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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
Radishes are the round or long cylindrical root of the plant. They are know for their crunchy texture and peppery flavour. They contain a moderate amount of vitamin C and are low in calories so are great as a snack.
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.Read More
A big, collaborative and passionate effort went into putting on another great Disco Soup at the Skip Garden, this time for Urban Food Fortnight. The teaming of Feedback, Plan Zheroes, FoodCycle, This is Rubbish, Global Generation, all our wonderful volunteers and attendees proved that too many chefs don't have to spoil the soup, but can make great curry and snacks out of ingredients that would otherwise spoil!Read More
Like many visitors, vice president of Stantec Architects David Martin was curious about the story behind the making of the current Skip Garden. How had this unlikely assemblage of structures been created and in such an unexpected location? We got talking and collaboration was the word that caught his attention.Read More
This is Rubbish teamed up with Global Generation to run a holiday programme focusing on food waste, with funding from the Ernest Cook Trust. Its magical and adaptable site was the source of inspiration for a partnership programme for young people.Read More
Unaccustomed as I am to giving weather forecasts, I’m tempted to give it a go after reading about this year’s direction of the quasi-biennial oscillation - don’t worry I’d not heard of it before either!Read More
Peas are characterised in the UK by their small, round, green appearance and sweet flavour. They are high in some B vitamins, vitamin C, iron and protein. We often recognise only the immature fresh pea, whilst the dried seeds are often used in Indian cuisine.Read More
Zak tells us about his own project as part of the Global Generation alumni programme. He came up with the Garden Revival project idea through exploring the link between his faith and environmental responsibility.Read More
As our Saxon Court community gardening project is coming to an end this week , we thought we would update you on how things have gone at the garden. Saxon Court is a mixed residential block in King’s Cross that includes supported housing and shared ownership housing. Way back at the beginning of the year, we received a grant from People’s Postcode Lottery to run weekly gardening sessions from May - October, in order to train local residents in wildlife and vegetable growing and garden maintenance skills and to create a beautiful space for them to spend time together as a community.Read More
Here at the Skip Garden, we love surprising people. So many people come to our garden, marvelling at how we’ve managed to create a green oasis in the heart of a very concrete jungle. They’re amazed that we are here, and that we’ve managed to create a beautiful, inspiring community space in an area that is so focused on building high and fast and new.Read More
Fat chloroplast cells now turn oak and shrub a deep rich green, and vegetal photosynthesis machinery is in full production - stand back and admire.
By the end of August, we’ll be at the full tide of the year’s growth for the UK’s native species. Watch for the day the moment when the tide turns, little by little slowing towards autumn.Read More
Last weekend the Global Generation Team, former Generators and adults from across the country joined together at Pertwood Farm to embark on a 24 hour nature solo. Working in collaboration with Andres Roberts from Way of Nature the preparation for the Solo was a weaving together of the values and connection practices of each organisation. Walking through fields of wheat , storytelling sitting under Hawthorn trees, taking time in silence warming ourselves around the fire we were guided in conversations which allowed us to contemplate our own identity, our connection with others and the grander connection of the universe.Read More