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Grow Heathrow lives to fight another day . . . again!

Posted: September 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 

Credit: Mark Kerrison

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

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

Credit: Mark Kerrison

 


Demonstration: Grow Heathrow in Court

Posted: September 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, legal | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Dear Friends,

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.

In solidarity,

Grow Heathrow


Grow Heathrow Calling: Volunteer Work Weeks 16th – 27th of Feb

Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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You must have heard the news by now: Grow Heathrow is celebrating it’s 5th Birthday from the 27th of Feb to the 1st of March. In the lead up to this milestone event – we need your help!

Monday 16th Feb – Friday 27th Feb we’ll be creating spaces for workshops and sleeping, building a new woodshed, gardening, beautifying the site with signs and paints, wood chopping, preserving and more. Sleeping space, food and revolutionary company provided

So, it’s all hands on deck and any help during this time would be much appreciated. Give us a shout on our email – info@transitionheathrow.com – or call – 07706 602 284 – to let us know if you plan on coming down.

Don’t forget, there’s also loads of Shazam events to get involved in, Community workday every Thursday and roles to get involved with longer term.

Here’s to 5 years of beautiful resistance, and many more to come!


It’s all go, go, go @ Grow!

Posted: January 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Another busy weekend of Shazzam workshops have been and gone here at Grow Heathrow.

On Saturday we had a workshop by Rose and Aiemee on Permaculture, planning, propagation and planning. And then on Sunday, to continue our “p” theme, there was a workshop on propaganda – otherwise known as an introduction to subvertising.

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Saturday’s workshop was well attended by residents of Grow Heathrow, their family members and the wider community. The workshop went through the theory of permaculture – focusing on the ethics (Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares) and principles behind the practices. There were a range of different levels of gardening experience in the workshop – from complete newbies to experienced growers, which meant there was plenty of knowledge exchange within the group. We also looked into some of the ideas behind soil care, a key part of growing practice, and crop rotation.

Preparing this years beds

Preparing this years beds

We didn’t just spend our time talking though, but got out into the Grow Heathrow site to look at how permaculture design principles have been incorporated into many aspects of the way things work. We also got our hands dirty and weeded some of the beds in the meadow, ready for the coming growing season.

Feeling inspired by this workshop, a few people got together after the workshop and began planning this years growing at Grow Heathrow. We’re excited for what this season might bring and if you want to get involved in any capacity feel free to get in touch or come on down!

Sunday’s workshop on subvertising was also well attended with people coming from as far a field as Brighton to take part. In this workshop we discussed a variety of things from the problems associated with advertising to how to go about fighting back against the daily assault on our senses. (Did you know the average Londoner sees around 3500 adverts a day?).

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Then we got practical and experimented with a variety of subvertising techniques on some fake billboards that were dotted around the Grow Heathrow site. Participants came up with some really creative ways to subvert problematic messages and said they enjoyed the chance to practice these techniques in a safe environment.

Another busy weekend down… let’s go for it all again this weekend! Come along fro Build A Bike Trailer tomorrow and then Intuitive Painting on Sound Healing on Sunday.

Go go go!

 


Shazzam workshops going strong!

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Last weekend saw a jammed packed schedule of Shazzam workshops.

We kicked off the weekend with the Radical Chat where Class War came down to discuss their Poor Doors protests in the East End and why they’re standing in this year’s general election. After a great powerpoint presentation, Jon from Class War answered a lot of interesting questions including being grilled about how he think’s he can represent anyone in parliament. Obviously, he’s an anarchist so he explained that the election isn’t an attempt to get in to parliament (infact he said he doesn’t want to get any votes) but instead is a way to take campaigning to the streets and making the most of the spectacle of the election. After a while we ended up discussing resistance and politics more broadly and we’re really looking forward to next month’s installment of Radical Chat, hosted by Action East End.

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Saturday saw the bike workshop back in action. A few locals got their bikes fixed, we fixed a Grow Heathrow resident’s bike who now knows a bit more about axels, and we got a bike ready for sale. Now we’re looking forward to the ‘Build a Bike Trailer’ workshop – there’s still some spaces on this so get in touch – via shazzamheathrow@gmail.com – if you want to come along.

Then finally on Sunday we had the pleasure of hosting Campaign Against the Arms Trade, who gave a talk about their latest campaign ‘Arms to Renewables’. This was really informative about the extent of spending on arms – which is essentially only making money due to massive government subsidies – and the huge potential for positive investments in renewables – which require the same kinds of skills and expertise as making weapons. The workshop was a great opportunity to share knowledge between anti-arms campaigners and environmentalists.

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Phew! What as busy weekend… now let’s do it all again this weekend with Permaculture on Saturday and Subvertising on Sunday.

Hope to see you there 🙂

 


Bike Workshop & Organic is Affordable Workshop – Saturday 15th November

Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bike, Events | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

This Saturday in Grow Heathrow, we have 2 activities to choose from:

12-4pm: Bike Workshop. Come and repair your own bike, or learn how to repair bikes in general.

1.30-4.30pm: Organic is affordable! A workshop about organic food, and especially how to buy and cook in such a way that you can keep it affordable for yourself.

In the latter we’ll be discussing the benefits of organic food, why it costs more, how to change your cooking and shopping patterns, how to store food, and more. There will be tasting and learning new foods and we’ll exchange information about where to get affordable organic food.

Come and have a fun day with us! Do let us know if you’d like to attend either workshop so that we have an idea of numbers for lunch: info@transitionheathrow.com.

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Day of degrowth!

Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

On Saturday 25th October we held a full day workshop at Grow Heathrow, exploring the concept of degrowth.

The day was well attended, with around 20 participants taking part including residents of Grow Heathrow, family members and visitors. We began the day by discussing what degrowth means to each of us. This generated a variety of ideas and related discussion.

The group identified that degrowth is a holistic term and aims at moving society away from an obsession with economic growth, placing the focus instead on well-being and ecological sustainability. Degrowth is very much about ‘living well with less’.

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We were also able to dispel some myths about the idea of degrowth. For instance, it needn’t entail a smaller economy but instead a shift away from the economics altogether, and that there is no such thing as sustainable or green growth that can go on forever. Furthermore, whilst some of us perceived the term as pejorative, we discussed its use as a “missile word” which can be thrown into a debate to stir up stale ideas about sustainability and economics.

Later in the day we brainstormed a comprehensive list of problems associated with economic growth, such as climate change, resource wars, corporate monopolies, even anxiety and stress. These enabled us to consider the ‘sources’ of degrowth, the positions from which we can critique a system based on economic growth as well as proposing sustainable alternatives. We then discussed how we might get to a degrowth society, with a general sense that a combination of various reforms, educational changes, personal choices and direct action will all be needed to make such a radical shift.

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In the last session we did a card game simulation of different forms of currency and exchange. We simulated four scenarios: bartering, alternative currency, debt-based currency, and gift economy. This gave us an insight into how structural features of our monetary system affect how we behave, how inequality is created and why there is a built-in necessity for growth due to interest on bank loans.

Following the day’s workshop there was interest in continued discussion on degrowth. There is already a possibility that the same workshop will be run again soon in central London. We’re also currently planning our next round of workshops (Shazam #2) at Grow Heathrow, and this could see more sessions linked to the idea of degrowth – so watch this space! If you’d like to be involved with these discussions or have an idea for a workshop, feel free to get in touch via info@transitionheathrow.com.

Visit www.degrowth.org for a wealth of research and resources on the topic.


Film Screening: Zones to Defend! 14th of October, 7pm

Posted: October 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , | No Comments »

Zones to Defend!

Tuesday 14th october 2014, 7pm at Grow Heathrow

Some videos and informal discussion around resistance on protest sites in France.

La ZAD (Zone a defendre) – is Europe’s largest land occupation and exists to resist the proposed building of Notre Dame airport near Nantes. There is a widespread alliance between activists, local residents and farmers, which after an eviction in 2012 saw 40,000 people reoccupy the site!

ZAD: Testet http://tantquilyauradesbouilles.wordpress.com

ZAD: Notre Dame Des Landes http://zad.nadir.org

xxxxx


Workshop: Day of Degrowth – 25th of October

Posted: October 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Day for Degrowth: 25th of October, 10.30am – 6pm

Cost: Free, including lunch on a donation basis.

Degrowth is a concept that brings together activists and academics in order to understand the multiple crises (economic, social, environmental) affecting our planet. Economic growth has been a highlighted as a root cause of these problems and a variety proposals for a ecologically and socially just societies have been put forward.

In September this year over 3000 people attended the 4th International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany. This was an exciting event, with over 500 workshops, talks, and artistic presentations and shows the level of interest in degrowth to be increasing rapidly.

Unfortunately, conversations about degrowth in the UK have been rather thin on the ground. Until now.

Join us at Grow Heathrow for a day long interactive workshop introducing the topic of degrowth. We will aim to cover basic questions such as What is degrowth? Why is growth a problem? How do we get to a degrowth society? As well as providing a space to ask what should come next in terms of degrowth in the UK.

There is no limit on the number of places but as the workshop is all day lunch will be provided – so please email info@transitionheathrow.com to give us an idea of numbers.


New Video: “You can’t evict an idea”

Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Film, legal | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow: Resisting Eviction from Sean Richard on Vimeo.

Nearly five years later the group has cleared 30 tonnes of rubbish and runs a popular community space called Grow Heathrow with a bicycle workshop, food-growing club, renewable energy courses, and an art space.

On Friday the 15th of August, after a three year court battle, bailiffs arrived for the first time to evict the group and were met with nearly 200 people supporting Grow Heathrow to continue the project.

The bailiffs will be returning soon and the members of community garden are preparing with various resistance tactics. The group are trying to negotiate with the owner to buy the land with the support of John McDonnell MP and the Sipson Resident’s Association.

To follow their story see:

transitionheathrow.com @transheathrow

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Video by film-maker Sean Richard