Public Food Growing Sites, Magic Bean Stall, Food Growing Workshops, Organic Veg Bag, Renoir Film, Nettles Workshop, Pete the Temp, CAT Trip, Eco House Weekend, David Fleming Bench

Dear Belsize,

The Transition Belsize Public Food Growing Sites are up and running. We have green lights for two locations – in the Premier Inn car park and on the Swiss Cottage Open Space. Some of us will be making a start on the Premier Inn site this Friday (20 May) from 4pm onwards so let me know if you’d like to join us. A local carpenter is helping us build raised beds at the Swiss Cottage Open Space site on Thursday 28 May from 4pm to 8pm. Please contact Tom Simon – – if you’d like to get involved with that project. We’re hoping to bring several more sites online this summer.
On Saturday the Transition Belsize Food Growing Group will be running a Magic Bean Stall on Haverstock Hill so if you want to know anything about growing beans then do come along. We’ll also be giving away seeds, selling seedlings, giving mini-lessons in container planting, wormeries and much more besides.
The Food Growing group have just completed a series of hands on, inspiring and fun Container Growing Workshops led by Mark Ridsdill Smith of Vertical Veg. The participants learnt an array of practical skills and useful tips on how to grow food in containers and small spaces, including how to grow from seed, transplanting seedlings, soils, watering, wormeries, maximising yields and much more. If you would like to join a future Food Growing Workshop please let us know:

The Great Man Can Build last Sunday at Kentish Town City Farm was a huge success. The Transition Kids Group created a Superhero Farmer out of recycled plastic bottles and cans. It's basically a monument to all the waste we've created since we discovered cheap oil. You can see the Man Can this Saturday on Haverstock Hill outside Budgens at the Magic Bean Stall. If you'd like to have the Man Can visit your shop, library or school, then please email
The Transition Belsize Food Buying Group have room for a couple more people on their new organic vegetable distribution scheme. The weekly veg bag comes from a farm in Cambridgeshire which the group has been working with. The cost is £10 per week, payable monthly in advance by direct debit. They need a commitment for four months, from July to October. For this you'll get a fantastic selection of delicious, seasonal vegetables. Please contact them via if you’re interested.
The Hampstead Film Society’s next offering is “Boudu Saved From Drowning”, a film by Jean Renoir. It’s Tuesday 24 May at 7pm in Hampstead Old Town Hall on Haverstock Hill. Admission £6.
The Transition Belsize Local Food Production Group are having a Planning Meeting on Thursday 26 May at 7pm upstairs at the Magdala pub on South Hill Park. They’re also holding a “Nettles As Free Food Workshop" on Saturday 28 May starting at 11am in the Winchester Project on Winchester Road. Come and learn how to make nettle soup, nettle pesto, nettle risotto and nettle gnocchi! RSVP on the website. You need to bring your own nettles. The young tops are the tastiest! 
Don’t forget it’s the London Green Fair in Regent’s Park on Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June. There will be a Transition stall and a Permaculture Zone and loads of fun for all ages. And I’m giving a talk on the Sunday at 1.30pm in the Speakers Tent entitled “Why this is not the greenest government ever”
Pete the Temp, whose satirical show looks at climate change and our attempts to tackle it, comes highly recommended from a friend who works at the Transition Network. “I’ve never laughed so much,” she said. Pete is performing at The Monarch pub in Chalk Farm on Monday 6 June. Email if you want to go as space is limited.
If anyone fancies a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and I highly recommend it, then Camden Friends of the Earth are organising a weekend trip leaving on Friday 10 June and returning Sunday 12 June. You don’t have to be a FoE member to go. Please contact Jess Gold via if you’re interested.
And if you’re staying in London that weekend then there’s another chance to visit the Belsize Eco House as part of North London Eco House Weekend. Fifteen Victorian and Edwardian houses that have been refurbished to dramatically reduce their emissions and energy bills will be open for public viewing. See this website for details. 

Finally, we're planning to put a bench on Hampstead Heath to commemorate our late great friend Dr David Fleming so if anyone would like to contribute financially, please email
All the best, Alexis
Alexis Rowell
Newsletter Editor, Transition Belsize