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4 Years and Counting

Posted: March 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Credits to Community Food Growers Network for this report and photoscrowd kidsonlogs Grow Heathrow, the squatted community garden by Heathrow airport, celebrated it’s 4th Birthday on Saturday the 1st of March. People came from Bristol, Cambridge and France to kick off the celebrations with ‘Three Acres and a Cow’ on the Friday evening- a people’s history of Britain through folk songs, stories and poems connecting The Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with the 80′s road protests and Occupy via the enclosures and Highland Clearances. Over 50 folk sat down for a hot skipped meal to watch the show which included performances from ‘Crazy Dvine’, Mark Brown, storyteller Nick Hunt, and Keely Mills who is Poet Laurette for Peterborough. Saturday morning arrived and saw 150 people pass through the gates for site tours, cob-oven pizzas, seed sowing and sunshine. The highlight of the day was definitely the Cake competition which saw the site turn into a kind of amphitheater arena with the audience finding viewing points on piles of logs, the cabin and whatever else they could find! Cakes were followed by some top speeches from local campaigner Tracey, John McDonnell MP, Grow Heathrower Sam and supporters of the project. As the blight of the Heathrow Third Runway still threatens the village of Sipson, and the Con-Dem government continues its mania of austerity cuts, it was once again inspiring to see Grow Heathrow thriving- putting politics into practice and building community power in the face of economic, ecological and democratic crises. To find out more about Grow Heathrow visit www.transitionheathrow.com And to learnt about storyteller Nick Hunt’s new book ‘Walking the Woods and the Water’ see  http://nickhuntscrutiny.com/ Music from 3 Acres and a Cow at https://soundcloud.com/crazydivine Credits to Community Food Growers Network for blog and photos

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Happy third birthday, Grow Heathrow!

Posted: March 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »
Photo credit: Jon Goldberg, jongoldberg.co.uk

Photo credit: Jon Goldberg

At the beginning of March, Grow Heathrow turned three years old. In our biggest event yet, we opened the gates to well over 100 people for a day packed full of amazing activities!

The day began with site tours and loads of exciting ways to get messy: everyone got their hands dirty sowing seeds and then making plant pots (using our very own clay!); children had their faces painted as superheroes and butterflies; and visitors created their own pizzas that were baked in our homemade clay oven!

Amongst all this, to cheers and to tunes from some wonderful musicians – and with lots of helping hands – our second wind turbine was erected! Then the sun came out for a mind-boggling magic show and mouth-watering cake competition. The prize went to Brenda with her masterpiece made using homegrown beetroot and jam from berries foraged in the village! Shout out to the raw food cake, with layers of red, gold and green, too!

Local residents and members of Transition Heathrow also had the chance to speak about the importance of the site for the community in its struggle against airport expansion. As the sun set over the greenhouses, we sat down to a delicious curry by the fire and then partied the night away to a pedal-powered sound system in our self-build straw bale house!

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With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start growing food, getting crafty and sharing skills. Check the main page on our website for all the latest info on foraging Mondays, the growing club, CRAFTernoons, our bike workshop, a renewable energy skillshare, the growing celebration, straw bale building extravaganza and chicken home work week, plus other festivities.

But, with all this activity, we need to invest in compost and tools and paintbrushes! As we’re running short on funds, we’d love to receive donations! You can give us money right here.

Mostly, we just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped make the day so special!