At the heart of resistance to the third runway in the village of Sipson, lies Grow Heathrow. Here an alternative to the cancerous growth of tarmac and pollution is lived everyday. Each subversive seed planted by these guerilla gardeners inoculates the community and land against certain death. Each relationship established builds bridges of hope for life. Each heart that falls in love with the land is connected to a body willing to defend it.
Amidst fresh proposals for a third and fourth runway, Grow Heathrow is under threat of eviction. We’re looking for bold spirits to occupy Grow Heathrow during the busy summer months. Some areas of land are not under threat of eviction and we need help to develop these as our defensive base.
Whether it’s for a few days, a few weeks or a few months, your presence is welcome.
We have restored three 40m long greenhouses where we grow vegetables, run workshops and host open days. We harness energy from two homemade wind turbines and some solar panels, have bicycle, metal and wood workshops, as well as a yurt and a straw bale house. And we’re organising with local residents to transform the Heathrow Villages into a radical self-sufficient community.
We can share skills in the following areas:
◦ Organic food growing and permaculture design
◦ Sustainable building
◦ Off-grid energy production
◦ Media and communications
◦ Website/graphic design
◦ Accounting/book keeping
◦ Metal/wood work
◦ Bicycle mechanics
◦ Running social enterprises/co-operatives
Spread the word and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you’re thinking of coming. For more information, go to our website www.transitionheathrow.com.
You can find us at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, London UB7 0JG. Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington, 30 minutes from Reading or Oxford. Go to www.transitionheathrow.com/directions for more details.