Exploring who we are with The Create Project

Exploring who we are with The Create Project

Cohort after cohort, thanks to the spirit and energy that the groups and their teachers bring, The Create Project continues to be a soul-enriching highlight of Nicole and I’s otherwise busy calendars. Having said that, special mention does need to go to the last group - Fiona and her class of 17 stellar students! They hail from places near and far, including Afghanistan, Albania, Bolivia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia Peru, Spain, Sudan and Yemen...

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Honey Club - Honey Harvest!

Honey Club - Honey Harvest!

Here's a blog post from the Honey Club, where our Generators helped harvest some honey...

With Christmas now far behind us and everyone back into the usual work routine, the Honey Club thought now would be a good time to add a little sunshine to the January gloom and get stuck in with our honey harvest.

We kicked it off on Thursday by inviting the lovely people at Wolff Olins to come along and help prepare the honey comb.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2013

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2013

This was the year that a number of our long cherished dreams came to fruition, in large part through the interest and creativity of our young Generators and the generous support of our business collaborators. It was a big year for all things food related, writes Jane Riddiford

Two of the Generators Melanie and Gabrielle dreamed up the idea of having a Skip Garden cafe over a number of weekends in the Summer. With the support of a mentor from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP a business plan was drawn up and a funding pitch prepared. About the same time, Argent the King’s Cross developers offered to support us to create a food selling hatch that faced out into the public domain behind the Skip Garden which enabled us to keep the kitchen running and food selling during the week. Branding agency Karmarama worked with the Generators to create the identity and marketing materials for the cafe ... laid back and local. 

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Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Clothing crisis alert! The calendar says wrap up warm but the weather is so mild that even working in a Tee shirt feels hot – ridiculous! 

I’m writing this on the last day of November but it feels more like October. Most trees are still holding onto their leaves and I've just read the news that frogspawn has been found on Dartmoor – a new early record – but I can’t help thinking that it will end in tears for those poor frogs!

Our Bees are being sensible at least and staying in the hive although we’ve lots of nice flowers in the crop skips if they fancy a snack.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2011

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2011

This was the year Global Generation teamed up with Branding Agency Wolff Olins and Urban Bees to form the Honey Club, an initiative that has enabled us to involve young people and local business employees in the intricate and mysterious world of bees writes Jane Riddiford.

I am taken back to a hot Friday afternoon; Brian our beekeeper and four of us spend several hours lifting frames out of the hives on the rooftop Wolff Olins Office building looking for the blue dotted queen. The bees are quiet, the smell is delicious – too delicious? Lots of honey is being made, good stores for the winter but alas it has come in such quantity because there is no brood – no eggs.

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Sept 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Sept 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Nature knows it and plants are starting to show it - the tide has turned on summer tipping us towards autumn. Hedgerow Hawthorns are heavy with berries and the first few leaves of the Spindle trees are glowing red, writes Paul Richens.

In the Skip Garden the Corncockles planted for our project on wildflowers of the wheat field are full to bursting with ripe seed. Pristine Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies glide about our flowers feeding and preparing for their long hibernation ahead.

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Big Bang Summer School 2014

Big Bang Summer School 2014

This year’s Big Bang Summer School was a very special collaboration between Regent High School pupils alongside a variety of student volunteers from the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), the Institute of Education (IOE) and the University of Arts London (UAL) as well as our Generators and puppeteer Nina, writes Raiesa Choudhury.

Global Generation expanded into a super-team for two wonderful weeks with bright ideas and skills being shared in the special space of the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Exploring Leadership with Eurostar

Change is a slow and unpredictable thing. Lately I have been paying attention to how others are leading in Global Generation. As Donna Ladkin describes “leadership is a phenomenon, an art we can enact and explore together and support each other to do better”, writes Jane Riddiford.

As I was about to leave the Kings Cross Skip Garden I looked out of the office door, there was Silvia introducing a group of our twilight gardeners to the idea of finding silence in the heart of London.

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Completing our Universe Story Year with St Johns

Completing our Universe Story Year with St Johns

After 12 months of travelling through the journey of the universe with children and teachers from St John’s Primary School in Wallingford it was natural to finish with our responsibility for the future. To do this we chose to tell the story of the bees, writes Jane Riddiford.

During the morning assembly we learnt about the earliest bees who inhabited our planet 130 million years ago and now like the canary in the mine, bees are telling us we need to start paying attention to them and all of life on earth.

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August 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

August 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

“The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers”  The line from the poem ‘Naming of Parts’ by Henry Reed came to mind recently while watching our Skip Garden Honey Bees feeding on the flowers of our Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla) bush in the Orchard Skip, writes Paul Richens.

They’ve found a way of getting to the nectar sacks of these deep, slimline and rather beautiful cerise flowers. They do this by biting a hole near the base of the flower then poking their heads in and drinking the nectar.

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Stories for a Better World

Stories for a Better World

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Global Generation are exploring a new (and at the same time, very old!) project. We have been working with the Universe Story for quite some time now and are now bringing it to life in a different way, writes project assistant Raiesa Choudury.

'Stories for a Better World' encompasses traditional creation myths alongside the Universe story, using the plight of the bees as an ignition for the project.

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June 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

June 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Sweet as honey: we’ve just tasted our first Skip garden honey – and it’s wonderful! In tandem with the extraction sessions, working with our two famous urban Beekeepers Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum, we’ve also been running workshops on planting bee-friendly flowers, cos no flowers no honey!... writes Paul Richens.

People do try and grow wildflowers at home but often without knowing that wildflowers need soil that is nutrient poor and are bewildered when nothing grows.

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Skip Garden Featured in London on the Inside Website

The Skip Garden Kitchen was reviewed by London on The Inside website, who are dedicated to finding "The hippest trends, coolest bands, social events and industry secrets". Our edgy veggie food gets rave reviews and our 10 Year Anniversary a helpful plug! 

The Skip Garden Bees are Buzzing!

The Skip Garden Bees are Buzzing!

With the warm weather we have seen lots of excitement with our two hives. The air in our little corner of Kings Cross is thick with bees. Having produced two new queens the worker bees have been busy finding a new homes for the queens to lay their brood, writes Jane Riddiford.

Fortunately the Skip Garden bees are placid and the hives are healthy; we are lucky. I am taken back to 2011, when we got our first Global Generation hives ...I spend several hours lifting frames looking for the blue dotted queen, a plan to tame a feisty colony.

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