Posted: October 27th, 2013 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Action, Events, Media | Tags: Hayes, save botwell common | No Comments »
A piece of common land is set to be developed on, which could set a widespread dangerous precedent. Please come and show support to help save Botwell Common and help protect our green belt land across the country.
A public protest has been planned on Saturday 2nd of November at 12 noon. The meeting point is at the bandstand in Hayes Town centre, next to Botwell Common.
Hillingdon Council, despite widespread opposition, submitted a plan to build a new school on Lake Farm Country Park (Botwell Common), which was approved at a stormy meeting at the council’s planning committee on 5 March 2013.
The council’s justification for building a new school comes from projected estimates of pupil numbers for the next few years. There are three other schools nearby which may be able to increase capacity to handle the expected rise. A former alternative site for a new school (a decommissioned swimming pool) was developed as housing.
John Mcdonnell, MP for Hayes & Harlington is urging people to come together in this crucial time. Resistance to the development of greenbelt land is supported by groups such as ‘Friends of Lake Farm’ and ‘Transition Heathrow’.
See you all at Hayes bandstand, on Saturday 2nd of November at 12 noon.
Posted: August 31st, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club | Tags: community, Festival, growing, Harlington, harmondsworth, harvest, Hayes, Residents, sipson | 1 Comment »
The Community Food Growers’ Network summer harvest jamboree is coming up on Sunday the 15th September at Grow Heathrow.
Full information is copied in below so tell your friends and come along for an afternoon of gardening fun. The day will include horticultural games, workshops of many shapes and sizes, an allotment produce competition, a shared dinner and plenty of dancing.
Outline of the Day:
11:30 – 12 Arrive and have tea.
12 – 1 Site Tour of Grow Heathrow and practical Horticulture session. This is a chance to have a tour of the garden with one of the growers and learn more about the site. There will also be a parallel workshop on saving your own seed: an introduction to the politics, poetics and practices of seed saving in community gardens.
1 – 2 Lunch: Bring a contribution to share.
2 – 3 Workshops: ‘Growing to sell in a community food setting’ and ‘An introduction to the Landworkers Alliance and La Via Campesina in the UK’.
3 – 5:45 Horticultural games and allotment produce competition: The famous horticultural games will be held to include salad tossing, potato and knife race and sack race. Prizes and prestige to be won. Taste based allotment produce competition – entrants to bring 2 pieces of their best leaf, root and fruit, which will be judged on taste by a panel of experts.
6 -7 Closing CFGN plenary.
7 – 9 Shared Feast, Music and Dancing: Please bring along a contribution of your produce for the shared dinner, which will be prepared in the afternoon, or a contribution in kind. There will be music and dancing too.
Face painting and crafts alongside the events all day!
Allotment produce competition: Gardeners from all over London will be taking part in the great taste based produce competition. Anyone wishing to enter should bring along 2 pieces of their best root, fruit and leaf. Remember we are using botanical terms here so your tomatoes and cucumbers will be considered fruit.
Sharing Food: Bring along some of your harvest, or a donation to cover costs. Produce will be cooked up into a shared lunch and dinner with some special pizza from the clay oven.
Thanks to Jonathan Goldberg for putting together the awesome photo montage of our third birthday party: jongoldberg.co.uk
Posted: July 6th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Residents | Tags: Carnival, community, Hayes, hillingdon, Residents | No Comments »
One week today.
We’ll be there in pirate badger costumes (well, at least one of us is; I’m dressing like a superhero bee), with pots of nasturtiums, marigolds, yarrow, the obscenely rich bass of our bike-powered sound system (because the only good system is a bike-powered sound system), marmalade, wild food workshops, face paints, dancing, singing and if you’re lucky, maybe even buckets of delirious joy.
All without burning a single fossil fuel. We love Hayes Carnival!
Posted: June 24th, 2013 | Author: Tree | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events, Residents | Tags: art, Carnival, Festival, Hayes, Residents | No Comments »
Come to Grow Heathrow on Saturday 6th of July from 2pm – 6pm to make your very own costume for the Hayes Carnival procession.
Exploring ways to recycle textiles and clothes creatively, the theme of this year’s carnival is Hayes, past, present and future.
For more information email email@example.com or call 07890751568.
Posted: June 20th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Education, Events, Residents | Tags: Carnival, community, Festival, Hayes | No Comments »
The highlight of the Transition Heathrow year is coming up on Saturday 13th July – that’s right, it’s Hayes Carnival time!
We’re incredibly proud and honoured by our past awards for best float and best eco-float. This year’s going to be the best yet. You’ll have to see it to believe it.
Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group, Residents | Tags: community, conservation, cranford park, Harlington, Hayes, Residents, sustainability | No Comments »
Cranford Park has loads of brilliant events coming up, from balsam bashing to a bat walk and even an invitation into the secret garden.
This is a reminder that the next Quarterly Meeting of the Friends Group is this Thursday (May 23) at 7.30pm. It will be held at Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way (off Cranford Drive) and all are welcome. Bus E6 passes close by. I hope you will be able to join us to hear the latest about your park and contribute your views. The agenda and previous Minutes were sent to members on May 5.
This Sunday, May 26, the SECRET GARDEN (next to the Stable Block) will be open from 10-12 noon. Come and see how this is growing, thanks to our volunteers, and maybe lend a hand! There are always jobs to do: no experience is required, tools and refreshments are provided.
More Cranford Park dates for your diary – no booking needed unless stated. Meet at park information centre unless stated.
Sundays May 26, June 23, July 14, August 11, September 8, 10am -12 noon all dates. Friends Group SECRET GARDEN OPENINGS. Come to help with some light gardening or just to have a look at this special place (normally closed to the public) beside the stables. Tools and refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to Stable Block. (Friends & Macmillan Cancer Support).
Saturday June 1, 11am. BUTTERFLY WALK. Join the Countryside & Conservation Officer on the park’s ‘butterfly transect route’ identifying a wide variety of species.
Sunday June 9, 10.30am – 1pm. Friends Group with Thames 21 RIVER CRANE BALSAM BASH. Volunteers required! Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant, taking over large swathes of riverbank, yet it’s easy to remove at this time of year. Volunteers will be gathering all along the River Crane and Yeading Brook – help us include Cranford Park in the campaign! Refreshments provided.
Wed. 12 June, 7pm. RIVERSIDE HABITATS & SPECIES. A wildlife walk and talk around the River Crane. Bring wellingtons if you wish to enter the river, nets provided. Please book with Alison Shipley firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 01895 250647.
Wed. 19 June 8.30pm BAT WALK. Evening twilight stroll looking for bats, using bat detectors. Please book with Alison Shipley (as above).
Sat. June 29, 11am. ‘Knights, Earls & Ghosts’, FREE HISTORY TOUR. Follow in the footsteps of some interesting characters from the past as we show you the park’s historical highlights.
Sun. 14 July, 2pm FORAGING WALK & TALK. Looking for free edible produce our doorstep. Includes cooking tips. With Sam from the Grow Heathrow project.
Sat. 27 July, 10.30am – 1pm. Friends Volunteer session with Thames 21 CLEARING VEGETATION NEAR RIVER BRIDGE. Volunteers wanted to help open up views of this important historical feature. Tools & refreshments provided.
Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: food, foraging, harmondsworth, Hayes, sustainability, wild food | 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.
Posted: March 9th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Residents | Tags: community, cranford park, friends of cranford park, Harlington, Hayes | No Comments »
Come along to Cranford Park to help with light gardening, including sowing wild flowers, or just to have a look. All welcome, bring the family.
Sunday March 17, 11am – 1pm. ‘Secret Garden’ Spring preparation
Tools, good company and light refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to the Stable Block. This, we hope, will be the first of many openings of the garden this season (with Macmillan Cancer Support).
More information about the group can be found at – http://www.cranfordparkfriends.org/
Posted: March 9th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Action, Residents | Tags: access to land, community, hands off lake farm, Hayes, save botwell common, save lake farm, save our commons | No Comments »
Residents all over Hayes were outraged this week when the London Borough of Hillingdon planning committee voted to approve the application for a school to be built on Lake Farm Country Park. This is despite overwhelming opposition in the consultation, which appears to have been ignored.
We now need to urge Boris Johnson, Mayor for London to intervene and exercise his powers to reject this planning application.
We need to request that he asserts pressure on Hillingdon Council to look more effectively at the alternatives available to meet the need for pupil places in our area without building upon such a sensitive area of green belt and open space, which is cherished by local residents.
This template letter is for you to use should you wish to; just sign it and send it directly to Boris.
In addition, John McDonnell, the local MP, has arranged for locals to meet GLA members at City Hall. This will take place on Tuesday 12th March at 1pm. He is inviting you to join on Tuesday to voice our objection.
Posted: January 24th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events | Tags: community, Hayes, nature, save our commons | No Comments »
As part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, John McDonnell is inviting us to join a community event counting the birds on Lake Farm. We will meet by the Skylark on Botwell Lane from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday 26th January and make our way into the field to count as many birds and species of bird as possible.
This is a yearly event that provides results from so many gardens and parks. The data people collect help the RSPB to create a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK and assess the population changes to birds in the UK.
This data may also assist us in our campaign against building on this much loved and valued green belt.