The Journey to Work...

The Journey to Work...

We all know that what makes each and every one of us feel inspired by and committed to finding and keeping meaningful work differs from person to person. But what ties us all together in terms of employability? What are the habits of mind that help us to thrive in our lives, in and out of work? And what are the best ways of cultivating these habits of mind? This is what we've set out to explore with our Global Generation WORKS programme participants, who are all young people aged under 30 and looking to get into work.

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An Olympics-inspired Bug Stadium for Eurostar, by AKSHATA, 17

An Olympics-inspired Bug Stadium for Eurostar, by AKSHATA, 17

My experience of creating a bug hotel, or rather a ‘Bug Stadium’, has been an amazing one. It all started when around one year ago, I was briefed on the Eurostar project: “Come up with a design for an easy-to-maintain bug hotel and be inspired, make it your own!”. The idea my design surprisingly came to me rather quickly after I heard about the installation site’s vicinity to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Why not build a bug hotel based on the design of the Olympic stadium? And hence, the ‘Bug Stadium’ was born.

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November 2016 Notes from the Garden Shed

November 2016 Notes from the Garden Shed

The gardens team (plus anyone else we could find to help) have been busy planting bulbs for the spring. This is one activity that really shows that gardeners have to think and work seasons ahead. These days, the choice of bulbs is wonderfully wide, enabling us to have something flowering from January to May. Beekeepers recommend that you plant large-flowered crocus to give early flying honeybees a boost. These days, suppliers helpfully print a bee logo on the bulb packets to show which are good for pollen and nectar. We only choose insect-friendly varieties.

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Our Veg of the Month: Claytonia

Our Veg of the Month: Claytonia

Claytonia, originally known as miner's lettuce, was eaten to prevent scurvy due to its high vitamin C content. It is also considered a good source of beta carotene and protein. Fleshy for a salad crop, it is usually bright green in colour with rosette leaves and small pink or white flowers. The taste is often described as something between spinach and sprouts.

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Autumnal Pertwood experience for our Generators

Autumnal Pertwood experience for our Generators

“The trees are about to show us how beautiful letting go can be”... these words have stayed with me since I first came across them as autumn arrived and I was getting a group of young people on board to take to our campsite on Pertwood Farm in Wiltshire. As is often the case, Silvia and I felt trepidation...

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Feasts and fires

Feasts and fires

As the nights draw in the garden adorns its winter coat.  The brightness and freshness of summer is replaced by the warmth of late autumn colours: purples, deep reds and oranges. Twinkling lights, lanterns and open fires all come together to give the night a golden hue. At the centre of our garden, the yurt now takes pride of place, providing a unique and cosy space for dining, dancing and being together around the wood-burner.

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Family Saturdays

Family Saturdays

After a long and eventful summer, at the beginning of October it was time to say goodbye to our Family Saturday families. Every week since June, we have welcomed families with young children to the Skip Garden to take part in crafting, gardening and cooking activities with us.  From June to October  we watered, glued, mixed, planted, tasted and doodled our way through different themes in the kitchen, garden and classroom. 

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Notes from the garden shed - October 2016

Notes from the garden shed - October 2016

Let us consider the birds of the garden – one of organic gardeners greatest allies in the fight against pests. Birds when feeding their young during the breeding season can catch a caterpillar every 30 seconds – surely better than spraying with pesticides. So which birds are we talking about?  We’ve chosen six insect eaters that we’ve seen in or near the Skip garden.

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How a Charity Meetup inspired a Photo Story

How a Charity Meetup inspired a Photo Story

I’m standing in the middle of Kings Cross looking at the most amazing view - cranes, buildings and a swimming pool in the form of a natural bathing pond, surrounded by lush bee friendly vegetation. Kings Cross is going through a rebirth. Everything is changing. And right in front of me are my kids - having a great time as guests of the educational charity Global Generation and the Family Saturdays they run at the amazing Skip Garden. 

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Bringing back a piece of Poggiorsini to London

Bringing back a piece of Poggiorsini to London

Sitting in between the olive trees, the whole world seems still, the hills are gentle, rounded and open, as are the people, so generous and welcoming.  I get a glimpse into another way of life, with different qualities at the heart, love, sharing, being together, laughter, companionship, generosity and a hanging on to rituals and traditions that work with what the land gives us.

 

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The Journey of :GEN - the KX jam

The Journey of :GEN - the KX jam

Eco-enterprise education has been integral to our work with young people since Global Generation started its work in King’s Cross. This summer, with funding from Greenboard, we were able to give a small group of our committed senior Generators the chance to come up with their own product, taking it from conception to promotion and finally to market. Here is the story of their journey.

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