The year so far in the paper garden

The year so far in the paper garden

Over the last five months the Paper Garden has been brought to life with the imagination and hard work of nearly five hundred local children, young people and adult volunteers, from local schools and businesses. Our running theme for this year is the wisdom and magic of seeds, explains Global Generation Director Jane Riddiford. We have told stories about King Canut who visited Rotherhithe in 1017 and measured the wisdom of his children on their ability to grow seeds.

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Work Experience: Cassie, 15

Work Experience: Cassie, 15

Every academic year, we host work experience placements for secondary school students, ensuring that we provide them with a meaningful opportunity to learn in a real-world work context. Here, Cassie 15 writes about her placement with the Garden & Kitchen teams at Global Generation's Skip Garden: "I enjoy how everyone is positively affected by the Skip Garden, they usually have regular customers as people honestly love the vibes “

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A New Educational Step for Global Generation

A New Educational Step for Global Generation

After 18 months in preparation, the Masters in Professional Studies, with a specialism in Community Based Regeneration was launched last week. This new step is in cooperation with Middlesex University, who have a long history of practice based learning. The first cohort accepted onto the programme reflect the common ground that has always been the stuff of Global Generation.

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Planting workshop & street celebration with Fitzrovia Youth in Action

Planting workshop & street celebration with Fitzrovia Youth in Action

A couple of weeks ago, thanks to the generous support of British Land and the Regents Place business occupants we were able to  contribute to London’s green credentials with Fitzrovia Youth in Action. You might think street planters are just there to be pretty- and indeed they are pretty- but they also provide a great service to London’s wildlife, writes Gardens Manager Julie Riehl

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Inter-generational Project 2018

Inter-generational Project 2018

Global Generation’s work is focused on bringing different members of the community together to learn from each other and to learn together. When we began our project ‘Wisdom and Beauty Across the Ages’ it was with this in mind, writes Youth & Community Coordinator Robyn Riddoch. Particularly connecting with the elders in our community and providing opportunities for young people and children to spend time with them. Thanks to a grant from Age Unlimited, we have been able to provide a number of opportunities over the last year.

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Sunshine and rain: April brings the kitchen and garden together

Sunshine and rain: April brings the kitchen and garden together

The Skip Garden kitchen has always worked with local, seasonal ingredients and featured food grown in our skips and this ‘new’ year we decided to draw the kitchen and garden closer and enrich the menu with the stories of the seasons and the traditions around the food we grow and eat, writes cafe lead and chef Mickey Reedy. Our menus and events will be reflecting a theme for each month drawn from the ecological calendar, positioning of the moon and the history surrounding it. April’s theme was new life

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May 2018: On the unpredictability of the weather

May 2018: On the unpredictability of the weather

‘What is going on with the weather?’ asks Gardens Manager Julie Riehl. I wish I had the answer to that, but I believe that a mix of man made factors (that’s climate change), and natural cycles is making our seasons shift (spring starts later, summer ends later), temperatures are more extreme and the transition between season... well...let’s say is more unpredictable. Two weeks ago the thermometer in the Skip Garden reached 28. That’s mid-of-the summer temperature, and most definitely unusual for April. But after the long and particularly cold winter, that’s exactly what plants were waiting for: a sign that they could just go ahead and unleash a soft tornado of new leaves and flowers.

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Awesome Forces: stories of the universe in the paper garden

Awesome Forces: stories of the universe in the paper garden

Over the Easter holidays The Paper Garden came to life with the creativity of eighteen
children and ten adults, writes Global Generation’s Director Jane Riddiford.

On a days workshop of story making, creative writing, painting, music and performance we celebrated the micro and the macro movements of the cosmos in action. From the spiralling of galaxies, to the journey of raven and whale each participant found their own way to express the incredible twists and turns of this vast and epic adventure.

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Vero's reflections on being Education & Community Chef at Global Generation

Vero's reflections on being Education & Community Chef at Global Generation

When people ask me: 'What do you do at the Skip Garden?' I hesitate to answer. The simple and direct answer always seems to merely scrape the surface of what we are attempting to do at the Skip Garden. On a practical level, we are constantly finding new ways to open up the Skip Garden and welcome those who may not have access to similar spaces in the concrete jungle we call home.

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Making time together

Making time together

Every few months at Global Generation, our entire team of seventeen staff takes a day out of the Skip Garden to connect with each other and with our work. These staff away days are very important to us as an organisation as they give us a chance to reflect on our core values and how we use them in our day-to –day practise as well as a chance to spend time together as a group outside of everyday work.

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Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Every academic year, we host work experience placements for secondary school students, ensuring that we provide them with a meaningful opportunity to learn in a real-world work context. Here, Year 10 student Daniel writes about his placement with us: "I can honestly say that compared to literally any of my friends’ work experiences, I’ve done so much."

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Evolving Canada Water

Evolving Canada Water

In the Paper Garden we have used storytelling, to draw out the stories of the past and evoke
the stories of what might be. Others involved in the changing face of this part of London, are
also working with stories. In Canada Water, British Land and historian Sarah Yates, have
been gathering stories from local people, about the cultural history of the area. This is one of
the ways community is being kept at the heart of what, in the wrong hands, could all too
easily become yet another anodyne commercial development.

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A celebration of seeds and life

A celebration of seeds and life

On Saturday 3rd February, people gathered in the Skip Garden to celebrate seeds, new potentials and life.  The day coincided with the re-opening of the Skip Garden and cafe after our Christmas and January hibernation. It also coincided with the celebration of Imbolc, the half way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, which for thousands of years has celebrated hope, new life and new beginnings.

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Lupercalia Supper Club

Lupercalia Supper Club

At the Skip Garden we love to celebrate the stories behind our food, weave history and tradition into our menus as well as seasonality and sustainability. All of these things featured in our February supper club, honouring the ancient festival of Lupercalia. We chose to mark the event on the same evening as a rather well know saint’s day, honouring a priest best known for conducting secret marriages.

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