Autumnal Pertwood experience for our Generators

Autumnal Pertwood experience for our Generators

“The trees are about to show us how beautiful letting go can be”... these words have stayed with me since I first came across them as autumn arrived and I was getting a group of young people on board to take to our campsite on Pertwood Farm in Wiltshire. As is often the case, Silvia and I felt trepidation...

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Sept 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Sept 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Well the first kitchen notes from a new team at the Kings Cross Skip Garden...we should probably introduce ourselves. Andrew and Sadhbh are heading up the kitchen team. Sadbh splits her time between cooking for the lovely people at Karmarama, the branding agency that we collaborate with, and the Skip Garden whilst Andrew can be found at the Skip garden on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Do pop in to see us and have a chat next time you’re in Kings Cross.

Although the last six weeks have been a whirlwind of impressions for both of us, we’ve spent the time wisely; cooking all of the fantastic produce that has been coming out of the garden, getting to know some of the people connected with Global Generation and learning more about the work that the charity does with youth leadership.

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Our first Pertwood Youth Camp of 2014

Our first Pertwood Youth Camp of 2014

The beginning of the school holidays can only mean one thing at Global Generation - kicking off our flagship youth leadership programme with a residential experience in the stunning countryside, writes Rachel Solomon.

2014 marks 10 years since the establishment of our dedicated campsite at Pertwood Organic Farm in Wiltshire.

The site, which is nestled in a beautiful hawthorne copse, has been kindly donated to us by the owners of Lower Pertwood farm, to use as the countryside home of our charity.

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Sustainability Training for the Construction Industry

Sustainability Training for the Construction Industry

As we assembled at Waterloo station, I felt a mixture of excitement and anxiety. This was a first for Global Generation. We have worked closely with the construction contractors in King’s Cross since 2009, and, based on the workshops we have run for them in Kings Cross Skip Garden, we were asked if we could run a Sustainability Training programme for them down at our Pertwood campsite in Wiltshire, writes Jane Riddiford.

What might we have to offer a crew of mostly men, dealing with the hardcore realities of frontline construction?

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And then there was Silence…

And then there was Silence…

We opened our eyes, ready to start a full day in complete silence. The sound of the morning birds was filling our ears and bodies as if we were in a sound system. The idea was born one day at the Kings Cross Skip Garden, writes Silvia Pedretti.

"Through silence comes space. Into the space come those things that we have tried hard to find. Our nearest galaxy is the same size as the little speedwell flower if I am in between, looking at both. The universe is contained within both. My awareness of them connects the one to the other."

- Geraldine, Global Generation's Office Manager                       

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Little Outdoor Kylie Discovers the Skip Garden

Little Outdoor Kylie Discovers the Skip Garden

Eco-blogger Little Outdoor Kylie describes the Kings Cross Skip Garden as "The (Eco) Friendliest Green Space in London" and we're delighted to take that accolade!

Kylie's article includes lots of recent photos of the Skip Garden and Skip Garden Cafe and she describes how much she enjoyed the vibe of "this little paradise" and her "epic dessert".

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2006

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2006

2006 was a landmark year. Thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust, Global Generation took on our first group of young generators (14 – 18 year old youth leaders). Since then the Generators have provided the backbone for much of Global Generation’s work writes Jane Riddiford.

We wanted the Generators to experience that in unity between different sectors of society, e.g. business and young people there is creativity and strength. We aimed to give them practical opportunities to demonstrate with their own passion that it is “cool to care.”

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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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