Growing partnership with Time and Talents

Growing partnership with Time and Talents

For people all over the world; from early times until now, fire has been the heart of community building. Hence it was a natural choice to base some our first community workshops in and around Canada Water on the theme of fire. Thanks to the support of British Land we were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Time and Talents, a long-established organisation that has worked for 130 years with its local community.

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February Notes from the Garden Shed

February Notes from the Garden Shed

One of the many joys of working in the Skip Garden are the many interns and volunteers that we’ve got to work with over the years.  They don’t just come from the UK presently we’ve Ylva Fahlén from Sweden then recently Marta Martínez Santiago from Tenerife.  Marta is now touring South America and to support our Skip garden’s Celebration of World Fruit & Veg has kindly agreed to be our ‘roving reporter’ when it comes to unusual fruit and vegetables. I’m so excited as this is from a continent that has given us many of our standard fruit and veg.

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Indian Supper Club: Green, white and gold

Indian Supper Club: Green, white and gold

Let me take you on a journey. From the bustling streets of Old Delhi to the royal palaces and forts or Rajasthan, up to the vibrant hills of Tamil Nadu and down to the coconut tree covered coastal backwaters of Kerala. I have always been inspired by Indian food. It's no coincidence thatthe UK's favourite food is Indian; it is a cuisine bursting with intense flavours that are undeniably appealing to multiple senses. It's basis is so very different to European cuisine. It never fails to impress me how diversely a similar spice combination can be adjusted and added to different ingredients to create an endless array of soul warming dishes.

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The Skip Garden at Utopia 2016 Think Tank

The Skip Garden at Utopia 2016 Think Tank

Last month we took a small part of the Skip Garden to Somerset House for the Utopia Think Tank Weekend. This was the end of a whole year of exhibitions and work exploring Thomas Moore's themes and imagining our own utopias. As well as a series of talks on subjects as wide and varied as the economy, play, work, housing and food, there were: writing workshops inviting people to collaboratively invent the narratives of their utopia, mapping utopia with artist Stephen Walter, and delicious baked goods from Day Old, a surplus food box scheme, to keep the imaginations flowing.

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What twilight gardening means to me

What twilight gardening means to me

I knew nothing about gardening before starting Twilight Gardening, the fortnightly volunteering scheme that the Skip Garden runs from March to November, writes Libby Page, now a regular Twilight Gardener. I had visited the magical garden several times before, and always felt it was an oasis against the backdrop of glass and steel in Kings Cross. So when I learnt about the scheme I thought I would give it a go.

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Canada Water and the Long Now

Canada Water and the Long Now

An important aspect of Global Generation’s approach is finding imaginative ways to evoke experiences of three levels of History or what Alex Evans calls – ‘The Long Now’. For us this means thinking about our current actions and how they affect the future, understanding our cultural histories and appreciating our shared history with the earth and the wider cosmos.

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Free Word and the GG Generators

Free Word and the GG Generators

I have often said it is not just the things we do in Global Generation that make a difference it is the stories we tell. Some of the stories have been borne though introducing the practice of what we refer to as Free Fall writing to the young people involved with Global Generation. Free Fall writing is a practice inspired by Barbara Turner-Vessalego, who wrote the book Writing Without a Parachute (2013). It’s wonderful to see these stories making their way out into the world, as I did at a recent Free Word Literary event dedicated to how writing can engage people in social and environmental action.

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Youth-led evenings of resistance

Youth-led evenings of resistance

The beginning of the year is a natural time for reflection - and it is certainly clear that the Skip Garden has now settled into the new site and has emerged as a living community space. In these turbulent times, when the differences between us tend to be emphasised (or even fabricated), the act of coming together in the spirit of deep listening, co-creating and co-habiting harmoniously is an act of resistance. Since the summer, we have hosted various community events and opportunities for intergenerational and intercultural exchanges. Two recent events have been particularly youth led and focused and have opened up the garden to new groups of people with the intention of nurturing a space for connection and celebration.

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Notes from the garden shed - January 2017

Notes from the garden shed - January 2017

The gardens team here at the Skip garden has decided to make 2017 a celebration of world vegetables.  We started well with a show at Somerset House where we had a board game asking people to guess not only what the six fruit and vegetables were (easy) but then to say where they originated from in the world (actually quite difficult).  We had a few people who knew one or two but nobody got them all.  My favourite ‘stab in the dark’ was that carrots come from Scandinavia (not).  

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Take a bow, young people! - Theatre project & Generators’ Graduation

Take a bow, young people! - Theatre project & Generators’ Graduation

It’s January 2017. Almost February. It may seem rather unusual to wish the year ahead will reflect the one that has just gone by. But when I read our young people’s script in response to the Donmar’s all-female staging of Shakespeare's The Tempest at King’s Cross, and I remember the sound of their voices projected across the theatre hall, I want to go back in time. I want to re-experience those moments, feeling that hundreds of years of tradition and literature can still be alive and filling up our souls with sense, with reason and purpose.

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