"Foraging for all seasons" - postponed until spring 2012

Sat 26 Nov 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Food Group of Transition Belsize was hoping to stage a rerun of its "Foraging for All Seasons" course starting Saturday 26 November. from 10am to 4pm. This would have comprised four all-day workshops, one per season of the year. However due to insufficient demand we have decided to postpone this course until spring 2012.

The "Foraging For All Seasons" course is designed to teach participants how to identify edible, poisonous, medicinal and useful plants, but also to provide Transition Belsize with a pool of volunteers who can lead plant identification walks.

Visit the Food Growing Site at the Premier Inn this Sunday

Sun 20 Nov 11:00am - 1:00pm

The Transition Belsize Food Growing Group have been practicing permaculture by building and planting public food growing sites. The first one was created in the car park of the Premier Inn Hotel on Ornan Road, just off Haverstock Hill. It includes raised beds, rainwater harvesting and wormeries.

This Sunday, between 11am and 1pm, there's a gathering at the Premier Inn site to do maintenance, to socialise and to think about what next. Anyone is welcome to come. You can help or just watch or ask questions.

"An Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design"

Sun 20 Nov 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Permaculture is the solutions toolkit and philosophy underpinning the Transition movement. It's about using our brains to design energy and waste out of systems, and about working with nature rather than seeking to subjugate it. See here for Rob Hopkins on what permaculture is and how it's linked to Transition. Transition Belsize are offering a course of four urban permaculture classes (three hours per session). This course will involve work on the Royal Free Hospital estate where we have been given a plot of land. As well as learning about the principles of permaculture in an urban setting, participants will design and create a forest garden food growing site.

The Fruitery Big Dig

Sun 18 Dec 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Come and help break ground on an exciting new Transition Belsize project called The Fruitery! We are planning to transform some land at the back of St Peters church in Belsize Square into a productive, communal space that can be shared and enjoyed by the community. During the next few months we want to turn it into a showcase forest garden. First the site needs some preparation work so we need your help! There will be shrub and root clearance to be done, as well as generally tidying the site.

Session at The Fruitery

Tue 20 Dec 10:00am - 12:00pm

More preparation work at The Fruitery to clear the ground. Bring a hand axe if you have one!

Planting fruit trees at the Royal Free Hospital

Sun 25 Mar 11:00am - 4:00pm

The Royal Free Hospital have kindly given Transition Belsize a plot of land to plant fruit trees and medicinal herbs. There will also be raised beds so that children at the Royal Free primary school can grow food. 

The fun starts this Sunday 25th March when we'll be planting the fruit trees from 11am. The site is in the Heath Strange Garden, which is above the Royal Free car park.  Everyone is welcome. 

On Saturday 14th April we'll be running a raised bed workshop on the site from 2pm to 5pm so do come along if you'd like to learn how to build raised beds.


Raised Bed Workshop at the Royal Free

Sat 14 Apr 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Do join us for this free workshop to learn how to create beautiful raised beds. We're building these ones for the children at the Royal Free primary school so they can grow food.

Planting and watering at the Royal Free Permaculture Garden

Tue 27 Mar 2:00pm - 7:00pm

The Royal Free Hospital has very kindly given Transition Belsize a plot of land for food growing. It’s in the Heath Strange Garden above the hospital car park. The plan is to plant fruit trees, fruit bushes and medicinal herbs, and to install raised beds so that the children at the hospital primary school can learn how to grow food.

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March we - 25 volunteers - moved five tons of compost on to the site by hand and then planted fruit trees in sunken barrels so that the roots don't penetrate into the hospital department below the garden. We also planted some fruit bushes and some rhubarb (for Alexis!).

Fruitery Open Day

Sat 14 Jul 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Chairs have been set out ready for visitors to arrive. Join us at the Fruitery to see our 'Open Eco Garden' at the St Peter's Church Summer Fair. There will be tours around the site, explaining what's been planted and there will be a stall telling people what Transition Belsize does. Sample some some of the produce from the garden in our elderflower cordial.