Saturday, 15 January 2011


The next Sustottenham Skill Share event is on Sunday 6 February 2011, 1-5pm at Tottenham Chances, 399 High Road, N17 6QN. The theme will be transport and energy and the event is coupled with Haringey's Annual Seed Swap. The event is free.

Full programme to be posted soon, but here's a taster of what to expect:

  • Get your bike fixed and brought up to peak performance by Dr Bike
  • Cycle training tasters (weather permitting)
  • Your local car club explained
  • A presentation on DIY draught-busting
  • How to make money by installing solar energy on your house
  • A presentation by a free solar energy installer (they put up the money, you get discounted electricity bills)
  • Take part in an audit of Tottenham High Road
  • Information stall
  • The latest Transition Books at cost prices
  • Free puncture repair kits

Friday, 14 January 2011

Seed Saving Workshop?

Summer 2011 – July to October

Why not hold a

Seed Saving Workshop?

We start with a relaxed introduction and scene-setting discussion, over a cuppa and refreshments:

* Who are we all – welcomes and introductions

* Why save seeds? Local and traditional varieties; lore, law and culture of seed-saving

Out into the host garden to look at:

* Choosing which seeds to save – good species and plants

* When and how to collect the seeds

* Selecting and improving your own varieties

Final session, over refreshments again:

* How to clean, process and store seeds

* What else to do with saved seeds – seed swaps, seed arts, edible seeds…

Practical activities will be based on the plants growing in the host garden, weather and stage of season. These are ‘knowledge-sharing’ sessions, which encourage participants to share their own experience as gardeners, tips and lore. They work best with small groups (6-12 participants).

You can run your own seed-saving workshop, or invite Seven Sisters Permaculture to lead it – offered free, donation to Growing In Haringey appreciated. You will need to provide: comfortable indoor space for initial and final discussion; refreshments; garden. Participants can be invited to bring along: samples of plants from their own garden; paper bags/envelopes; rubber bands/string; pen and notebook (cameras optional), sensible footwear. Gardening gloves and seccateurs can come in handy. Two hour session.

2012 Haringey Seed Swap – Sun 11 February

7SPC is part of the Growing in Haringey and Sustainable Haringey networks

Become a London Leader | London Leaders | LSDC

Become a London Leader | London Leaders | LSDC: "Applications for the 2011 London Leaders programme are now open.

The 2011 programme will run from February 2011 to February 2012.

Successful London Leaders will receive bespoke support from the London Sustainable Development Commission and London Leaders programme team at the GLA to develop and deliver a project that demonstrates sustainability in action."