In a secluded corner of Pertwood Organic Farm, Wiltshire, a very special campsite is hidden within a copse. Each year, Global Generation takes groups of young Londoners to the site, giving them an immersive experience of nature that cannot be achieved in the city, complete with spiders, compost toilets, views over the surrounding hills and tents pitched up under ancient trees.Read More
A big part of the work we do with Global Generation Garden Team is design and maintain food- focused gardens for other people, and over the past few years we have spotted quite a lot of wildlife while working on roof tops, canalside terraces and urban gardens.Read More
A Central pillar in Global Generation's work in King’s Cross is the Generator, youth leadership programme for 11 to 18 year olds. Now we have a new group of Generators in Canada Water, our work south of the river has taken root.Read More
At the Skip Garden, nothing really stops. Movement is everywhere. Life is everywhere.
Underneath the soil, in the compost, in the hives, in all the structures, journeys and stories are happening day and night. But what’s alive is not just creatures. I feel our projects are living too. They carry on breathing and moving even during winter and summer breaks.Read More
Earlier this summer, Nicole and I were very excited to launch The Create Project, to support young people who are learning English. We were keen to provide opportunities for the students to enhance their language learning outside the classroom, in the setting of our Skip Garden.Read More
“I, We and the Planet” - Global Generation’s saying conveys connotations of responsibility, collaboration and sustainability. But what does it really mean? And how does this ethos benefit us and the wider community?Read More
Artichokes are a weird and wonderful vegetable. Many people find them rather intimidating to prepare. However, they do have some great health benefits - they are very high in antioxidants, aid digestion, are great for the liver and gallbladder, and have also been found to improve cholesterol levels.Read More
The sun had finally set, it was dark out and there we were, 17 girls, marching intrepidly through the darkness on a night-walk, without any sense of direction, yet full of trust on our last night together. We were linked, not only physically; holding onto the shoulder, piece of clothing (or ponytail) of whoever stumbled in front of us; but also as a group, a team, a wild pack of young women who had just spent the weekend together – joined together in silence, laughter, and some bug-induced screams.Read More
Our KX Bee Trail has launched again this summer for the third year, as part of the Honey Club, a partnership between Urban Bees and Global Generation. The Bee Trail is a family fun citizen science project that helps monitor local bee numbers and raises awareness about beesRead More
Happy Hill of Summer! – I hope you’re all enjoying this the most productive time of the year in the veg garden. Now many wildflowers, shrubs and fruit trees are past their flowering period and are busy setting fruit and seeds. The Dog Rose flowers of the hedgerows, along with many other hedgerow shrubs are long gone and are now replaced with ripening hips - food for next winter’s hungry birds and the wild harvesters amongst us (who dream of rose hip syrups, jams and teas).Read More
One evening, just over ten years ago, I listened as Paul Richens told a story about the soil: about bacteria we imagined as Minstrels chocolates, and worms the size of tube trains in comparison. With Jane and Paul guiding us, we built wicker planters for sweet peas, rocket, potatoes, in the garden of the block of flats where I grew up in King’s Cross.
As I got older, I drifted away from everyday life in King’s Cross, changing schools and eventually moving abroad. I missed the moment when the Skip Garden got its current site – all of a sudden, in addition to the skips, there were actual buildings: the café, the glasshouse, the huge poly-tunnel... It had grown in size and substance, become more real.Read More
From raku firing with our neighbours Central St Martins, to celebrating Eid with our friends in Somerstown, to an evening get together to stand in solidarity with refugees, it's been a busy week in the Skip Garden! This week for me is in many ways the coming together of much of our work around creating community and expanding community.Read More
"We are filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed"
Women who run with the wolves - Contacting the power of the wild woman' by Clarissa Pinkola EstesRead More
Happy solstice - we are now at that time of year of maximum insect abundance with daylight at 17 hours and high temperatures make it an insect heaven!
The availability of insects means that everywhere is awash with flowers hoping to attract insect attention to come visit and pollinate. So it’s temperature / insects / flowers – humans are not part of this formula!
While the gardens team have been maintaining the planters at the Rotunda restaurant besides the Regents canal in King’s Place: they’ve been treated to the sight of Dragonflies drying themselves after hatching from their underwater stage.Read More