BAM Construct's new green space in King's Cross

BAM Construct's new green space in King's Cross

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.

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Notes from the Garden Shed: August 2016

Notes from the Garden Shed: August 2016

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.

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Pertwood a journey of connection

Pertwood a journey of connection

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.

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Notes from the garden shed: July

Notes from the garden shed: July

In 1885 a Vincent M. Holt wrote a book called ‘Why not eat insects?’  In the 1980s Shell and Bayer started work on the neonicotinoid family of pesticides.  So in the space of 100 years we’ve gone from thinking about eating insects to total eradication – humans are not quite sure what to do with them.  This has been brought to my mind after seeing a couple of insect ‘events’ – Honey Bees massing on the outside of their hive and ants running wildly outside their nest entrance

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Connecting all the Things! July's supper club

Connecting all the Things! July's supper club

Aptly named the Connected Supper Club, diners and guest speakers connected Cavolo Nero with conversations about technology and the built environment. Our urban garden provided the perfect setting for architect & data-enthusiast Antonio Pisano. Antonio’s talk demonstrated how data could be used more effectively in construction, for example by helping buildings run more efficiently. 

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Veg of the month: Courgette

Veg of the month: Courgette

Courgettes are incredibly versatile because they have a subtle flavour. They are also abundant at this time of the year so eating a lot of them makes good financial sense!  Three groups of vegetables Marrow, Pumpkin and Squash belong to the genus Cucurbita that contains 27 species of vigorous trailing and climbing annuals and perennials.  They originate from North America and South America. They were an important food plant in the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas.

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King's Cross Academy

King's Cross Academy

This month I embarked on a new adventure with the pupils and teachers of Kings Cross Academy, says Emma Trueman, Gardener, creating a new garden for their school.  This month I embarked on a new adventure with the pupils and teachers of Kings Cross Academy, creating a new garden for their school. Myself and Nicole were first met by groups of youngsters eager to show us what they had already planted with their teachers, and at that moment I knew that these children had little green fingers!  The children have now set up their own wormery, sown seeds, planted carrots, beans, radishes, onions, and tasted a variety of salad leaves and flowers! 

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On Magic and Meaning

On Magic and Meaning

You may have noticed the word magic popping up in our blogs. It’s a word I use cautiously with some of our participants, some of whom are from large corporate businesses . As a colleague recently said. “my only concern about the word 'magic' is that it can easily be seen as flaky, a bit 'woo' and not grounded in reality." In the context of leadership I feel that magic on it’s own runs the risk of over-emphasising charismatic leadership, and in focussing entirely on meaning one might overlook the power of not knowing and letting go writes Jane Riddiford.

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