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Bottled blackberries: Fri 22 Aug, 1-4pm

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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The highlight of our foraging year.

If Grow Heathrow hasn’t been evicted, we’re going to bottle loads of blackberries. Bring clean empty jars and you will earn respect, win honour and know true righteousness.  It’ll be the tail end but we should get lots of juicy buckets. You can taste some of last year’s (they’re great) and take some of this year’s jars home so you can fish for compliments from your family.

If we have been evicted, we’ll just go and eat blackberries. To be honest it might turn into just eating blackberries either way. See you there!


Smoothie Bikes with Com.cafe

Posted: May 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Energy, Residents | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Yet another amazing day of making homemade smoothies on the bicycle powered blender with Transition Heathrow the Com.Cafe!

Com.Cafe come to Grow Heathrow for seed sewing Thursday 29th May

 

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Grow Heathrows Herbs in the Post Office

Posted: April 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Growing Group | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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Parsley, Sage and Chives, fresh from the Grow Heathrow meadow, given in away in the local post office on a donations basis.

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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.