Posted: September 29th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Foraging, Growing Group | Tags: art, food, garden, hounslow, wellbeing, wild food | 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.
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.
Posted: September 17th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: legal | Tags: access to land, court, grow heathrow, Squatting | No Comments »
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
Posted: September 14th, 2015 | Author: Jack R | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: access to land, court, grow heathrow, resistance, Squatting | No Comments »
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.
Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Events, Growing Group | Tags: food, growing, sustainability, workshops | 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.
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.