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
As with all of Global Generation’s work, the team at Canada Water are on an ongoing learning journey. It's something we don't do on our own; we do it together. Thanks to funding from British Land each Friday over the last five months we have been able to be at the Printworks, making, growing, cooking and eating together. There’s a rhythm and a ritual to it, which has helped bring out common ground between us as a creative team. It has been a supportive environment in which to try new things, and practice the delicate art of setting intentions, laying down ground work, gathering tools and materials and then letting go and seeing what comes. Now we are fully rolling with our community workshop process, we are reaping the benefits of this.Read More
The Honey Club was set up by charity Global Generation, brand agency Wolff Olins and social enterprise Urban Bees, with a mission to create a bee caring community in King's Cross – from rooftop to garden, hive to street, businesses to people. As Wolff Olins has moved out of the area, so two of Global Generation's young volunteers are now project co-leaders of The Honey Club.
As a project co-leader one of my tasks will be to host local events around bees and honey during the year. Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a bee trail around King's Cross run by Alison Benjamin co-founder of Urban Bees. It is marketed as an Airbnb experience for people looking for something to do during their stay or visit to London. As part of the experience, I met people from countries including China and Switzerland and from England.
Wow, what a lot I've learnt. The seeds for the ideas surrounding my alumni project were sown with my move to London from the countryside just over a year ago. I felt strangely surrounded by so many people, but many belonging to separate communities. My mind went over and over ideas about how these communities could create something together using the natural world as inspiration.Read More
Leadership is a word I’ve never really encountered during my time with Global Generation - both 7 years ago as a Generator and in more recent times as an Intern. It certainly isn’t a word that springs to mind when I think about our team. On Tuesday however, I was lucky enough to be a participant in a training day we hosted for The Wellcome Trust’s People team (formerly Human Resources Dept) on the theme of leadership and learning which sparked a new-found fascination with exactly what it means to be a good leader, and opened my eyes to the positive impact that having a full understanding of leadership can have in all aspects of our lives.Read More
On June 28th at 5pm, the Skip Garden is hosting a night filled with entertainment and great food to provide support for The Starfish Project - a volunteer-led organisation which provide meals for refugees.
Over the past few years, the phrase 'refugee crisis' has been stated and restated so frequently that it has almost been reduced to a mere soundbite; often desensitising us to the realities faced by the displaced groups of the world.Read More
This month, we are celebrating sweetcorn. Massive production and many sub-products mean that sweetcorn ends up in all sorts of surprising places in processed food. But the real thing – a fresh, plump cob covered in juicy, sweet little kernels – is truly a treat.Read More
My natural inclination is to shy away from the term organisational culture. It feels overused, fixed and appropriated by big business, a way to dictate and create sameness of opinion, a set of values for all to follow. However, at the same time, when asked what is of most importance to the running of Global Generation, I undoubtedly say that it is the people, how we work together, how we learn from each other, how we build trust first amongst each other and then how we expand this sense of community beyond into our wider community, creating a safe, open space for all.Read More
The process of enabling a diversity of people and waste materials to come together into something special, as it has done in the King’s Cross Skip Garden, is incremental and necessarily slow. And now we are in the very early stages of that process in Canada Water, I am realising that slow is not always easy, in terms of my own and others expectations. Designing a genuinely collaborative community process is a delicate and sometimes excruciating balance of how much to define in advance and how much to leave open for what will come out through the workshop processRead More
Find out about the importance of water for healthy, life-full plants!
Plants mix water together with carbon dioxide to make sugar. This takes energy, which plants get from sunlight - this process is called photosynthesis. Water also helps plants stand up straight, even when they aren’t made of wood. They don’t have bones, but they do have cell walls and water pressure. A mature houseplant can transpire its body weight daily. This means it gives off a lot of water! If people needed that much water, an adult would drink 20 gallons of water a day.Read More
Recently, here at the Skip Garden, we have been running a lot of family based activities. During the summer holidays, we will be running two family events a week, both free, which will involve cooking, gardening and crafts activities for parents and children to get stuck in to together. We ran similar activities last year and this year I decided we needed even more. They are very popular and a great experience for everyone involved, including the group leaders.Read More
Wonderful to return after a month away and to hear about and see all the great things my colleagues have been doing at the Printworks, writes Jane Riddiford. Our community programme has now launched with the first workshops for children and young people underway in our Paper Garden space.Read More
6 months have passed like a typhoon, and it is almost the end of my internship with Global Generation, writes Momoko Ogihara. Time here passes really quickly, there are always many things happening in the garden, kitchen, classroom or even outside the skip garden. Every staff member here is so passionate about what they do, they come up with many creative ideas and make the idea into reality working towards a more sustainable and fairer world.Read More