April Newsletter

A call for growing site volunteers and Transition Belsize joins the Dementia Action Alliance.

Read the April newsletter here.

March Newsletter: Film-watching, food-growing, fossil-hunting

Happy spring! We’ve enjoyed a few glorious days, and it’s definitely time to get planting and growing. We have been given the use of a huge bed at the Heath Strange garden on top of the Royal Free hospital car park, just on the corner of Pond Street and Haverstock Hill, and we’re planning to plant flowers for children to pick, maize, pumpkins and beans (the Three Sisters of Native American tradition). Read on to find out how to get involved in this and our other growing sites.

Photos from Sunday's Mend-In

Despite the lovely sunny weather outside we still had a great turn-out for our first Mend-In skill-sharing session upstairs at the Steele's. A cashmere cardigan with a moth hole, a black dress with a ripped seam, socks with holes, a broken backpack: all were fixed and even embellished. 

Check out an album of photos here.

Look out for more skill-sharing sessions coming soon!

Belsize beer!

 We have now over 80 hops growers signed up and busily planting our Prima donna hops plants.

How amazing is that! Next step, keep our hops plants watered and loved, watch 'em grow...then let's all meet up for an evening in June to share notes (and beer!)


Don't forget to add those hoppin' pics onto our facebook page!

Crusty Bread in Your Home Oven

Fed up with artisanal bread that costs upwards of £4 a loaf, I started baking my own bread last year. The results were good but not astounding, until I started experimenting with the "no-knead bread" recipe developed by Jim Lahey from the Sullivan Street Bakery in New York and published in the New York Times. However, I didn't want to have to plan making bread a day in advance, and hunted around on the internet for faster versions.

Councillor Tom Simon on HS2: Final chance to have your say

There are only a few more days left for you to respond to the consultation on how HS2 will affect Belsize and Camden. The deadline is this Thursday, 27th February at 11.45pm. I urge anyone who has not yet responded to do so.

The biggest disruption for us in Belsize will be related to the construction of a ventilation/emergency access shaft right next to the nature reserve on Adelaide Road. This will be a major construction project, causing serious disruption between 2017 and 2024.

An Update on the Management Structure of Transition Belsize

Transition Belsize is an unincorporated association, whose constitution assigns management responsibilities to a Coordinating Group, made up of active members involved in the activities of the association.


Belsize and Kentish beer

Growing and brewing our own local beer!

We want to get local people making our own local beer across Belsize Park and Kentish Town. The plan is, we grow local hops in as many places as we can. They will be planted around March. Next September they will be harvested and used to make beer at The Bull pub in Highgate! We all get a share in the beer that is made and a tour round the brewery.

If you would like to grow hops, please get in touch! We need to grow up to 12kg of hops to brew 1000 pints!

Fancy growing your own beer?


Fancy growing your own beer?

Come and join us for an evening of festivity and film on Monday Dec 9, Grafton Pub,  in which after a screening of the acclamied short film, 'Best before' we will be discussing all things micro-brewery and even sampling a few of our very own homemade brews!

But best of all, we will be announcing our fab plans for launching our very own Belsize Beer next year and want to encourage you all to grow a few hop plants.

It's so easy to grow hops - here's a half pint description of how:

1. We all plant our bare-rooted setts in the New Year. Hops like a bit of a cold period (vernalisation) to get going!

The Butterfly Effect