Nights draw in on King's Cross' cityscape. Cranes are twinkling high in the urban sky, buildings lit in golden hues and reddish tree tops now turned to shadows as dusk turns to night. It is 5.17pm and, if it wasn't for those twinkling cranes and bright building lights, the garden would be plunged in darkness - some parts already are.Read More
In this emerging tale and in our associated arts and gardening workshops we have been using logs and paper that were parts of the history of the local area. We have been working together with people who live or have lived locally and we have been learning about the birds that visit the docks. We are doing our best, as poet Ben Okri says: "to work on the world as it is and on the dreams that daily become hard stone and flowers of our times."Read More
This time of year always gets me feeling quite pensive. The longer nights always allow for a little more time at home, with a book or pottering about the house, to be quiet and reflect on the big changes happening in the natural world, writes community gardener Robyn RiddochRead More
I don’t care what the poets say winter is not death but rather a time for renewal – like our sleep, writes garden manager Paul Richens. Fruit trees actually need at least 53 days of dormancy (technically called chill hours) or like me they wake up grumpy. Do you think plants dream now there’s a thought!Read More
It’s not the prettiest vegetable in the bunch but it sure is tasty! Celeriac has the flavour of celery and the texture of potatoes, making a great way to add flavour to your mashed potatoes or to soups, writes cafe manager Sarah.Read More
As a community garden, we, at the Skip Garden, are always trying to bring more people into the garden to learn, eat, and grow together. Over the summer we held several community events for different organisations to come and experience the Skip Garden and to meet new people.Read More
Can plants forecast the weather? Of course it’s well known that both Rain Daisies (Osteospermum) from South Africa and our native Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis spp.) both close up their flowers before rain but what about long term – will this winter be cold or mild?Read More
It was all aboard the Grain train for The Sustainable Food Story's inaugural immersive dining experience. On Sunday the 30th and Monday the 31st of July we stepped out of 2017 and went 10,000 years back to the fertile crescent and the origins of our agricultural system. The focus of the night was heritage grains, diversity and deliciousness, and telling the story of how these aspects contribute to a more Sustainable Food system.Read More
On the evening of the 6th of September, Paul Richens, garden manager, and I had the pleasure to be welcomed at Kew Gardens as representatives of the Skip Garden on occasion of the Open Garden Squares 2017 celebration event.
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