Projects

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.

 

Belsize and Kentish beer

Growing and brewing our own local beer!

We want to get local people making our own local beer across Belsize Park and Kentish Town. The plan is, we grow local hops in as many places as we can. They will be planted around March. Next September they will be harvested and used to make beer at The Bull pub in Highgate! We all get a share in the beer that is made and a tour round the brewery.

If you would like to grow hops, please get in touch! We need to grow up to 12kg of hops to brew 1000 pints!

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.

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.

Foraging

A group for sharing and building knowledge and awareness of wild foods

Foraging brings happiness as a result of being usefully employed and having a purpose to life, as follows:

  • Connect (with family, friends and neightbours, and invest timein making relationships);
  • Be active (walk, run, garden, dance);
  • Take notice (be curious, notice the changing seasons);
  • Keep learning (try something new)
  • Give (do something for a friend or a neighbour, smile)

So why not get involved. Join the Food Group or email food@transitionbelsize.org.uk

Most active group in North London is:

http://urbanharvest.wikispaces.com/About+Us

Restart Project

jointly fixing stuff,

The Restart Project aims at reducing electronic waste and helping communities to reskill around fixing of electrical appliances and all sorts of electronic gadgets. We organise Restart Parties across London and aim at creating an online platform to map and review all kinds of repairers, thus supporting them and making it easier for normal people to find them.

Restart is inspired by the principles of Transition. It was co-founded by Ugo, member of Transition Belsize.  Other members of the group have already taken part in community repair events organised by Restart. We are alway looking for new members, so feel free to contact us for all kinds of collaboration and ideas.

Swiss Cottage Food Growing

We set up our food growing project on the Swiss Cottage Open Space in summer 2011 with the help of kids from The Winchester Project Play Service. We have three raised beds and have grown tomatoes, beans, rocket, spinach, beetroot, squash and (nearly) sweet corn. It is currently being planted for winter with some perennial herbs and vegetables.
 
It all started in the pouring rain with Alexis and Tom S sawing up some old wooden pallets and putting them together to make the first two of the raised beds, which was a learning experience as neither of us had built one before! The site is currently being looked after by Tom S, Ay Lin and Tom B, and the kids from The Winch, who water it regularly. We have a session most Thursday afternoons at 4pm with The Winch, and sometimes an extra session on Saturday mornings with just the three Transitioners. Please do come along to either session, just get in touch with Tom S to check the time of the upcoming sessions.
 
It is located in the Swiss Cottage Open Space in two alcoves on the path at the back of Winchester Road, the one that runs up the side of the fountain to Hampstead Theatre.

The Fruitery

Creating a forest garden at St Peters Church

The Fruitery is a project to create a forest garden in an unused space at the back of St Peters Church. We plan to plant two regular sized apple trees, a number of apple cordons and a range of fruit bushes and ground cover plants. Also creating a more open space with decking and grasses will create a space that is more usable for a range of activities.

Do join this project if you are interested in following the progress!

The Premier Inn Hotel Car Park Site

Transition Belsize's first public food growing site in the car park of the Premier Inn Hotel

In 2010 the Transition Belsize Food Growing group installed raised beds made from old pallets in the corner of the Premier Inn Hotel car park on Ornan Road (see photos). The site was and is a huge success. A group of local residents maintain it and harvest food from it. Hotel staff are very proud of it. Hotel guests and passersby visit it. Rainwater is collected from a nearby wall to water it. Food waste is recycled through two wormeries and returned to the site as compost. It’s wonderful example of both Transition and permaculture in practice. 

We always need extra hands so please come and join us if you’d like to help out, or to learn about food growing and permaculture, or simply to visit and chat.

Email: food@transitionbelsize.org.uk

The Royal Free Growing Site

Growing food and flowers in the Royal Free Hospital garden

Transition Belsize first began working in the Royal Free's Heath Strange garden (on top of the car park) in 2011, cultivating the plot based on permaculture principles.

Permaculture is the solutions toolkit and philosophy underpinning the Transition movement. It's about using our imaginations to design energy and waste out of systems, and instead work with nature rather than seeking to subjugate it. See here for Rob Hopkins on what permaculture is and how it's linked to Transition.