a bad idea: Click on the link above and then click on the ‘enter comment’ button
Quick! Only 24 hours to make a comment. Below are some suggested reasons you could use in your statement:
Habitat and health
· The area is designated Green belt land
Green belt land is intended to prevent sprawl of up built areas, to prevent neighbouring towns from merging into each other, to safeguard countryside form encroachment, preserve the special character of historic towns, to assist regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict land).
· The planning application shows no intention of maintaining the land for agricultural use.
· The 52 housing units will be too close to the motorway. Pollution in this area is already twice the EU limit for contaminated air leading to an increase occurrence of respiratory diseases.
· More housing will lead to increased emissions such as traffic congestions in this pollution saturated area.
· The land proposed for development is home to a variety of habitat, providing homes for an array of flora and fauna. The Ecology Report presented by Lewdown Holdings emits any inclusion of the most densely biodiverse areas of the land, with almost a third of the land survey simply labelled ‘no service access’ (Ecology Report 2015: 8, Figure 2.1: Reptile refugia locations). The proposed green area and allotments in in the current plan will not compensate for the loss of habitat and species, especially in the areas that have not been surveyed.
· Biodiversity offsets carbon and local air pollution, and saves species from losing their natural habitat.
There is no indication that the housing would be built from sustainable materials.
Mental well-being has been shown to be adversely affected by an erosion of green spaces and community facilities (Guite, Clark, Ackrill, 2006). The reports provided by Lewdown Holdings do not compensate for the huge loss of local green space which the land is currently used for.
Local community groups, a combined effort by Neighbourhood Plan Forum and HASRA aim to purchase the land as an Asset of Community Value in order to offset the aforementioned health and habitat damages that would be caused by developing this green belt land.
· Sipson already has a multitude of unused or short hold lease houses, areas with too many empty homes lead to poor social cohesion and related issues. An aim of Green Belt land is to protect historic character of towns; Sipson and the surrounding villages work towards preserving this character, which would be undermined by new houses being built upon traditional orchard land.
The project using this land has not only dramatically improved this derelict site but it has lifted the morale of the whole local community in the campaign against the third runway; it is integral in planning a sustainable future for our area. This development would undo what’s been achieved to help reverse the trend of blight in the Heathrow villages.
“Grow Heathrow is about a living, sustainable, community based future. We should be enabling projects like this not closing them down. Growing food, cooking it and eating together is the glue that has held societies together – we need a lot more of it, not less.”
John McDonnell, MP
· Considering the airport expansion plans, it would be completely unethical to put new homes so close to the runway (air pollution, noise pollution, lack of access, road congestion)
Infrastructure and economics
· In the event of airport expansion, local schools such as Heathrow Primary will be wiped off the map and other schools will be over-subscribed by displaced local children. The possibility of families moving into these new 52 housing units and their needs not being met has not been considered.
The planning application hasn’t taken into account the higher numbers of driver produced by 52 housing units. Roads in the surrounding area are already congested with taxi drivers, airport workers as well as local residents.The planned affordable housing and the adjacent open market housing especially do not provide adequate parking. This has not been adequately addressed in the Travel Planning Report (Bacon, Coleman and Blacker, 2015)
· Planning for pedestrian access is unrealistic with only three access points.
· The proposed housing is not sustainable; relying on imported materials and fossil fuels.
· Airport expansion might lead to this new housing being destroyed or becoming uninhabitable due to noise and pollution. This would be a waste of time and resources.
Bacon, Coleman and Blacker, 2015. Sipson Garden Centre Travel Plan WSP UK Limited, Mountbatten House
Guite, H.F., Clark, C, Ackrill, G. 2006. The impact of the physical and urban environment on mental well-being. Public Health, 120, 1117-1126.
Phase 2 Ecology Report:2015 “http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/showDocuments?reference=67666/APP/2015/2413&module=pl
Posted: July 28th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Future City Zines with OOMK
A zine drop-in workshop with OOMK at Grow Heathrow. Participants will be invited to use various templates and collage materials to create their own future city zines to take away. Participants will be able to explore the Grow Heathrow site to draw inspiration from it as well as sifting through a collection of zines and emphera brought along by OOMK.
Suggested donation – £2
OOMK is a highly visual, handcrafted small-press publication. Printed biannually its content pivots upon the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women. Each issue centres around different creative theme, with more general content exploring topics of faith, activism and identity. Studio OOMK is a design studio that specialises in bespoke booklet design, project documentation, exhibition design and live illustration. The studio is run by Sofia Niazi (illustrator and educator), Heiba Lamara (researcher) and Rose Nordin (graphic designer). Previous clients include the Museum of London, Southbank Centre, 3FF and the Migration Museum.
By public transport from Central London: Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington. From West Drayton station take the 222 bus towards Hounslow and get off at the Harmondsworth Lane stop, next to the King William pub. The stop before is The Plough and the stops afterwards are Sipson Close and Sipson Way. Grow Heathrow is 50 metres from the bus stop: continue in the same direction, take the next left into Sipson Lane, and left again passing the Church. You will see the banners on the gates to our site on Vineries Close, next to the Cooperative nursery.
Alternatively, travel on the Piccadilly Line to Hounslow West and then take the 222 toward Uxbridge and get off at Sipson Close. Grow Heathrow is a minutes walk away from the bus stop, continuing in the same direction. The entrance to our site is on Vineries Close, next to the Cooperative nursery, and can be found after turning right onto Sipson Lane.
By bike from West Drayton: A well-marked cycle path runs south from West Drayton station: after turning left out of the station, continue straight ahead on Station Road, which becomes Sipson Road, all the way. You go through a motorway underpass and through Sipson village, where you’ll see the King William pub on your right that we’re near to. Bikes can be taken on all trains between Paddington and West Drayton and they tend to be fine about people taking bikes on during peak hours. It’s possible to cycle between Hayes/West Drayton and central London in under 2 hours following the route of the Grand Union Canal.
Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Fellow singers, dancers, mortal beings and purveyors of the arts. Tomorrow evening will be Grow Heathrow’s second Open Mic Night, Cèilidh dancing session and spiritual conflux.
To get started we will gather round the table and enjoy five, fine courses of fine vegan cuisine at 7pm.
A tour of the site will commence after dinner, ending in a fireside gathering.
The Open Mic will begin at approximately 9 o clock.
Scheduled performers include:
The Goat King
And many, many more.
People are welcome to stay over and sleep in our newly constructed guest inn.
Disclaimer: This will not end in a rave.
Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: legal | 1 Comment »
At 10:00 this morning the land owner plus 5/6 bailiffs arrived to evict the residents of Grow Heathrow, threatening to break entry. Residents locked themselves to structures and climbed to higher ground. The police arrived, explaining to the bailiffs they were woefully unequipped to enforce an eviction. Indeed they were. Moreover, Inspector David George from the Heathrow Villages Area Police confirmed to us that as no official documentation regarding a warrant for the eviction was presented to Grow Heathrow or the police, the attempt to evict the site was unlawful.
This success has proved to be useful practise for our call-out response, with many locals and individuals in the Grow Heathrow family arriving this morning.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME DOWN!
If you’d like to be added to the eviction call-out phone tree, email us at email@example.com with your phone number, or text us on 07706602284.
HAYES CARNIVAL HERE WE COME!
We are still, as always, trying to buy our community garden’s land instead of having bailiffs at our home.
The Airports Commission found that at least 783 homes would need to be evicted and bulldozed under Heathrow’s plans for a third runway, and obviously more for a fourth runway. However, houses next to the runway would be unliveable due to noise and possibly air pollution. Final blueprints may include more homes. Grow Heathrow has been teaching local residents how to peacefully resist eviction, as a third runway could emit 11.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – more than the whole of Kenya. It is no surprise that people are refusing to be evicted to make way for climate crimes, when scientists warn that such airport expansion is incompatible with the government’s legally binding obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008 to cut carbon by 80% by 2050.
Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: legal | No Comments »
EMERGENCY: Grow Heathrow Under Eviction. We need people here ASAP. Spread the word to all. Postcode UB7 0JH
(10:00 – 8TH JULY)
PEOPLE LOCKED ON
Posted: July 7th, 2015 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: food, wild food, workshops | No Comments »
Along with steamed hogweed buds (and blackberries), the other favourite foraged edible at Grow Heathrow is elderberry vinegar. Come on Saturday 5 September from 1 till 5 and join us.
As always, we’ll big you up and thank you loads for any/as many clean empty jars as you can bring :). So – elderberries. This widespread, delicious wild food has been one of Britain’s best loved hedgerow treasures for centuries, brewed into a unique smooth, rich and port-like wine with a flavour unmatched by anything on supermarket shelves (see recipe). The tree (sambucus nigra) is easy to identify if you’ve smelled the sweet elderflowers around May and June; they turn into drooping clusters of shiny purplish-black elderberries hanging down from purple stems from mid August till October.
Its best kept secret is definitely elderberry balsamic vinegar. This is fun, quick to make and leaves you with a result that transforms cheap vinegar into posh balsamic: a bit like Jesus turning water into wine, but more directly useful for climbing the greasy pole of Britain’s entrenched system of class hierarchy.
Strip the berries from the stems using your hands or a fork; compost the stems. Take a litre of British cider vinegar (ie, the perfect amount for a small portion of chips) and add a kilo of elderberries. Chuck them together in a covered stainless steel, glass or enamelled container for a week. Then strain, put the liquid on the hob, let it simmer for ten minutes and bottle. Now order a small portion of chips to go with your litre of vinegar and enjoy. Congratulations: the balsamic vinegar in front of you means you’re going up in the world!
Living in broken rotting greenhouses has its perks. What plant books flatteringly call ‘wasteland species’ may not have the looks but as we like to say here, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And autumn is coming up, with our Garden of Eden maze of elderberries and blackberries.
You can also check out the Urban Harvest info on eating elderberries.