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Food Growing

Belsize can’t grow all of its own food, but we can produce some of it. With a tiny scrap of growing space such as a window sill you can grow your own salad leaves and stop buying air-freighted herbs and salads in plastic bags from supermarkets!  With a small balcony you can grow delicious tomatoes, peas and beans that can be eaten throughout the summer and autumn. There’s also tremendous pleasure to be gained from watching nature perform its magic and reconnecting with the seasons and the soil!

We now have two public food growing sites in Belsize, one in the Premier Inn Hotel Car Park on the corner of Ornan Road and Haverstock Hill, and the other on the Swiss Cottage Open Space.

Abundance

Mapping and harvesting unwanted fruit around the neighbourhood.

The Abundance Belsize project is about mapping and harvesting the fruit around Belsize Park and the surrounding area that would otherwise go to waste.

Below is a map of trees we know about. If you know of a tree that is not on the map, do get in touch at abundance@transitionbelsize.org.uk.

 

Draught Busting

Free Draught Busting Workshops & Tailor Made Draught Busting Service

Draught Busting Workshops and Tailor Made Draught Proofing Installation

The Transition Belsize Draught Busting Team - Lauren, Sarah and Patrick - began running free Draught Busting Workshops in November 2009. The Workshops were inspired by Sue Sheehan and Hyde Farm CAN who researched the products and created the original 'Draught Busting Saturdays' in South London.

Veg Bag Scheme

In summer 2011 the Transition Belsize Food-Buying Group set up a pilot project working with Bart the farmer at South Farm in Hertfordshire to get a weekly delivery of fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables for around 20 households. Scheme members had the chance to visit the farm during the growing season and help with planting, weeding and harvesting, forging a close connection to where their food comes from.

The hope is to develop the scheme in the future into a full community-supported agriculture project, with community members investing in a farm. 

The project blog, transitionbelsizevegbag.wordpress.com, serves as a forum for sharing information about upcoming deliveries, price comparisons and recipes.

There are currently no deliveries, but for more information and to be included on the mailing list for any further developments in the scheme, e-mail veg@transitionbelsize.org.uk.

Sepp Holzer's new book on permaculture

Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 metres above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to the monoculture fir tree plantations favoured by his neighbours.

In his new book, which you can get here from Green Shopping, Sepp shares the skills and knowledge he's acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but also how to make a living from it.

Launch of the new Rob Hopkins book - Transition Companion

Wonderful launch of Rob Hopkin's new book - Transition Companion - at Food From The Sky, the urban farm on the roof ot Thornton's Budgens of Crouch End. See here for photos.