Help us move a mountain of compost, distribute the Transition Free Press and coordinate Transition Belsize
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Hello Belsize,
Spring has definitively sprung and the grass is rising. So too are the flowers at our Royal Free growing site in the Heath Strange garden on top of the car park at the Royal Free Hospital, and children from the Rosary School have just planted maize.
After our topsoil mountain last month, we now have a delivery of compost arriving from the North London EcoPark on Wednesday and we again need your help to move it! Even if you can just come along for half an hour or just lend us a spade and a bucket your help will be very gratefully received. See below for more details.
And don’t forget to vote in the European and local elections on Thursday.
Compost Moving
Wednesday 21st May – 6.30-8pm
Heath Strange Garden, Rowland Hill Street, Royal Free
Come along and help us move several tonnes of compost. We need spades and containers – bins, buckets, sturdy bags – as we have volunteers from the Good Gym who are coming without tools.
Just show up or email for more info.
Join the Coordinating Group
Are you curious about Transition Belsize? Looking for a way to get more involved in the local community, meet new people and get involved in fun practical eco projects? If you’re interested in joining the Transition Belsize Coordinating Group drop us an email.
Belsize Beer Meeting
Tuesday 24th June
The Bull, 13 North Hill, N6
Are you involved in the Belsize Beer/Kentish Town Keg hops-growing and beer-brewing project? Come along for a tour of The Bull microbrewery and a pint. Email for more info. And don’t forget to join the Facebook group to keep updated and share the progress of your hop plant.
Chelsea Fringe
17th May – 8th June
The third Chelsea Fringe will run for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London. Building on the success of the previous Chelsea Fringe festivals, it will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.
Photo above from The Pothole Gardener.
Full listings here.
Belsize and Adelaide Green Gym Launches as a Community Group
Sunday 1st June – 11am-2pm
Belsize Sensory Garden, behind Belsize Park tube
Since their first session in 2013, Belsize and Adelaide Green Gym has been led entirely by volunteers every Sunday in Belsize Wood Local Nature Reserve, Adelaide Nature Reserve and Belsize Sensory Garden. The Green Gym offers a regular opportunity for volunteers of all ages and levels of fitness to learn nature conservation skills and enhance their wellbeing while improving their local green spaces’ biodiversity and access to nature.
Over 1,300 hours of volunteering later, the group are now constituted as an independent community group and part of TCV’s Community Network. Join then to celebrate and participate in a wildlife gardening session.
If you are able to attend please RSVP to Laurence Clapdorp at by Wednesday 21st May.
Food Growing Training Techniques
Saturday 7th June – 10.30am-5pm
Regent’s Park, NW1
In this day course, Capital Growth’s expert trainer will provide advice to help you create a successful food growing training workshop while keeping your own style. The session includes exchange between all participants, tips to get messages through and the chance to hold your own small workshop and test your ideas. Trainer: Tom Moggach. More info here.
Bee-Friendly Evening
Monday 9th June – 7pm
Primrose Hill Community Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1
Film showing and discussion with Transition Primrose Hill on how we can support bees in our gardens and windowsills.
Solar Schools
Run by 10:10, Solar Schools helps schools crowd-fund the cost of solar panels – cutting carbon, boosting budgets and teaching pupils about energy and climate change. Applications are now open for 2014-2015. More info and apply here.
Kentish Town Farmers’ Market
A new market has started in Kentish Town from Sunday 11th May – every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, at Kentish Town C of E Primary School, Islip Street (off Kentish Road). More info here.
Free Trees for Communities
The Woodland Trust has 4,000 free tree packs to give away  to schools, community and youth groups in autumn. Applications for autumn packs are due to remain open until 4th September 2014. More info here.
Help Us Distribute the Transition Free Press
The new issue of the TFP is out, and it's gorgeous, with inspiring articles on the Rubbish Diet, The Restart Project started by our very own Ugo Vallauri, a Transition Café and much more. We're looking for help in distributing the newspaper across Belsize and beyond.
How does it work? Buy 10 copies of the TFP for £10 to be resold or given away to colleagues, friends and family, and help us spread the Transition message. For every bundle you buy, £6 are donated to Transition Belsize. We also have a few copies of previous issues for a discounted rate. Get in touch via if you can help!
Nominate an Eco Short
Following the success of our event in March, we’re planning another short film night at the Steele’s pub for June. Escape the World Cup madness and be entertained, disturbed and moved by a programme of the best shorts on an eco theme. We’re currently putting together a shortlist of films: if you would like to nominate any please send the links to They can be campaign ads, fiction, animations, mini-documentaries… all genres welcome!
Above – the Gaia Foundation’s Wake Up Call.
Talk at Daunt Books
Wednesday 21st May – 7 pm
Keats House, 10 Keats Grove
Charlotte Mendelson & Sathnam Sanghera discuss their latest novels. can be purchased from the Daunt Books South End Road shop in person, or with credit/debit card by telephone (0207 794 8206).
Free Tickets for Gaia Event
Friday 23rd May – 7.30pm
Burgh House, Hampstead
Linda Kaucher will be visiting Gaia Foundation to discuss the potentially disastrous EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Tickets are still available for this event, and in recognition of the serious threat TTIP poses they will be free of charge for all guests.
Capital Growth Networking Event
Wednesday 4th June – 6-8.30pm
The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, N1
This networking event is open to anybody interested in growing food in London. It will include workshops and presentation to inspire projects to increase their profile and raise funds for their project.
Booking essential: more info here.
The Hungry Gap
Friday 6th June – Sunday 8th June
Bangor, Wales
The course offers an opportunity to explore what a mostly local, low-input diet might look like and how we can create mouth-watering variety within this. We’ll be sharing practical skills such as menu-planning, harvesting and cooking using mostly local ingredients; as well as supporting each other to move towards a more sustainable diet.
More info here.
Permaculture Design Course
8th-21st June
Llanidloes, Powys, Cymru, Wales

Due to a cancellation there is one place left on this two-week Permaculture Design Course, with an internationally recognised curriculum aimed at personal empowerment and developing a real understanding of the key concepts in design for sustainability. Full details here.
GROW London
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd June
Hampstead Heath

GROW London is the new contemporary gardener’s go-to, taking root on Hampstead Heath this June. Inspired by stylish European gardening shows, GROW London is a new concept in British gardening events: an urban, boutique show, with around 100 carefully selected exhibitors selling an unrivalled mix of plants, furniture and paraphernalia.
More info and tickets here.
Sign Greenpeace’s Amazon Petition
Rare Amazon trees are being cut down by criminal loggers and turned into luxury garden decking. And it’s for sale at builders merchant Jewson! The criminal loggers use sophisticated scams to give their illegal timber a legitimate-sounding cover story. If we kick off a big enough threat to their reputation as a responsible company, we could get them to stop selling dodgy wood in days, not months. Sign now to demand Jewson stop plundering the Amazon:
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