I love it when the Skip Garden comes alive with the colours and flavours of heritage and seasonal rituals, writes Youth Programmes Manager Rachel Solomon. To me, it always speaks of how we are all connected, rather than different, because, at the heart of all these different customs, the values are all the same – the sharing and togetherness as well as the passing down of heritage and connecting with our ancestors is something we all do in our own unique ways.Read More
It was heartening to close 2017 with a Solstice Celebration. It was an expression of young people learning from older people, older people learning from younger people and all of us learning from the rhythms of nature, writes Jane Riddiford.Read More
As well as looking after Global Generation's gardens in King's Cross and Canada Water our garden team work regularly with local schools, businesses and organisations. Here, Emma Trueman recounts the work they have been doing with King's Cross Academy.Read More
Deep in the Sands Museum picture archives we discovered fading photographs curled and brown at the edges, writes Siw Thomas. The photographs showed delftware pottery made in Rotherhide in the C17. Once, vibrant blue images depicting birds entwined in rich foliage, the tower of London and winged cherubs emerging from a web of hearts and flowers adorned the ceramic vessels.Read More
Lumiere London made its return to King’s Cross this January which was the perfect opportunity to get together and craft something special for the festival and open up and show off the garden for a few evenings.Read More
This autumn and winter have seen many changes in the skip garden kitchen. The end of 2017 has seen the kitchen and café run by a leadership team on the basis that three heads are better than one! There have too many highlights of 2017 to remark upon all of them. Our activities range from hosting events such as the Dotdotdot campaign to reduce plastic with leading figures from the music industry to making festive hampers stocked with delicious goodies made by supported learning students working with our Community Chef.Read More
We lose animals, seeds, plants, skills, and traditions every single day, and we must be aware that there is something we can do every day to stop the loss of these wonders. If only we could look at a pumpkin in the same way kids do, writes Youth and Community Coordinator Silvia Pedretti. An effective and hopeful activism doesn't have to be associated with big organisations, with politics and conferences. It is in our heads, in our hands and in every single step we take from the moment we leave our bed in the morning.Read More
Christmas is now just around the corner, and for me it’s about spending time with loved ones, snuggling around a fire with a cup of hot cocoa/ mulled wine, cooking together and yet again losing at monopoly. If you have set foot in a shopping centre this December then you’ll have noticed that the Christmas we are sold is full of stuff, often single use things made of plastic, harmful for the people who make them and the planet, writes Garden Manager Julie Riehl.
So this year, I have approached Christmas inspired by the Skip Garden and Global Generation moto of ‘I, we and the Planet’ by selecting gifts that are meaningful, reusable and plastic free.
From honing in my social media skills, to helping bring the garden to life for a multitude of events, and even playing chef and making my own pizzas, these 3 ½ months have been nothing short of eventful, writes Marketing and Events intern Julia Wang.
I started as an intern in September and was warmly accepted by all the different teams. And by being part of the morning meetings, I was able to get a glimpse into all the other amazing projects happening under Global Generation too. It has been really rewarding for me not only to hear about these projects, but also to aid in the story-telling of them.Read More
Over the last year we have been developing The Paper Garden, in the Printworks at Canada Water SE16. This has meant running ecology and arts workshops for local schools and existing community organisations, so that over time the imaginations of children and young people will help to shape the public realm within the new Canada Water Masterplan. To celebrate our ongoing work of aligning with the rhythms and patterns of nature we are holding a Solstice Lantern Procession on December 21st. The centre piece will be a giant four-meter firebird lantern, writes Global Generation's Director Jane Riddiford
We have been continuing our workshops in the Paper Garden with children from Redriff Primary school. During our latest workshop, the children added their own expression to the stories we had been looking at together.Read More
Harvest – take a moment to roll that word round in your mind! Good images?
We’d very much like to hear your harvest experiences, which we’ll put together for our December issue – anonymous if you prefer.Read More
The new school year at King’s Cross Academy has been a busy one for the school garden. Year One started the term learning all about our garden, the plants we are growing on the balcony. They have sowed broad beans, peas, cabbages, kohlrabi, while watching the fruit on the trees be replaced with beautiful multi coloured leaves, writes Gardens and Education Facilitator Emma.Read More
Oh Skip Garden, you are the gift that keeps on giving (how perfect for the upcoming festive season!)Just when I think the weather is turning grim and the garden will be deserted and deemed too cold or drab for fun and festivities, we go and have another cracker of a Fire Feast, quite literally.Read More