Lettuce be friends

A great fun morning was had by all last week at local primary school St Pauls, when Anna Maynard was invited in to judge the Dig it Club's annual food growing competition. The 'Lettuce be friends' project started in March when all 7 years in the school were given a different packet of lettuce seeds ranging from 'Freckles' in year 1 to 'Little gems' in Reception to 'Rocket'  in Year 5. Each class was also given a tyre and some good quality compost (we loove Moorland Gold) and was asked to grow as much delicious, tasty lettuce as possible.

So after a wet wet Spring giving way to a scorching scorching did the kids do?

Why we love front gardens!

Why we love front gardens!

Budgens London Food Fair

Last Saturday Transition Belsize set up a stall outside Budgens in Belsize Park for their London Food Festival. We sold copies of the Transition Free Press and we also spoke to passers-by, telling about our activites and the projects we run in the area. Many of the people we met live close by and we hope some of these people will get involved in our activities and projects later in the year.

Global Warming Song

Oliver Swingler, who grew up in Belsize Park Gardens, has shared this song with us, and here is a link to the Making Waves community choir singing it. We hope you enjoy it!






What can we do about global warming?

(to the tune of ‘What can we do with the drunken sailor?’)


Chorus:                  What can we do about global warming?

What can we do about global warming?

Fruitery now ready for Open Day

On Saturday, a group of us tidied up the Fruitery ready for the St Peter's Church Arts Week Open Day on 22nd June.

Despite the rain, the garden did need some additional watering and weeds have now been removed from the paths.The patio area has been swept and some additional screws added to the wooden pallet furniture.



Swiss Cottage raised beds attract public attention

On Saturday we ran a stall jointly with the Swiss Cottage Library promote green organisations in Camden. A wide range of literature was available and there was a lot of interest from passers-by.

We took the opportunity to water the Swiss Cottage raised beds and were pleased to see that the rows of seeds that had been sown a few weeks earlier, were sprouting (nasturtiums, broad beans, runner beans, leeks, cabbage and sprouts).

Festival of Neighbourhood

Transition Belsize is not the only organisation to promote the idea that setting up allotments in high profile public spaces is a good way to encourage people to collaborate to improve the environment.

A few stops down the Northern Line, you will find that the Brutalist concrete jungle of the South Bank has been transformed into a gardeners’ paradise. A series of allotments, created from reclaimed wood, has been erected along the Thames, in front of the Royal Festival Hall. Hopefully, we will soon be seeing the area blooming with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. There are also 200 window boxes.