Debbie Bourne – The High-heeled Gardener
Thursday 14th May 7:15pm,
Highgate Library Civic and Culture Centre (HLCCC), N19 5DJ

High-heeled gardenerThe Friends of Highgate Library and Transition Dartmouth Park invite you to an evening with Debbie Bourne, author of the book ‘The High-heeled Gardener’. Taking place on Thursday 14th May at HLCCC, Debbie will be talking about falling in love of gardening and how she moved from fashion design to gardens. Now a successful landscape gardener and conservationist, this free event is promised to be a very interesting one!

Please see here for more details and to keep up to date with events at HLCCC


Transition Dartmouth Park Gardening Day
Sunday 17th May, 12pm – 4pm

HNCCTo celebrate the flourish of seasonal plants and vegetables sprouting at the HNCC community gardens, Transition Dartmouth Park invite you to our Gardening Day on Sunday 17th May.

Along with exploring our seasonal foods, we have a variety of family fun activities including seed swapping, wildlife garden tours, looking after your tools workshop and frog talks in the Secret Garden. The HNCC cafe will be open for visitors to buy drinks and snacks. This green-fingered event is also a chance for your to find out about how you can get involved with the community gardens, as the warmer months means we need more hands on deck!

Please email us for more info

Dartmouth Park Talk – All about soil

Monday 18th May 7:45pm,
The Star, N19 5DF

Soil TalkThe next Dartmouth Park Talk focuses on British soil, which is succinctly described as “the blood life of our gardens and UK agriculture”. Come along and celebrate our soil and join the debate on what we can do to improve and protect it.  The panel for this talk include:

Debbie Bourne – High-heeled Gardener
Ruth Pavey – Gardening Editor for Ham and High
Henritetta Courtauld and Bridget Elworthy
oward Sooley – Biodynamic gardener and photographer

For more details and to book your tickets (£5.00) please click here


IMG_0731Food growing at Highgate Newtown community centre

We meet regularly and all are welcome but please do email if you are planning to come.

For the last three years we’ve run a food growing space at the back of HNCC, where we have successfully grown vegetables, salad and herbs, and held growing workshops, and community meals. This year we’ll continue with the original garden but have expanded to manage six new raised beds in the second garden at the back of HNCC, to provide fresh food for the community centre cafe.

A further new growing space ­ for vegetables, herbs and edible flowers has started at the front of the centre, in the nursery playground. This is jointly managed by Transition along with other community groups. The aim is to use every part of HNCC, to let the council know how committed the community are to saving it.

Please let us know if you’d like to learn to grow food with us, and take home what you harvest.

Please also let us know if you would be interested in volunteering to help run a weekday growing session. Email transitiondp@gmail.com for more info.

Knit and Natter
Monthly, last Saturday of the month 1-4pm,
The Star, Chester Road N19

Come and join our regular knitting and chatting session.

Bring along any projects you are working on, and advice and needles will be on hand if you’re a beginner.

Children are welcome


Big Dig
Saturday 21st March 11am-1pm
Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden, N6

As part of a national day of celebrating local food growing projects, come and join us in Waterlow Park kitchen garden, and see the plot we have been working on for the last three years, with children and parents from Brookfield school.

All are welcome to get stuck in and we will be preparing the plot for spring and doing some composting.

Find out more on the Big Dig website


Autumn jam and drinks making
Monday 13th October

fruit_walk-250x180Learn to make jam with foraged berries from our local hedgerows – including rowan berries, hawthorn berries, sloes, blackberries, elderberries and apples. We will also learn to make sloe gin and rhubarb schnapps to give as fun Christmas gifts.

As the workshop will be hosted in Transition member Sara’s home, spaces are limited so please email sara.ayech@gmail.com for more info and to book a place.

The workshop is free but we are asking for a £3 donation for ingredients. If you would like to take some jam and gin/schnapps away, please do bring a clean jam jar, a small (quarter) bottle of gin or vodka, and an empty kilner jar.

Come harvest with us – lunch, growing advice & chickens!
Sunday 19th October, 12 – 4pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre
Bertram Street N19 5DQ

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Join us for an afternoon of fun to celebrate the arrival of autumn! Chickens will keep us company as we dig out the potatoes sown in the spring, we will host a variety of workshops for children to make crafts and take home, as well as a chance to learn about bees and talk to gardener Anita Gracie about how to best prepare for the new season. Feel free to bring along your apples for some freshly pressed apple juice as well as your seeds for swapping.

We will also have a shared pot-luck lunch in the garden so please bring along along something home-made or home grown to share with others.

Edible gardens Day

july 12 031Saturday 20th September
Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden

The food growing plot we started with Brookfield school is still going strong, maintained by children, parents, grandparents and Transition volunteers, during the weekly garden club we have run together for the last three years.

Come and take a lot at the plot and the rest of the lovely kitchen garden, as part of this day to showcase London’s food growing spaces.

York Rise Street Party
Sunday 14th September, 12-5pm

The annual York Rise street party is back with festivities for all the family.

We’ll be there with a stall, so do come by and talk to us about help with making your home more energy efficient.

The party will also have music, food and lots more.

Fun day at HNCC
Saturday 6th september, at Highgate Newtown Community Centre.

HNCC_fundayHNCC are holding a fun day from 1pm-4pm with food stalls, ceramics, a live band and plenty more.

Transition Dartmouth Park are excited to be joining the event, and showcasing the three gardens we have created at HNCC– two at the back for education and food for the HNCC café, and the new one at the front which is currently exploding into bloom with tomatoes, sweet corn, spinach, flowers and lots more.

If you’re at HNCC on Saturday come and say hello, and join in kids planting activities, container-growing advice, and a seed swap.

Restart e-waste party and film screenings
Thursday 10th July, 6pm-10pm
Arms, York Rise, NW5

restartAs a society we have lost the art of fixing things, and increasingly live in a world where electrical items are built to break. So we send our old items to landfill, and move onto the next and newest model. Well this is your chance to break the cycle. Join us for an evening of learning about electronic waste, and get things fixed at the same time, by Restart’s team of menders!

Screening of short film ‘The Story of Electronic stuff’ followed by speakers:

– Toby Miller (Author of “Greening the Media”)
– Ugo Vallauri (co-founder of Restart) talking about e-waste and reusing what we have.

Please bring along things that need fixing e.g. computers, laptops, DVD players, phones, watches and other electronic items.

Out & about at summer events in June

014 (1)This month we’re celebrating the sunshine by being out and about on stalls at local summer events. Catch us at Fair in the Square in Highgate Village this Saturday 14th June (on the Highgate Newtown community centre stall); all weekend at the Waterlow Park kitchen garden, showing off the plot we started with kids and parents from Brookfield gardening club (part of the London-wideOpen Garden Squares weekend).

The following weekend (20th-22nd) we’re teaming up with other Camden Transition groups, to run a stall at GROW London, on Hampstead Heath. Do come and say hello, and Or enter the code BEESBUT when booking tickets to get half off the on-the-door ticket price (£8 instead of £16).

Homegrown lunch and insect hotel workshop

Saturday 18th May, 1pm-4pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre

insecthotelInsects are our friends – we need them to pollinate our crops.

TDP is hosting a creative workshop for children and adults to make ‘insect hotels’ out of recycled materials to improve wildlife in the garden.

The HNCC Café will also be open, serving lunches from vegetables and salad we have grown in the garden.

Join us for this event and other growing activities for children all day!

Powering up North London

Saturday 10th May, 2pm­ – 4pm
Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road, NW5 (near Tufnell Park tube)

Together with our neighbouring groups in Kentish Town and Tufnell Park, we’re hosting this exciting event to explore how we could generate renewable energy locally, cut fuel poverty in the area, and be free of the price hikes of the ‘big six’.

Sign up on Eventbrite – tickets are free 

We’ll hear from those who have already taken this step: ­Agamemnon Otero from Brixton Energy and Repowering South London, who have started a community owned energy company and put solar panels on the roofs of local council estates; Millie Darling from Sustainable Hackney, and more.

There will be an open space discussion afterwards so please come along and have your say.
Children are very welcome and we will have kids activities so please bring them along.

Sunday 27th April, 3pm – ­5pm
Holly Lodge community centre, N6

Back by popular demand, we’re hosting our second Cakefest event, to celebrate cakes made with local, ethical and delicious ingredients. Last year over 70 people attended, brought cakes along, watched cooking demos and ate lots!

We’ll have:
– Desserts made with local foraged ingredients
– Hear how George Walker produced a batch of vegan organic UK­ grown flour
– How to reduce packaging (& cost) by making your own almond milk or oat custard

Please bring along a vegan home­made cake or treat to share.
More info here and Baking tips here

 Seedy Saturday & Big Dig
Saturday 22nd March

Seedy Saturday - 24th March11am-1pm – Waterlow Park kitchen garden
2pm-4pm – Highgate Library Civic & Cultural Centre, Croftdown Road N19

Come and celebrate spring with us. We’re starting the day inWaterlow Park Kitchen Garden with a food growing session from 11am-1pm as part of the ‘Big Dig’ celebration of London’s community food growing spaces. We’ll be at the plot we started with kids and parents from Brookfield primary school.

Then from 2pm-4pm we’re holding our third annual Seedy Saturday at Highgate Library. There will be a seed and plant swap, gardener’s question time with Master Gardener Anita Gracie, an inspiring talk from the founders of the Green Peppers Orchard & Forest Garden, started on the Maiden Lane Estate in Camden, and a seed-themed cake stall. There will also be the chance for children to join in planting wildflowers in our new biodiversity project in Highgate Newtown.

Please bring along seeds and plants to swap and cakes for our stall.

Transition stall at Parliament Hill Farmers Market
Saturday 15th March, 10am-1pm
William Ellis school car park

Parliament Hill Farmer’s Market are kindly allowing us to do another of our occasional stalls there.
Come along and have a chat and taste (or buy) some of our delicious Dartmouth Park wild pesto, made from local foraged leaves and herbs.

Film screening: ‘Vanishing of the Bees’
Thursday 6th March, 7.30pm
Dartmouth Arms, York Rise, NW5

BeesBees pollinate a third of the food we eat and contribute around £200 million a year to the UK economy, but they are dying in their millions. A lack of food for them will lead to shortages and rising prices for our food.

Come and watch this powerful film to find out why, and what we can do about it. Then join the after film discussion with a local beekeeper.

There will also be the chance to hear about our new wildflower planting project in Dartmouth Park, to create habitats and food for our local bees.

Transition projects for 2014 – open discussion meeting

Saturday 8th February, 2pm-4pm
Forks cafe, Swains Lane, N6
july 12 031Happy New Year. Did your resolutions for 2014 include eating healthier and more local food, learning to garden or knit, saving energy (and fuel bills), or getting more involved in our local community?
If so (and even if not) then please come along to our Transition projects for 2014 open meeting where you can keep all of those resolutions and maybe make a few more.


Christmas Give & Take
Sunday 1st December, 2pm-4pm
Highgate Library Annexe, Croftdown Road (by Brookfield school gates), NW5


Come along to our third annual Christmas Give & Take. Bring along plants, books, clothes, toys, and other items in good condition which you’d love to see in your Christmas stocking. Everyone will be given beans to exchange for things others have brought along.

There will also be kids Christmassy craft activities, home made cakes and festive treats. This is also a chance to hear about what Transition have been up to this year locally, and some of our exciting projects for next year, which all are welcome to join.

Please bring along something for the cake stall. Hope to see you there.

North London Energy Transition meeting
Monday 21st October, 7-9pm
Lord Palmerston, 33 Dartmouth Park Hill NW5 1HU

Daniel White (ex-Green Camden) works with a bunch of abseiling exterior insulation installers: a new technique, and new materials the can be applied to low rise domestic homes as well as BIG TALL buildings.

Alongside this, we’ll be winding up the current energy metering project, unveiling the winning team that’s managed the largest saving in its energy use. and talking about how we want to take our learning on from this.

Transition stall at the farmers market, selling local apple compote and hedgerow jam
Saturday 19th October, 10am-2pm
Parliament Hill Farmer’s Market, William Ellis School car park, off Highgate Road NW5 1RN

In keeping with the season we’ll be selling some of our home made produced compote and jam, made from locally picked apples and hedgerow berries.

If you are turning a glut of produce into preserves and are able to donate some jam or chutney to the stall in order to help fund Transition Dartmouth Park, please let us know. We’ll also have copies of the new edition of Transition newspaper, Transition Free Press.

Please come and help, or just pop by to say hello!

Weekday daytime Biodiversity Action event
Thursday 17th October 10.30-3pm
Highgate Enclosures, Highgate Road NW5 1PJ (just south of Parliament Hill School)

We’ll be working with the Green Gym and also the RSPB and/or London Wildlife Trust and a horticulturalist from Camden’s gardens contractor Fountains, to put up bird boxes, make bamboo cane ‘bee’ hotels and maintain existing bird and insect habitats. Also planting spring bulbs for early nectar for bees and other pollinators AND loading the leaf mould composters and spreading last year’s matured leaf mould mulch.

We are hoping to have a biodiversity habitats walk – and – talk led by the RSPB or LWT as well as 2 hands-on working sessions with the Green Gym.

Harvest tea and winter growing workshop
Sunday 13th October, 2pm-4pm
Food Growing Space, Highgate Newtown Community Centre, off Bertram Street, N19

Master gardener, Anita Gracie, will be popping along to advise us on what we can plant now to prepare for winter. We’ll be harvesting any remaining produce, including autumn salad and beetroot and having a shared harvest celebration tea.

Please bring along home made cakes, jam, chutney, scones etc to share.

Foraging walk 

Sunday 22nd September, meet at 1pm
The café in Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath

We will go for a walk and learn about local edible hedgerow berries including rowan, sloes, hawthorn and elderberries. Then we will

This is a chance to begin to observe the food growing all around us, even in an urban environment, and how we can eat locally and in tune with the seasons. Please bring a Tupperware container, and some cake or biscuits to share for our tea break.

Edible Gardens Day
Saturday 21 September, 8.30am-7pm
Brookfield School garden plot in Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden N19 5JF 

As part of Capital Growth Edible Gardens Open Day, we’d like to welcome everyone to our Transition Dartmouth Park & Brookfield School plot in beautiful Waterlow Park.

The plot has been maintained over the last two summers by an after school club we began with parents, grandparents and children from the school, working together with Transition volunteers. It has been a great success and is currently at its most beautiful.

Do come to look around the raised beds, speak to the gardeners, including some of the children, and enjoy the peace and warmth. The park also has a cafe and children’s playgrounds.

Film screening: Economics of Happiness
Monday 16th Sept, 7-9pm
Lord Palmerston, 33 Dartmouth Park Hill NW5 1HU

Join us upstairs at the Palmerston for a joint event with Transition Tufnell Park, to watch the award-winningfilm, The Economics of Happiness. 

The movie describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power.

At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

Read more at http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

Transition Dartmouth Park meeting and end-of-summer drinks
Thursday 12th September, 6.30-8.30pm
Forks cafe (back room), Swains Lane, N6

Transition Dartmouth Park has been going for nearly two years, and our events and projects have mostly been organised by a ‘core group’ of around ten people.

Now we’d love some new people to get involved and take up the discussion of what a more sustainable Dartmouth Park would look like; so some of those who have worked hard over the last two years can take a step back. So please join us for a post summer meeting to discuss how to move forward this year, share ideas for events in the coming months, and to celebrate all that we have done so far with a few drinks.

York Rise street party

Sunday 8th September, 11am-8.30pm
TDP stall, York Rise NW5 (including apple pressing from local fruit)

We’ll be pressing locally picked apples this Sunday on our stall at the annual street party in NW5, so look out for us if you’d like to try some delicious free apple juice. 

There will be a music parade for children at 11am, with the party itself starting at midday. The party also features a large selection of food, live music and DJs, plus entertainment, children’s art, face painting. Find us among the dad’s disco dancing competition, the fancy dress, dog show, book shop bus with discounted children’s books, auction, raffle and much, much more.

If you know of a local tree with spare fruit, or would like to help pick apples, please do get in touch as we’d like to make sure we maximize the use of local fruit and that none goes to waste.

Community lunch & food growing walk

Sunday 14th July,
meet 11am at Highgate Newtown Community Centre garden, Bertram Street, N19

IMG_0731This is the highlight of our summer season. Come and join the Transition Dartmouth Park growing group for a tour of local food growing spaces, followed by a shared community lunch and organic growing workshop. The plan for the day is as follows, but feel free to drop in whenever you’re free:

11am: meet in the HNCC garden, bring some homemade or home grown food to share for lunch
11.30am-1pm: walk to the other local growing spaces we are involved with:

The Towers, Dartmouth Park Hill
The Secret Garden, Doynton Street
Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden
At each site we’ll hear from those involved in growing food over the last year, and have the chance to ask questions.

Monday 13 May, 7pm (talk), 8pm (Energy Meeting briefing),
Lord Palmertson pub, 33 Dartmouth Park Hill NW5 1HU

Energy efficient lighting specialist, Paul Allen, will lead an evening of discovery into how the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs can make a big difference in our homes.

The talk will be followed by the next stage of our home energy metering challenge – local residents are competing to see how much energy they can save this year, and getting tips along the way from our experts.

If you haven’t joined in yet, it’s not too late, and you can help the climate while saving on fuel bills.

Saturday 18 May 10am-2pm,
William, Ellis Car Park, Hampstead Heath

Parliament Hill Farmers Market are kindly allowing us to do a stall on the 18th May. Come and say hello if you’re shopping that morning. We’ll be selling and giving away tasters of our Dartmouth Park wild leaf pesto, and we’ll also have some seedlings for sale.

Please get in touch if you would like to help out or contribute any spare plants or seedlings.

Wednesday 22 May, 7pm,
Highgate Library Annexe, Croftdown Road NW5

carbon nationWe’re screening Carbon Nation, a 2010 documentary film by Peter Byck about technological and community based energy solutions to the growing worldwide carbon footprint:

“While other good films have been about problems, blame and guilt, Carbon Nation is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.”

See more at http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/

Saturday 25 May, 1-4pm,
The Star, Chester Road N19

Come and join our regular knitting and chatting session.

Bring along any projects you are working on, and advice and needles will be on hand if you’re a beginner.

Children are welcome


Sunday 21 April, 2-5pm,

Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue N6
Come and bake a vegan treat at Cakefest. Watch demos of easy vegan baking, and join in. We’ll also be doing lots of tasting!
Bring along some UK-grown, organic and/or fairtrade ingredients. For more details, email info@LVE.org.uk Find great recipes atwww.veganbaking.net and www.vegansociety.com/
Voluntary donation to community centre and charity

Saturday 27 April, 1-4pm,

The Star, Chester Road N19
Come and join our regular knitting and chatting session!
Beginners and children are very welcome.

Sunday 28th April, 2pm-4pm

Highgate Newtown Community Centre garden food growing space, behind 25
Bertram Street N19

After a snowy start to spring, we hoping that by the end of the month it will be warm enough to plant seeds and seedlings outside. So please join us to continue with the food growing project we began last year, get ideas for your own garden or balcony, and meet neighbours. Please bring along seeds and seedlings if you have them.

Thursday 21 March, 3-9pm,
Old Town Hall, Hampstead NW3

The Transition energy group are working with Camden Council to organise a Greener Homes event. The Greenbuild Marketplace is a great opportunity to talk to architects and energy efficiency practitioners, and to look at different materials to help you save energy and money in your home. North London Transition Groups’ Energy Project will have an energy meter stand at the event.
The Marketplace will showcase new low carbon approaches to updating older homes for improved thermal comfort, lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions. The café will be open until 9pm.

Saturday 23rd March, 2-4pm,
Garden, Highgate Newtown Community Centre, Bertram Street N19

This was one of our most popular events last year and this one is set to be even better!
Come and celebrate the start of spring with Transition Dartmouth Park, see the garden we created last year at HNCC, and hear more about our food growing projects for this year.

This year’s events include:
Swap seeds and seedlings, and get spring gardening advice
Gardeners Question Time
Children’s activities
The chance to get planting
Tea & home-made cakes


The next meter reading for the North London Energy Challenge is due on Sunday 24th March. If you haven’t signed up yet but would like to save energy (and fuel costs) at home, join now to see how much energy you can save.

How? Read more about our Home Energy Metering Project

KNITTING Saturday 30th March, 1pm-4pm, The Star, Chester Road N19
Come and join us for a knitting and chatting session!


Monday 18 March 7pm, Corks & Forks, Swain’s Lane N6 We’re delighted to welcome Justin Bere, one of the UK’s foremost Passivhaus practitioners, to tell us all about it. You may know about Passivhaus from the new Chester Balmore development in Chester Road.
Justin has over 20 years post-qualification experience as an architect and is a founder of the UK’s Passivhaus Trust standard in the UK Straight after Justin’s talk, there’ll be a Transition North London Energy Challenge catch-up.Find out more about Justin and Passivhaus at http://www.bere.co.uk/who-we-are/justin-bere

Film & food discussion: ‘Detroit: Rising from the Ashes’

Thursday 28th February, 7pm Dartmouth Arms, York Rise, NW5
014 (1)Capitalism abandoned Detroit years ago, leaving it derelict and overgrown. Now, communities are being rebuilt through growing their own food in 1,300 urban gardens, and feeding those who do not have jobs or access to fresh food. This powerful and inspiring film tells the story of those who are taking control of their own food production.
Recent UK press reports say that consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables has declined in the UK as the financial situation worsens. The Transition movement aims to play a part in changing this, and helping people to eat fresh, seasonal and local food, regardless of income.
So please join us for a night of discussion and inspiration to start this year’s food growing season. After the screening we’ll discuss how Transition can combat food poverty and food waste in Dartmouth Park, and one of our growing coordinators Susan Seymour, will present our food growing, garden sharing and fruit harvesting projects for 2013.

Launch of Transition home energy challenge

Energy challenge launch event with Paula Owen Monday 21st January, 7.30pm Lord Palmerston – 33 Dartmouth Park Hill

To kick off our new home energy challenge – Paula Owen the renowned energy researcher, broadcaster and entrepreneur will be speaking about how we use electricity in our homes and how this has changed over the past forty years.

While working at the Energy Saving Trust, Paula developed government’s official household carbon calculator. She researched and wrote: The Rise of the Machines, Ampere Strikes Back and Elephant in the Living Room. These publications did much to aid the understanding of the role the residential sector plays in the increasing energy demand within the UK over the last four decades. In 2011, she launched eco action trumps – a fun and accessible life style changing tool in the format of the popular ‘top trumps’ card game.

Transition projects for 2013

IMG_0269On Saturday 12th January we held a ‘Projects for 2013′ open space meeting, to come together, review the projects we began last year and discussed what to take forward and what new ideas we could develop.

The meeting was well attended and we had a great discussion and loads of ideas which – with your help – we can make a reality this year.

We emerged from the afternoon with 5 main groups: Growing, Energy, Children & schools, Communication, and Making/Skills-sharing. We also have a core group whose role it is to oversee strategic development, plan larger events and support our project coordinators.

All of the projects we began last year will continue – including our several gardening projects, monthly knitting club, and Brookfield after-school food growing club. We’ve also just launched a home energy metering project. We plan to build on these with some new ideas, including cycling and even more food growing! So it should be a lively year of learning, meeting neighbours, transforming our community and having fun!

The Projects for 2013 notes are here, and the website sections will be updated over the next month with info on our plans for this year. In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved with any aspect of Transition Dartmouth Park please email transitiondp@gmail.com


Christmas Give & Take Saturday 8th December, 2pm-4pm Fresh Youth Hall, Highgate Newtown Community Centre

Give and take – Bring something you’d like to give away for Christmas – a toy, book, clothes, plants, some homemade jam; and take away something you’d like to receive.Local food tasters and cake stall – try samples of our wild pesto, apple chutney and rosehip cordial, and please bring along a homemade cake for our stall.Kids’ nature collage and card making – decorate your house and make cards this Christmas without harming the environment or blowing your budget.There will also be the chance to find out more about Transition – we’ll have a presentation of the projects we’ve started in our first year, including food growing at Highgate Newtown Community Centre and at school, garden sharing, crafts, knitting and our new home energy meter project. We hope to see you there!

Festive Green Drinks Tuesday 18th December, 7.30pm The Star

Please join us for drinks at The Star to celebrate the festive season and all that we have achieved in our first full year as a Transition community.
We’ll be joined by Highgate Green party for some wine and nibbles.Children are very welcome to come along (and yes we know it’s a school night, but very nearly the end of term!)

Knitting at The Star Saturday 29th December, 1pm-4pm The Star, Chester Road, N19

Our knitting club will continue over the holiday period, so if you’re still in London between Christmas and New Year, join us for a relaxing afternoon of knitting, sewing and maybe a glass of mulled wine.

Our knitting sessions take place on the last Saturday afternoon of every month, beginners are very welcome and we’ll have some spare needles and wool on hand. Children are also welcome to join in.

Whittington hospital staff gardening club begins!

This is a picture of the Whittington staff gardening club we have helped set up, together with Transition Highgate, during their first session last week, using the Transition Highgate bed in Waterlow Park kitchen garden.

We’ve been working with staff at the Whittington hospital over several months, speaking to them about Transition, permaculture and food growing, and discussing the design of their own food growing plot which is to be created over the winter, in the hospital grounds.

The club will begin by propogating herbs and perennials over the winter. They have been donated some plants by a local restaurant – Tootoomoo in Crouch End, and by the Edible Landscapes London plant nursery (run by Transition Finsbury Park). Do email us if you’d like to join them sometime: transitiondp@gmail.com

An economy for the 99%
Saturday 24th November, 10am-4pm
Camden Town Hall

Transition Dartmouth Park are teaming up with other local Transition groups, the Alliance for Jobs and Climate, Camden Green Party and Camden Friends of the Earth, to organise this event which aims to propose a path out of austerity that doesn’t leave the environment behind.
We’ll hear from national speakers and local projects, explore how to secure investment in green jobs and renewables and discuss how to scale up what is already happening locally.
We aim to emerge from the day with concrete proposals to take forward – from action which can be taken by councils and government, to practical tools for setting up local sustainable livelihoods, to protest and occupation.More details of the event are here.

‘Preparing for winter’ gardening work morning

10am-12pm, Saturday 27th October
Highgate Newtown Community Centre garden
Last month we celebrated a year of Transition Dartmouth Park and the end of our first food growing season, with a lunch and harvesting session in the community food growing space we have created at Highgate Newtown Community Centre. We were able to harvest and share potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn and even a large squash which grew in a container.
We’ll finish gardening for the winter at the end of October and are holding a ‘preparing for winter’ work morning on Saturday 27th October, from 10am-12pm to plant over-wintering vegetables and green manure. Please do join us if you’d like to help, learn or just see the garden.
Read our blog about the food growing project on the Transition Network website

Knitting at The Star
Saturday 27th October, 1pm-4pm
The Star, Chester Road, N19

Last month our knitters were out in force, and we were even joined by a few of the Highgate Perls (very skilled HNCC knitting group).We will continue our knitting sessions on the last Saturday afternoon of every month, beginners are very welcome and we’ll have some spare needles and wool on hand. Children are also welcome to join in.

Film Night – Energy Union
Thursday 1st November, 7pm
Dartmouth Arms, York Rise, NW5

Matt Black, the creator of ‘Energy Union’, a one hour audio-visual montage on the theme of ‘intelligent energy’ will introduce this film, which toured 12 EU countries and features music by DJ group ‘Coldcut’.After the film we will be joined by Prashant Vase from Transition Dartmouth Park’s energy efficiency group. Prashant will explain our new project – a home energy metering competition.

If you can’t make the film night but would be interested in having an energy meter in your home, learn how you can save on bills, and compare notes with other households in the area who are doing the same, please get in touch at transitiondp@gmail.com

Food growing at the Whittington

We’ve been working with staff at the Whittington hospital to form a gardening group, and to provide help and advice on food growing. The hospital has agreed to build some raised beds for salad, herbs and vegetables, and to allow the group to plant fruit trees.While the beds are being built we plan to meet and start some gardening with the staff group, at Transition Highgate’s plot in the Waterlow Park kitchen garden.We’re also planning a visit to Transition Finsbury Park’s plant nursery to learn about fruit trees.If you’d like to join us, or know any staff at the Whittington who might be keen, please email us at transitiondp@gmail.com

Planting an orchard on Fitzroy allotments
This autumn and winter, the Fitzroy Park Allotments Association will be planting a new orchard and maintaining their hedgerows, in an effort to improve the site both for nature and for human users, and they have asked Transition Dartmouth Park for some help.
The allotment population is largely retired people who also manage their own plots, any help would be much appreciated, and this is also a great chance for beginners to learn about fruit tree planting and maintenance.Potential volunteers can email us at transitiondp@gmail.com

Transition social
Saturday 8th September, 3pm-5pm

Forks (back room and garden), Swains Lane, N6

We’re moving our monthly social to a Saturday afternoon this month, so please do pop in after the farmers market, find out more about what we’re planning for the rest of the year, and let us know any ideas you have.

It’s also a great chance to meet neighbours over tea and cakes. Children are very welcome.

Weekly food growing in the HNCC garden
Saturdays 10am-12pm and Tuesdays 4pm-5.30pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre Bertram Street, N6
Over the summer we have continued our regular food growing sessions at HNCC and have harvested salads, runner and broad beans, peas and several kinds of spinach.Through autumn our Saturday morning sessions will continue as usual, and when school starts we will restart our Tuesday afternoon sessions.

There is lots to do, including planting winter greens and salads such as kale, beets, kohl rabi and land cress; making labels and pruning strawberries.

So please do join us if you’d like to help out, get gardening advice, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful garden.

See pictures of our progress here

Energy efficiency challenge
Monday 17th September, 7pm-9pm

Lord Palmerston pub (upstairs), 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HUWe had a great turn out at our meeting in July to set up a home energy efficiency group. A number of projects were suggested, including home draught busting with neighbours.
The first project out of the door will be an an ‘energy efficiency challenge’ – a competition between the Transition Initiatives in Dartmouth Park, Kentish Town and Tufnell Park.
We’re holding an initial meeting on Monday 17th September with a talk by energy and IT consultant, Paul Tanner, on his experiences of the metering challenge, and a discussion on how to set up the project. If you’d like to be involved at this initial stage of organising then please do come along.

Brookfield school barn dance
Friday 28th September (evening)
Brookfield Primary School, Chester Road, NW5

Brookfield school are holding their annual barn dance on 28th September, and this year Transition Dartmouth Park’s fruit tree mapping project will be joining the event with a celebration of local apples. Alongside the the traditional music, dancing and best chilli competition, we’ll be making fresh juice, apple bobbing and holding a ‘best crumble’ competition.

So please join us in supporting the school’s event as funds go to the PTA, and spend the evening dancing your socks off, and eating delicious food.

Our interactive fruit tree map is here – so please add any trees you know of.

Monthly knitting group at The Star
Saturday 29th September, 2pm-4pm

The Star, Chester Road, N19

Our craft group have organised workshops every month since the start of the year, offering tasters in knitting, sewing, herbal healing and costmestics making, and creating plant labels out of recycled materials. Their favourite was knitting, so starting this month they will hold a knitting session, on the last Saturday of the month at The Star pub.

Find them on the sofas at the back, please bring along any ongoing projects, and beginners are very welcome. There will be spare knitting needles and wool, and lots of advice from the more experienced.

Waterlow Park Orchard Project
Sunday September 16th 7pm

Friends of Waterlow Park have been working with the London Orchard Project to put together exciting plans for a community orchard in Waterlow Park.

The inaugural meeting is scheduled for  Sunday September 16 (at 7pm at The Bull on North Road). They need people who are willing to train as an Orchard Leader, as well as figure out what to plant in the orchard.

Craft session: Making our own beauty products and herbal remedies

Thursday 28th June, 6pm-9pm Venue tba

Come along and learn to make cosmetics and simple herbal remedies for you and your family, with Amanda Cook, creator of the great healthy living blog ‘Vintage Savoir Faire’. We’re planning to make facial oils, healing herbal salve, our own deodorant and maybe some face cream. The workshop will be hands-on with home-made goodies to take away.

We’re asking for a £5 donation to cover ingredients. Please let us know if you’d like to attend as spaces will be limited. Email transitiondp@gmail.com

Identifying fruit trees in Dartmouth Park & Highgate
Monday 2nd June, from 5.30pm

Join us on Monday 2nd July with Gemma Harris, from Urban Harvest to start identifying and mapping local fruit trees. We’ll be adding them to our fruit tree map (coming very soon) with the aim of beginning to harvest, eat and cook the unused fruit in the area, as part of a joint project with Transition Highgate.

Schedule for the walk (if you don’t feel like walking up the hill to Highgate then please join us at the corner of Chester Road at 6.45pm.)

17:30 Meet Jacksons Lane – junction of Jacksons Lane/Archway road
18:15 Arrive Entrance of Waterlow Park – Top of Highgate High Street/Highgate Hill, Opposite the Cote Brasserie (There will be a pause here to allow people to join/exit at this point)
18:45 After exiting Waterlow Park at bottom entrance on to swains lane – Arrive Holly Village – corner of Chester Road/Swains lane (Again a pause here to allow people to join/exit at this point)
19:30 Finish the walk at Highgate Newton Community Centre

Festival of Transition: Midsummer cycle cinema, picnic & imagining Dartmouth Park in 50 years.
Friday 22nd June, 7pm til late Waterlow Park – Hedged lawn by Waterlow Park Centre (not Lauderdale House) Entrance: Dartmouth Park Hill Lodge gate (not main entrance)

We’re celebrating the longest day of the year and the Rio +10 earth summit with a ‘Festival of Transition’ – a chance to come together and imagine a positive and sustainable future for our community.

We’ll start with a picnic, followed by a ‘visioning’ discussion to imagine a day two generations from now, and of how Dartmouth Park could look, generate energy, eat, work & celebrate in 2062. As the sun sets, we’ll power up the cycle cinema and screen ‘Paths through Utopias’ – a dreamlike film about communities around Europe who have already made their journey into the future.

The Festival of Transition is global and our neighbouring groups in North London will hold a variety of events including bike workshops in Primrose Hill and Kentish Town, screenings of ‘In Transition 2.0’ in Kentish Town, Primrose Hill and Highgate, foraging in Tufnell Park and a musical picnic in Belsize. For more info, click on the poster on the left to see it in full size.

Read more about the Festival of Transition.

Food space design workshop at the Whittington Hospital Monday 18th June, 6pm Whittington Green (by the social work dept, near Jenner building)

Whittington Hospital have offered us the chance to grow food on two plots of land on the hospital site. We are working together withTransition Highgate on the project, and hope to use this as an opportunity to engage the hospital staff in food growing. We met with staff recently to form a Whittington gardening club and there was lots of enthusiasm.

The first plot will be a vegetable and herb garden. We’re holding an interactive design workshop with staff to plan the space on 19th June and hope to get started soon afterwards. Please email us or come along if you’d like to be involved. Read more about our food growing projects.

An Introduction to Fruit Tree Mapping

Tuesday 12th June, 7pm
Upstairs at The Star, Chester Rd, N19 5DF

  Come along to The Star to discover how we as a community can identify, map, harvest and use excess fruit growing on trees in public spaces and private gardens in the local area. The evening will include short films, and speakers from the London Orchard Project and Kensal to Kilburn Abundance.

If you know of a tree in your street, bring along the address and we can add it to the map. We’d also love to hear your ideas of what could be done with the fruit, and we’d like to compile a Transition Cookbook with your recipes for chutney, crumble, jam, cider or fruit wine… contact Sarah Marks for more info: sarahmarks@ymail.com

Lunch in the garden and free container growing workshop
Sunday 10th June, 12pm-2pm

Highgate Newtown Community Centre garden, Bertram Street, N19

Come and join us for a shared lunch in the new community garden. See how the garden is growing and share our first salad.

Please bring along a home made or home grown dish to share with others. All welcome. (if it’s raining we’ll be inside the HNCC cafe, so please still come along).

Lunch will be followed by a ‘container growing’ workshop at 2pm with brilliant trainer Mark Ridsell-Smith which we’ve organised in partnership with Lissenden Gardens TA ‘Planting Seeds of Change’ growing + biodiversity project.

Last year Mark grew £900 worth of food on his balcony and small front garden in Chetwynd Road, and has pioneered vertical and container growing techniques. So if you only have a small space but would like to grow food, this workshop is perfect.

The workshop is free but it would help us to plan if we know numbers, so email us if you’d like to attend transitiondp@gmail.com

Film screening: Carbon Nation
7pm, Monday 21st May
Lord Palmerston,
33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HU

Get ready for Carbon Nation: a climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change!

As well as giving us the big picture, Carbon Nation features various people who are turning their lives and those of others around and overcoming challenges.

Come along to this joint event between Transition Dartmouth Park, Tufnell Park and Kentish Town. We’ll be upstairs at the Lord Palmerston to see this inspiring new film.
Note: this venue is not wheelchair accessible

Permaculture food growing talk
Thursday 24th May, 7pm-9pm

Highgate Newtown Community centre cafe

Rakesh Bhambri who taught our Introduction to Permaculture course back in February, returns to the HNCC garden to help us plan some next steps. He’ll also answer questions on permaculture solutions to a summer of drought (although it doesn’t feel much like that at the moment!)

The talk is free and children are welcome. Please bring a veggie or vegan dish for a shared dinner.

Craft session – Knitting
The Star, Chester Road N19
Saturday 26th May, 1pm-4pm

We loved knitting so much when we held our first craft session back in February, that this month we’re returning to The Star for another relaxed afternoon working on those neglected projects, and marvelling at the skills of the more experienced among us.

So please do join us, beginners are very welcome and there will be plenty of help, needles and wool on hand.

Stall at Parliament Hill Farmers Market Saturday 19th May, 10am-2pm Our favourite farmers market have kindly invited us to do a stall at their plant fair. We’ll be serving tasters and selling pots of our Dartmouth Park Wild Pesto to raise some much-needed funds, and we’ll also have some seedlings and herbs. If you’re shopping in the market that morning, do stop by and have a chat.

Inner Transition workshop Sunday 20th May, 11am-2pm Highgate Newtown Community Centre

One of the things which makes Transition different from other environmental initiatives is the focus on the internal changes we make as we seek to create a better future. It recognises that to live differently is a journey which requires a fundamental shift in how we think. This month we have invited experienced trainer Debbie Warrener to lead an Inner Transition workshop which we hope will be the start of a process of learning how to support one another as we change our lives and community. Read more about Inner Transition here.

Places will be limited so please email transitiondp@gmail.com to book. The cost will be £10/£8 (conc.) Please let us know if you require a creche and we’ll be happy to organise one. We will break during the workshop for a shared lunch, and everyone is welcome to stay for our gardening session at 2pm.

Transition drinks Wednesday 2nd May, 6pm-8pm
Forks, Swains Lane
Join us for our next monthly social evening.The first Wednesday of every month is a chance to find out more about Transition and how you can get involved; hatch future plans and make new friends, over a drink or two (or some tea and cake!).We’ll be in the back room of Forks and the garden if it’s sunny.Children are very welcome.

Gardeners Question Time Sunday 6th May, 2-3.30pm Highgate Newtown Community Centre garden

Our weekly Sunday gardening sessions continue this month, and since we built raised beds and filled them with compost, we have been starting to plant food. So far we’ve planted heritage potatoes, rainbow chard, beetroot, Russian red spinach, beans, peas, flowers, beetroot, cougettes, salad and herbs.

We aim to use the space to learn and teach others, so on Sunday 6th May, Master Gardener Anita Gracie who spoke brilliantly at our Seedy Saturday, will return to answer your questions.

Do drop by with any growing queries, and see our progress, meet neighbours and hopefully enjoy some sunshine!

Arts and Craft – Making plant labels
Saturday 28th April, 1pm-4pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre, sewing room (first floor)We held our second crafty get together on the last Saturday in March to mend and alter clothes, work on those neglected projects and made a start on some bunting for our events.Although most of us would happily potter along with textiles, we decided at our next rendezvous on April 28th to do something a little more seasonal.
We will be making plant labels using found and recycled materials.
Have you any old wine corks, broken or unused pots, bits of wood or leftover paint that you have been saving for something?
This will be a chance to get creative, make something attractive and/or useful, and maybe even donate something you have made to sell at our stall at The Parliament Hill Farmers Market on May 19th.
Please come along and join us on Saturday April 28th from 1-4pm upstairs in the Art Room at Highgate Newtown Community Centre.

‘Mission Compost!’
Saturday 14th April
We’ve arranged for 6 tonnes of municipal compost to be dumped on the Wilmot Dixon building site on the corner of Chester Rd/Raydon Street (opposite Highgate Library) and we’ll have from 9am-1pm to move it to our food growing projects with HNCC, Brookfield school and Brookfield estate; and we’re also giving some to the Waterlow Park kitchen garden and Acland Burgley school.We really need all the help we can get, plus bags, wheelbarrows, bike trailers, cars etc. Anyone who helps can take some home for their garden or balcony, so please do put it in your diary now.

Transition Drinks
Wednesday 4th April, 6pm-8pm Forks, Swains Lane.

Join us for our next monthly social evening. The first Wednesday of every month will be a chance to find out more about Transition and how you can get involved; hatch future plans and make new friends, over a drink or two (or some tea and cake!).

We’ll be in the back room of Forks and the garden if it’s sunny. Children are very welcome.

Craft session Saturday 31st March, 1pm-4pm Highgate Newtown Community Centre art room (first floor)

The first meeting of our craft and DIY group saw us knitting and learning to crochet in The Star (see photos on Facebook), and our March meeting will be all about sewing.

Please bring your own projects and a sewing machine if you have one.

We’ll also have some sewing machines, patterns and advice on hand, and a collective project of making some bunting to use at our events. Beginners are welcome.

Seedy Saturday – 24th March

12pm-3pm Highgate Newtown Community Centre, Bertram Steet, NW5

Come and celebrate the start of Spring with Transition Dartmouth Park, and hear about our new community food growing project. Swap seeds and seedlings, meet local food growers and get gardening advice.

Learn: balcony growing, unusual salad leaves & dressings, wormeries, making green manure. Kids activities: fresh pasta-making and the chance to get planting.

Speakers will include Guerilla Gardener Richard Reynolds and Tom Moggach – author of ‘The Urban Kitchen Gardener:Growing & Cooking in the City’.

The cafe will be serving an organic, seasonal, locally sourced lunch. Please come along, bring seeds, seedlings and plants to swap.

Transition Drinks
Wednesday 7th March, 6pm-8pm
Kalendar, Swains Lane.

Join us next week for the first of our monthly social events. The first Wednesday of every month will be a chance to find out more about Transition and how you can get involved; hatch future plans and make new friends, over a drink or two (or some tea and cake!).

We’ll be in the side of Kalendar which used to be Cafe Mozart.
Children are very welcome.

Arts, craft and DIY session on Saturday 25th February

We’re starting a monthly craft session to learn new skills and reduce waste, including: knitting, up-cycling, sewing, making soaps and cosmetics, and lining curtains. We also aim to put together a DIY tool-kit and hold some sessions on basic home repairs, installing energy efficiency measures and making some fun things from wood.

Our first session will be on Saturday 25th January, 1pm-4pm at The Star on Chester Road. We’ll have a chat and plan some future sessions. Bring along some cloth and needles/thread if you’d like to make a reuseable bag, and any simple sewing or knitting patterns you have. And bring your knitting! Beginners encouraged as help will be on hand.


Introduction to Urban Permaculture course
Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th February

Permaculture is the philosophy and practice which forms the basis for the Transition movement – that we can work together with nature not against it.

This two day course will outline the principles of permaculture design and how it can be applied to all aspects of sustainable living, including food growing, water use, waste and buildings. The course will include the chance for us to make a site design for one of our new food growing spaces – the garden at Highgate Newtown Community Centre.

Although we aim to make most Transition events free, the course will led by accredited Permaculture Design teacher Rakesh Bhambri, so on this occasion we will be asking for a fee of £40 to cover our costs. We have some concessionary places available for those on low incomes. Children are welcome to attend for free.

Please email transitiondp@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.


Film night ‘A Farm for the Future’
Wednesday 1st February, 7pm
Dartmouth Arms, York Rise, NW5
Free entry

February will be our food and permaculture month as we use the last month of Winter to learn and prepare for the seed-planting season in Spring, and get ready to start our local food growing project.

‘A Farm for the Future’ is a beautiful film documenting one woman’s exploration of how the UK can feed itself without depending on fossil fuels like oil. Her journey across the English and Welsh countryside takes in a range of techniques that maintain biodiversity while producing high yields, including orchards and forest gardens.

The film will be followed with a discussion led by Urban Permaculture teacher Rakesh Bhambri and a presentation on our food growing plans for this year, so please come along and be inspired.


Setting up new projects meeting
Saturday 7th January, 10am-12pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre – cafe

If your new year’s resolution will be to eat more locally, get out in the garden, finally start cycling and drive less, or to switch to energy efficient lightbulbs, then start 2012 in the right way by coming along to our projects ‘open space’ and finding others to join you in those low-carbon lifestyle changes.

Transition Initiatives create practical, high visibility examples in their communities which can show people what a low energy future could look like. When we do things together we can share skills from other, learn what works and make cutting carbon a lot more positive and enjoyable.

Some examples of projects started by other Transition Initiatives are:
Community food growing, cycle training, sash window ‘draught busting’, local fruit tree mapping, foraging and wild food cooking, vegetable bag schemes, sewing and knitting clubs, and kids creative sessions.

We have lots of ideas for projects but can’t wait to hear yours. We’re holding an ‘open space’ meeting because this is a way that everyone can shout out project ideas, form groups to discuss them, and come back together at the end over tea and cake to share what we want to go ahead with.

Hope to see you there.



Launch Event – Saturday 3rd December, 2pm-4pm
Come along to our Christmas themed launch event
Highgate Newtown Community Centre (Fresh Youth Academy hall)

Give and take – bring something you’d like to give away for Christmas e.g. a used toy, book, clothes, some homemade jam, and take away something you’d like to receive.
Local food tasters and cake stall – try samples of our wild pesto, apple chutney and rosehip cordial, and please bring along a homemade cake for our stall.
Kids recycled christmas decoration making – decorate your house this Christmas without harming the environment or blowing your budget.

There will also be a chance to find out more about the Transition movement with speakers from neighbouring Transition groups, and what we are planning in Dartmouth Park, so please do come along.


Film screening of ‘In Transition’
Wednesday 9th November, 7.30pm
Dartmouth Arms, York Rise

This Wednesday we’re having our first ever film night at the Dartmouth Arms, who are kindly letting us use their space for free. We’ll be showing ‘In Transition’ – which explains the impetus behind the Transition Movement and its rapid growth, and which features footage and interviews from groups in towns, cities and villages across the country. The film will be followed by a talk by Jo Homan from Transition Finsbury Park, and a discussion on climate change and oil. It will also be a great chance for us to meet and talk about what we hope to do in Dartmouth Park, so please come along.



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