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New weekly potluck

Posted: July 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Residents | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Everyone is welcome to our weekly Sunday potluck, beginning July 28th. Come ’round at 6:30pm, after our all-age Growing Club from 2 till 6.


Picnic and public meeting

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Residents | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

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You are invited to a picnic and public meeting to discuss the future of Transition Heathrow.

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday 23 July at 6.30pm at Grow Heathrow.

Bring food and drink to share, plus your thoughts on the future of the project in light of our recent Court of Appeal verdict and the airport’s new proposals for expansion.

For how to find us, follow this link.

See you in the meadow!


Chicken Weekend

Posted: May 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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On 25 and 26 May we’re preparing a comfortable and safe space for the chickens to come and live. We’d love you to spend the weekend with us and get involved in clearing the space and making it beautiful, as well as being part of the Grow Heathrow family and getting to know us and the site.

Main tasks for the weekend are:

  • Tatting materials to build a fence with
  • Erecting a fence around the site
  • Making a gate
  • Beautifying the space
  • Coppicing hazel and creating a polytunnel

We’ve got plenty of sleeping space in our guest cabin but if you want you own space you can bring a tent – there’s loads of camping space. Food, drinks and fun will be provided but it’s nice if you can chip in a couple of quid towards this and general running costs of the site. If you happen to have any battery powered drills or general tools you’d like to bring that would be great.

We’re off grid in terms of energy and rely on our 2 wind turbines and solar panels, so it’s an excuse to turn your phone off and spend some time outside. Hopefully we’ll have some summer sunshine to see us through.

Bring friends, family, all those you love and a smile and come help us prepare for Heathrow’s next feathered residents.


Sun 18: How to grow organic with companion planting

Posted: May 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Energy, Gardening Club | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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3 Sisters Companion Planting Skill Share Sunday 18th May! 

The Three Sisters – corn, beans and squash – are 3 great plants that grow and thrive together. Corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. The beans take nitrogen to the corns roots, improving the fertility of the plot by providing nitrogen for the following years corn. Bean vines also help stabilize the corn plants against the wind. Shallow-rooted squash vines become a living mulch, shading emerging weeds and preventing soil moisture from evaporating, improving the overall crops chances of survival in dry summers. Spiny squash plants also help discourage predators from approaching the corn and beans.

The large amount of crop residue from this planting combination can be incorporated back into the soil at the end of the season to build up the organic matter and improve its structure.Corn, beans and squash also complement each other nutritionally. Corn provides carbohydrates, the beans are rich in protein and squash yields both vitamins from the fruit and healthful, delicious oil from the seeds.

Last year the 3 sisters shared an vibrant and full bed in the front meadow. This year, to give them more space, we’re going to be venturing to the newly mulched sunny plot in the back.

Next Sunday 19th May every one is welcome to come and join in the preparing of the beds and planting of the vegetables. Growing Sundays will be starting at the usual time of 2pm and ending at dusk, but feel free to drop in whenever you like. I’m not an expert on this, in fact I’ve never done it before, so hopefully every one can share what they know and work on it together and we’ll all come away knowing a little bit more.

If you have any questions please give us a call on 07890751568 or email info@transitionheathrow.com


Join us at Abundance London’s Herbal High Road, 18 May

Posted: May 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

 

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Foraging Fridays: free wild food every week

Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Free wild food workshops are thriving every Friday at Grow Heathrow, from 2 to 5pm.

Friday 10th: cow parsley tabouleh

Learn how to safely tell cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris) apart from its deadly poisonous lookalike hemlock (conium maculatum) and fool’s parsley (aethusa cynapium). Then make the world’s best tabouleh, bursting with vitamin-C-packed cow parsley.

Friday 17th: burdock roots workshop

Learn how to identify burdock roots, which are best harvested in early spring or late autumn, and whip up a delicious and nutritous meal that’s wild and free.

Friday 24th: garlic mustard saerkraut

Sound too good to be true? No – and it’s free. We’ll learn how to ID wild garlic mustard (alliaria petiolata) and then make its leaves into a gourmet wild saerkraut.

Friday 21st June: solstice celebration: elderflower champagne

This one needs no introduction: it’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. The big event of the Grow Heathrow wild food calendar. Elderflower (sambucus nigra) scrumping, here we come.


Mon 29 April: Capers for free

Posted: April 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Free wild food workshops are every Monday at Grow Heathrow. Join us on Monday 29th from 2-4pm to make capers from dandelion buds.

We’ll learn to preserve dandelion buds (taraxacum agg.) in brine, like we did with cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris) ‘celery sticks’ last week. Dandelions’ deep reaching tap roots bring calcium and potassium up from the sub soil, accumulating health-giving minerals for us to enjoy in this wonderful spring.

So come, visit, and let’s get a-foraging together.


Mon 22 April: how to forage wild chervil without dying

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

On Wild Food Mondays, visitors to Grow Heathrow have already learnt how to make cherry plum blossom tea, chickweed salads, and horseradish sauce. Now, on 22 April, we’re hosting a day dedicated to wild chervil (anthriscus sylvestris), also known as cow parsley.

Learn how to tell it apart from its poisonous lookalikes hemlock and fools parsley, so you can avoid the death that Socrates suffered at hemlock’s hands. And discover this extremely common plant’s potential for tabouleh, plus experiment with lacto-fermenting some in brine. Bring a bike for the foraging; after learning the key ID features, we’re cycling to the lake to test out our skills telling it apart from its lookalikes and to gather basketfuls!

The wild chervil wild food workshop runs from 2 – 5pm on Monday 22 April. It is free to everyone, but a donation of £5 is welcome from people who can afford it. Any donations will go towards Grow Heathrow getting a new chainsaw to help process timber for our off-grid wood powered shower and burners.


Spring into action with Grow Heathrow!

Posted: March 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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It might be cold and grey, but spring IS on its way and it’s time to start preparing for our biggest and best growing season yet!

Join us from 1pm on Sunday 31 March to welcome the sun and keep Heathrow growing!

We’ll start the afternoon by sharing food – feel free to bring a dish – then we’ll get down to sowing seeds, mulching beds and weeding, as well as exploring the site and washing it all down with a cuppa!

There’ll also be a wild food walk led by Sam, our resident forager. He’ll be finding:

  • wild chervil, anthriscus sylvestris - posh up your soups
  • three-cornered garlic, allium triquetrum - stir fry magic
  • hogweed, heracleum sphondylium  - nature’s free spring asparagus
  • coltsfoot, tussilago farfara - put some flowers in your spring salads (thanks Lou!)
  • sorrel, rumex acetosa - lemony zing for your April larder
  • chickweed, stellaria media - year round salads from one of London’s most widely found plants
  • hairy bittercress, cardamine hirsuta - spicy cress, their weeds are our lunch

To find out more, email us at info@transitionheathrow.com.

Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, West Drayton, UB7 0JG.


Growing Sundays: spring into action

Posted: March 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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The Growing Season has begun! After an amazing weekend the sun has been shining and the birds singing, yes the spring has arrived, therefore there are lots of jobs to do in the garden, in preparation for a beautiful organic growing season.

So come join us at Grow Heathrow, this Sunday at 2pm for a full day’s graft of compost, seed sowing, mulching and more.

GROWING SUNDAYS ARE BACK - Many hands make light work, so the more the merrier!! Meet and jobs for the day from 2pm till dusk There will be growing tasks followed by an evening of discussion and planning, for a forest garden design in the coppice.