In 2010, a derelict car scrapping yard became a thriving organic community garden, with aubergines under greenhouses and potatoes in stacks of old tyres, all in the path of the proposed third runway at Heathrow.
Now we are delighted to launch a fortnight of free wild food workshops. The whole family can learn to make seed bombs, nettle soup, rosehip syrup, pickled spicy seeds and horseradish sauce for free. And what a delicious dinner those ingredients would make together! Take home a free nettle bracelet you’ll have made yourself; it’s softer than cotton and harder-wearing. I promise it won’t sting! (Gloves are provided.)
26 September – 10 October
Date Time Workshop
Wed 26 2pm – 5pm Wild food walk around Grow Heathrow, discussion of foraging law and safety, and make and taste nettle soup
Fri 28 2pm – 5pm Horseradish sauce
Sat 29 10am – 5pm Seed saving and seed bombs
Sun 30 10am – 5pm Nettle bracelets and nettle soup
Mon 1 2pm – 5pm
Tues 2 2pm – 5pm Dried fruit: hawthorn berry leather
Wed 3 5pm – 7pm Dried fruit: hawthorn berry leather
Fri 5 2pm – 5pm Apple and pear scrumping with trailers and panniers
Sat 6 10am – 5pm
Sun 7 10am – 5pm Gardening day
Mon 8 2pm – 5pm Wild food cycle to lake or Cranford Park
Tues 9 2pm – 5pm Pickling and fermentation
Wed 10 2pm – 5pm Rosehip syrup and dried rosehip tea
The timetable will change nearer the time, depending on which crops are the most abundant in autumn. Stay up to date with the latest calendar at wwolfing.wordpress.com
No need to book – just drop by!
We are also now well on our way to a position of self-reliance. We produce our own food, use solar and wind power meaning we’re completely off grid, we collect water from the greenhouse roofs to feed the plants, fruit and vegetables, we use the rocket stove invention to heat our water and are equipped with four fully functioning compost toilets. Grow Heathrow accepts and is grateful for voluntary donations from guests for the continued running of the project.
Volunteers can get involved in the daily running of the community garden. This will be mainly focused on fruit and vegetable production including tasks such as seed sowing, digging beds, tending to growing plants, watering, and composting. Other tasks around the site include sustainable construction work, feeding the chickens and cooking. On arriving at Grow Heathrow, we will work out together where people’s interests are, and what work we can do.
Volunteers will have a place to sleep in the Grow Heathrow Guest Cabins.
Email Grow Heathrow at email@example.com, or phone us on 07890751568.
Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG.
From Central London: Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington. From West Drayton either take the 222 bus towards Hounslow and get off in Sipson Village or follow the cycle path towards Sipson. Our site is a 1 minute walk from the King William Pub which is in the middle of town