Nov 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Nov 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

The Dutch – dontcher just love em!

Notwithstanding our impressive Programme Director Nicole Van den Eijnde I’ve a new Low Countries hero, Marc van Rijsselberghe. For those of you that didn’t see the article in The Observer on 19 October 2014 ‘Humble spud set to start a world food revolution’by Tracy McVeigh I thought I’d better enlighten you, writes Paul Richens.

I find this story a vindication of my disdain for GM production methods and an affirmation of working with nature.

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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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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2007

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2007

One of the many times Global Generation has experienced a challenge turning to an opportunity was in 2007. Thanks to the summer drought in the previous year that nearly devastated our first London project - a garden on the roof of The Office Group’s building in King’s Cross - we found ways to bring water to support the growth of wild flowers and food crops, writes Jane Riddiford.

A random phone call led to a series of meetings with Thames Water and a success with the Lottery fund provided us with enough financial and people resources to save more water than we actually needed.

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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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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Whilst digging up saplings for a tree planting project down at Pertwood Farm back in 2005 I started imagining how we could bring the Pertwood experience to London. Our first real opportunity was thanks to Charlie Green; director of The Office Group, provider of office spaces for small businesses in central London, writes Jane Riddiford.

When we met Charlie he had recently purchased an Office Building on Grays Inn Road in Kings Cross. It had a flat roof and he had a sense that something special could happen there, although he didn’t know what.

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