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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Getting this year's Lunch and Learning off the ground

Getting this year's Lunch and Learning off the ground

We started off this year’s Lunch and Learning with a story.  A story that told of interconnectedness, of underground creatures and of looking up at the sky.

The story was a new iteration of a very old story and one that many different people in Global Generation have re-written and shared in different ways.  Nicole’s version told of 2 twins Bhoomi and Barsha who lived in the deep forests of the South of India.  Their crops had stopped growing and they went into the forest to find the big shinny worm who would help them.  The worm shared the 3 baskets of knowledge with them

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Cosmology, Ecology & Action: young people explore the story of interconnectedness through practical work in King’s Cross

Cosmology, Ecology & Action: young people explore the story of interconnectedness through practical work in King’s Cross

Our young people thrive on working together with businesses in the King's Cross community to create a new culture, write Youth Programmes Manager Rachel Solomon.

Back in November, Lydia, the Environmental Project Manager for King’s Cross developer Argent, got in touch with us to discuss how we can help further increase biodiversity on some of the green rooftops of King’s Cross buildings. They set a brief asking our young people to come up with designs, which they would pitch, and, once approved, build on the roofs of One Pancras Square and the Western Transit Shed.

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The skip garden is moving - New home update

The skip garden is moving - New home update

I woke this morning thinking about how we might get hold of 30 cubic meters of subsoil for the rammed earth wall that will form the back of our new passively heated green house. We are well and truly in the midst of the moment we all knew was coming … The Skip Garden is on the move, writes Jane Riddiford.

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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 Kitchen

Dec 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Being given the opportunity to run the Skip Garden Kitchen’s bicycle made for the ideal summer! With the help of generators, we literally brought a piece of the Skip Garden out to the public in sunny Granary Square, right beside the food stalls run by KERB and the fountains where children and parents cooled down under the scorching sun! It wasn’t always easy, but with every week we tried out new food to sell and figured out what did and didn’t sell well in addition to trying out different ways in which we could make the most of our visibility in the square. 

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Junior Chef Club

Junior Chef Club

In the dark cold winter months, there is nothing better than gathering around the fire telling stories and eating heart-warming food or getting a tray of freshly baked goods out of the oven to taste whilst still warm... especially when you have made it yourself! On Thursday afternoons,9 students from Mount Carmel and EGA made their way from school to the Skip Garden to take part in the Junior Chef Club, supported by 2 of our Senior Generators, Kaine and Kira. We wanted for the Junior Chefs to not only learn how to cook amazing food, but also to learn about themselves, how we are all connected to other things around us, where our food comes from and our role in helping plants grow.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

As Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry wrote, “There is a deep pull within us to discover and be true to the fact of our own interrelatedness.“ We experienced a new kind of togetherness in 2012 when we moved the Skip Garden, the Hoop Garden and our office onto our current location, writes Jane Riddford.

Bringing the different parts of the organisation together enabled us to see and experience ourselves more clearly as an ecosystem. A big factor in enabling closer collaboration was the fact that for the first time we had a kitchen on site. This meant that we began to regularly sit down as a whole team, to share a cooked lunch together.

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Tile House Skip Garden sessions

Tile House Skip Garden sessions

One of the pleasures of working as Community Engagement Officer is having the opportunity to design projects that bring the values of the Skip Garden to the wider community, writes Ciara Wilkinson.

As the development continues, we find ourselves closer to residential buildings, and we have been keen for some time to begin engaging with those residents who pass the garden by every day, but who have never, or rarely, ventured inside it.

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One King's Cross: Many Perspectives

One King's Cross: Many Perspectives

Please come and join us at our photography exhibition, 'One Kings Cross: Many Perspectives' on Thursday 20 November 6pm to 8.30pm.

For the third consecutive year, local young photographers will be exhibiting their beautiful artworks to the public at the Kings Cross Skip Garden. Food and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

Join us to celebrate the work of local young people, and take part in the auction to support next year’s photography programme.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

The next phase of Global Generation’s journey took us from Rooftops to Skips on Developers Land. How did we end up as an integral part of one of the biggest regeneration sites in Europe, all 67 acres of it? Writes Jane Riddiford.

In large part it is thanks to the fact that Roger Madelin (pictured below), CEO of Argent, developers of the site, and those who work with him, like Anna Strongman, were willing to give us a chance.

Roger visited us at The Office Group roof back in 2006. Arriving in his trademark cycling outfit, he liked the fact that GG was, as he put it, demonstrating that Business and Activism didn’t have to be either end of the spectrum.

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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 - 2008

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2008

Developing Global Generation has often felt like we were following a map that was being uncovered through the great people we met along the way, writes Jane Riddiford.

It was through Arthur Potts-Dawson of Acorn House restaurant that we were introduced to King’s Cross-based branding agency Wolff Olins.

Design Director Bethany Koby and Building Manager Stuart Robinson wanted to involve the staff in growing vegetables for the Wolff Olins kitchen as a way of stimulating a hands-on understanding of sustainability throughout the company, which in turn would trickle down to their clients.

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July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Happy summertide to one and all, writes Paul Richens. I’ve been wondering what to write about – all our veggies are doing what veggies should be doing at this time of year – growing! We got our first aubergine flowers, first ripe cherry tomatoes some lovely lettuces and our first courgette – all of which are making our kitchen team very happy – phew!

But a visit by my daughter from Harrogate and one from a long-standing friend and family, all the way from Australia, has got me thinking about all the other lovely visitors to the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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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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