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Foraging for food in Trent Park

on Tuesday, 12 October 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Foraging for food in Trent Park





If you were in Trent Park last weekend you may have come across a modley group of people foraging in the woods and hunting for food. They were taking part in a 'Wild Food Walk' organised by the Parks Outreach Team. Andy Jones, who is a former Trent Park Ranger, who still lives in the Park, demonstrated the abundance of food that can be harvested for free, whilst out on a walk in the country, or in this case a country park. Borage, comfrey, dandelion roots, wild garlic, nettles, assorted fruits, berries, nuts and fungi can all be eaten from the wild, although Andy was very careful to point out what not to touch as well.

After the walk, the the wild walk foragers returned to 'camp' where Alan Mitellas, the Parks Outreach Officer had prepared neetle tea and elderflower wine for them to taste. The highlight was the rabbit sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Not one caught during the walk (they all got away!) but one prepared earlier. The rabbit was so overwhelmingly popular and gone inside of thirty seconds.


For those of you wanting to hone your Ray Mears survival skiils, The Parks Team is planning further wild food walks, details of which are published on n21online.

Andy is leading another walk on November 16th, entitled Unknown Trent Park, you can view the details plus details of other Guided Walks lin the leaflet here.


Value My Stuff Now

on Thursday, 23 September 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Value My Stuff Now

Most professional advisory services have migrated online, so why not the antiques business? Value My Stuff Now provides an easy way for you to get some idea of the value of your family heirloons or stuff that you would like to get rid of. It is like an online version of 'Antiques Road Show', staffed by experts from Sotheby's, Christie's or one of the other major London auction houses, for £3.89 per item.

All you have to do is upload pictures of your treasured belongings, including jewellery, books, stamps, art and memorabilia and they assign an expert to examine it and send you a report within 48 hours, with a valuation certificate.

Whether you are looking for a valuation for insurance purposes or to sell something, this is an easy way to get an idea of what your possessions are worth.

Let Freegle liberate your life

on Thursday, 16 September 2010. Posted in N21 Community



This week I have had a request from the moderator of the Enfield group of Freegle to put a link to the site on n21online. Freegle stands for ‘Free Giving Locally Easily’. The Enfield branch was only set up in September 2009 and already has over 7,000 members in Enfield. It is part of a not-for-profit with over 237 branches in the UK.





Run by volunteers 24/7, Freegle has been described as ‘ebay without the money’. The objective is to provide a mechanism for people to pass on useful stuff they no longer need and keep it out of landfill. To understand how it works you have to join and have your membership accepted by the moderator.


It is easy to search, you can even search by local area and a search using the N21 postcode showed that there are lots of active Freegle users in the area. The goods been offered and requested are diverse. So far in September N21 residents are offering a dehumidifier, furniture and carpets, baby equipment and kitchen equipment, whilst Claire is seeking ballet kit for her 4 year old daughter.


Once you are registered, you get a daily email of latest posts. For example today’s email contained an offer for a floor standing fan, which I have requested for my daughter’s attic conversion bedroom; a 26” Panasonic TV; a request for a Bass speaker cab or bass combo and a mini food processor. Also came news that the Apple USB keyboard has now been taken.


If like me you have cupboards, an attic, cellar and garage full of ‘maybe one day’ stuff, now is the time to liberate it to a good home. Posting is free and easy. You can arrange for someone to pick it up from you and do your good deed for the day. You can post the kind of stuff that charity shops won’t accept, including appliances, even broken stuff as there are people that will take it off your hands and give it a new lease of life. You can post pretty much anything, as long as its legal and not alive – you can’t offer live animals.


Freegle members can and often do recycle and find new uses for just about anything, such as old mattresses the fillings make brilliant insulation for building projects, sprung mattresses can be pulled apart and the springs pegged down on the growing area to grow strawberries, courgettes and anything else that would benefit from being grown off the ground.


Old doors, railway sleepers, odd bits of wood, pallets and old carpet for their allotments for instance. Hard core from building projects is expensive to get rid of and expensive to buy not forgetting the cost of hiring skips – Freegle members can and do offer or request building materials for DIY projects. Vehicles can be recycled for their spare parts or go to community youth groups who can learn to fix them, thereby learning skills for life.

The charity has won a fistful  of green awards, which you can read about on their website

Enfield Freegle encourages local charities, groups, clubs, schools and colleges to post requests for stuff they need. The group is keen to take the message into schools, to get the message pupils and also to their parents. Freegle members are working with a number of local charities for disadvantaged people; for example helping people who have just out of a hostel, to furbish a home, to get back on their feet.

This image, a screenshot of a typical morning posting summary, gives you a flavour of what it is about:

 Enfield Freegle held their first ‘Give and Take’ stalls this year at local community events, including the Enfield Autumn Town Show and the New River Festival, taking the concept offline and into the community and received a massive.


There is a link to the Freegle site on the n21online home page, give it a go, just make sure that you offer more than you take, if you want to cut the clutter!



Grange Park Horticultural Show 2010

on Sunday, 12 September 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Grange Park Horticultural Show 2010

Grange Park Horticultural Society held its 67th annual Horticultural Show on Saturday (September 11th). The warm afternoon brought a stready stream of visitors to St Peters Church Hall.

The Society, set up in 1941, as part of the 'Dig For Victory' wartime campaign, is still going strong, with most classes fiercely contested.  Whilst the show felt quaintly old-fashioned, seemingly little changed over seven decades, the Society is benefitting from the resurgence in popularity for home grown produce, a growing trend which is set to continue. Many of the winners are the lucky owners of allotments in Cheyne Walk, which are much coveted, with a long waiting list.

N21online is waiting to receive the complete list of GPHS 2010 winners, but special congratulations should go to Alan Grierson for his magnificent dahlias and also to Derek Florin and Mr Payne whose super-sized vegetables took many of the first prizes.



Brothers Jamie and Luke Grierson were the joint first prize winners in the Children's minature gardens class, keeping up the family tradition.

The Major of Enfield Jayne Buckland was on hand to present the prizes, Grange Park Horticultural Society has amassed an impressive collection of silverware over the years.

The Society is keen to recruit new members, to find out more contact the secretary on 020 8366 8426.

There is a lot we can learn from our local green-fingered experts.

The Majestic Plastic Bag

on Thursday, 26 August 2010. Posted in N21 Community


The Majestic Plastic Bag


WRAP, the government waste reduction agency released figures yesterday showing our use of plastic carrier figures is falling, with a 35% fall in bags issued by the supermarket chains in 2009. We are now using 6.5 billion plastic bags a year, compared with 10.9 billion in 2006. Whilst this is a commendable achievement, showing that people are starting to change their behaviour, this is still a massive number of bags, the majority of whom are destined for land fill.


All over the world governments are looking at ways of dealing with the scourge of  plastic bags. The Republic of Ireland introduced a plastic bag tax back in 2002, Bangladesh and some African nations have sought to ban plastic bags because they clog their fragile sewer systems. The Welsh Assembly is introducing a 7p tax on plastic bags from March 2011.


Modbury in South Devon became the first town in Europe to ban plastic bags in 2008.  The Californian Senate is preparing to vote to become the first US state to outlaw plastic bags. This short video, has been produced by an environmental group Heal The Bay lobbying for the ban. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, “The Majestic Plastic Bag” follows a “clever and illustrious” plastic bag on its migration from grocery story to its final home — the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way, it will tangle with “one of nature’s most deadly killers – the teacup yorkie” as well as “hungry sea life” that feeds on plastic.


Heal the Bay says 19 billion bags are used in California each year, creating nearly 123,000 tons of waste and costing up to $3.23 billion each year in taxes used for clean up efforts. It is a poignant reminder of the environmental damage caused by plastic bags.






Million Ponds Project

on Friday, 20 August 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Million Ponds Project

The Million Ponds Project was established in February 2009, to protect ponds, streams and lakes and to reverse the decline in the number of ponds in England and Wales. The project is being co-ordinated by the Pond Conservation organisation who report that the last century the number of ponds in England and Wales has fallen by three quarters, from around 800,000 to only 250,000.  In addition to this sharp numerical decline, Pond Conservation is concerned that 8 out of 10 countryside ponds are in poor or very poor condition and are under threat from pollution.

The Project has set ambitious targets, to ensure that there are a million ponds, albeit over a long timescale of 50 years. In the first phase it is aiming to for a target of supporting the creation of 5,000 new ponds by 2012, both in the countryside but also by encouraging gardeners to create natural water habitats. More than 50 threatened species rely on ponds for their survival and are a national priority under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and making clean new ponds is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect freshwater wildlife.

You can help by creating a pond in your garden with clean water and shallow margins to provide homes for pond animals. On the website there are guidelines on building a wildlife friendly pond, which you leave it to become colonised by wildlife naturally. If you get the conditions right you should soon see dragonflies, pond skaters, damselflies, water beetles and backswimmers, as well as frogs and maybe newts and water snails.

You can download the guide, using this link:

When you have built your new wildlife pond you are asked to register the pond, providing your Ordance survey grid reference. In the first year of the scheme more than a thousand new ponds have been set up, but there is still a long way to go.

It is even possible to apply for funding to build a pond, although this is primarily for the construction of ponds in public areas. More details can be found on the website, with January 2011 the cut off point for grant submissions.

Do we have any pond experts in N21 who might be able to offer their advice to novice pond builders?

Food For Free

on Wednesday, 11 August 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Food For Free



Walking around Winchmore Hill it is a bumper year for many fruit crops, with many trees already dropping fruits onto our public spaces, as well as in our gardens. Yesterday, I saw a man filling a bag with fruits from an overhanging branch in Old Park Ridings. He was only collecting fruit that nobody else wanted and is one of a growing band of free food harvesters.





Not Far From The Tree is a campaign originating in Toronto, now in its third season, which has set up a residential fruit-picking programme that aims to prevent locally grown fruit from going to waste. It co-ordinates teams of volunteers to harvest the fruit on trees whose owners are not inclined to do so themselves. Of the resulting bounty, one-third goes to the owner, another third goes to the volunteers for their labour and the final third is distributed via pedal power to charities and community organisations in the neighbourhood.


The project harvested more than 3,000 pounds of residential fruit back in 2008, followed by more than 8,000 pounds last year; so far, close to 2,000 pounds of cherries, mulberries and plums have been picked this year.


One to emulate in the residential gardens in our neck of the woods?




Improving Palmers Green

on Wednesday, 28 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Improving Palmers Green

Improving Our Place is a community group, centred around Palmers Green, which is starting to make a positive impact on the local area.


Here's how they describe their remit on their website, which is still new:

IMPROVING OUR PLACE is a campaigning group keen to improve the quality of life in and around Palmers Green, and which believes it could be a better place in which to live, work and study. Whether it's a greener environment with more trees and planted areas, better managed and safer traffic, a stronger sense of community and belonging, a thriving cultural life, or better local facilities and shopping, we think there is scope for improvement.

The group is working alongside local residents associations, local councillors and other local interest groups, to kickstart community initiatives.  It is focusing its attention on 4 main areas:


Traffic calming and improving the high streets, including Green Lanes;


The new Broomfield Community Orchard, in conjunction with The Friends of Broomfield Oark and the protection of street trees


Arts & Culture;


Biodiversity and open spaces


Supporting local business


The Improving Our Place team also did a great job in kick starting the Big Lunch in Palmers Green, leafleting in the area and co-ordinating planning and street closure applications.


Moving forward, the IOP team are keen to build on the arts and cultural events which are already taking place in Palmers Green, which already has an established annual Green Lanes festival and the Palmers Green Festival, held in Broomfield Park.


The group meets informally at The Woodman (backroom) on the second Monday of the month at 8.30pm and guests are welcome.

The objectives of Improving Our Place are very similiar to those of n21online and we are looking at ways of sharing expertise and resources to have more clout and reach out to more people inthe local area.  Areas of particular interest include ways of supporting our local traders, exploring the idea for a local loyalty card.

Make your garden a honey pot for bees

on Thursday, 22 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Make your garden a honey pot for bees


Take a leaf out of Sainsbury's book (read Sainsbury's to open bee hotel in N21) and take steps to help reverse the decline in bee numbers.

1. Make your garden more bee friendly by planting more bee friendly plants.  Honey bees like wildflowers such as knapweed, ox-eye daisies and sun flowers, which have simple, single flowers, eanbling them to get to the pollen easily, as they have a shorter proboscis than Bubblebees, they can't get the pollen and nectar from tubular plants.

2. Let your lawn grow longer and ignore the clover and daisies because they are an excellent food sourse for bees.

3. Next time you are looking for new shrubs and bushes to plant in the garden, think about Cotoneaster, also hazel, as the catkins of hazel are an important food source for bees in the spring.  Whilst Ivy can be a nuisance, Ivy flowers are important for them in the Autumn, to enable them to build up their resources.

4. Bees do make a bee line for certain plants, they have colour preferences. They like blues, mauves, violets, as well as white flowers, because these contain ultra violet which the bees are able to see.  Recommended plants include English Lavender, Salvia Nemerosa, Nepeta Six Hills Giant, Johnson's Blue Cranesbill's Geraniums, Scabious Chile Black, Verbena Bonariensis, Phacelia Tanacetifolia and Cerinthe major Purpurascens.

For a more complete list of plants go to
The Copella Bee Garden was a Silver Gilt winner at Hampton Court this year.


5. Herbs are another bee favourite, especially thyme, hyssop, oregano, mint and sage.

6. Support Woodcroft Wildspace's bee-keeping project, more details here

7. Join the growing army of urban bee keepers.  Enfield Beekeepers is a good starting point, they are happy to offer advice to get you started and hold introductory courses and honey tasting sessions. Read their profile on n21online here

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8. You can buy a bee-keeping starter kit from

If we have any urban beekeepers in N21 it would be great to hear from you. Happy to help you to sell local honey through

Every object has a story

on Wednesday, 14 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Every object has a story

Every object has a story attached to it, even stuff that gets donated to charity shops has often been previously loved. Here's how an Oxfam shop in Manchester is taking part in a collaborative project with an organisation called TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) to attach stories to the garments and objects that are donated to them.

People donating items at the Oxfam store were asked to tell a story about the object into a microphone, including when and where they acquired it and any personal stories associated with it. The audio clips were linked to an RFID tag and QR code and items tagged with a story were added to the shop's stock as part of the in-store exhibition.

Visitors to the shop used their own smart phone or a bespoke RFID reader to listen to the stories through speakers in the shop, and were invited to purchase the story-tagged objects.


The idea behind the experiment is to steer people away from thinking of an item's value as purely financial, encouraging them to realise the sentimental value of objects and (maybe) think twice before throwing things away.

Nice idea, why not pass the mesage on?

Sri Lankan Festival of Cricket

on Monday, 12 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Sri Lankan Festival of Cricket

The sounds and smells permeating Winchmore Hill yesterday came from the Sri Lankan Festival of Cricket, the biggest sporting event of the year in Winchmore Hill.

Thousands of Sri Lankans descended on the Paulin Ground for a day of cricket, food & drink, music & dancing and friendship, in glorious sunshine.

Now in its eleventh year, (the fourth being held in Winchmore Hill) the Festival of Cricket is the biggest social event for the Sri Lankan expatriat community in the UK,with sponsorship provided by the Bank of Ceyland and Sri Lankan airlines and other Sri lankan businesses.

The main event was a knockout cricket tournament contested by Sri Lankan schools' Old Boys Associations, with fundraising for a number of Sri Lankan and British charities.

The Paulin Ground was transformed into an exotic tented town, with numerous food stalls providing freshly cooked spicy delici fresh foods and drinks,


The Festival was open to all comers, not just the Sri Lankan community, so hopefully they will come back to Winchmore Hill next year, in which case it will be well worth a visit, (even if you are not a cricket lover). The Sri Lankans certainly know how to enjoy themselves.


Borrowing thy neighbours' chattels

on Wednesday, 07 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Borrowing thy neighbours' chattels


There are a number of articles on n21online about new services being set up in different parts of the world which offer people the opportunity to hire or borrow goods and services that they only need occcasionally, rather than buying. This trend not only saves money but is also very green, a good use of resources.

Here is proof that it can work. NeighborGoods is a service that allows its users to share physical items with other people in their area. Originally catering for people living in Southern California, it has now gone national, setting up across the the US.

The site contains a directory of stuff being shared and the option to create a wishlist for things users want. While borrowing and lending items is free, members may choose to verify their account for a small fee to build more trust into the NeighborGoods network.

This will obviously take time to build, if you live in Philadelphia and need a long ladder, its no good to you if the nearest one on offer is in Chicago, but it could work in a local area such as the Winchmore Hill postcode. It only takes a few willing citizens willing to join in and offer some resouces that other people might like to offer, or conversely put out a request for something they are in need of and we are in business!

The site has had some great testimonials:
Watch this video to see how it works:


Watch This Intro Video! from sparky rose on Vimeo.

If anyone is interested in helping to set up a local lending initiative let me know and we can set one up on
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Forty Hall Vineyard seeks volunteers

on Tuesday, 06 July 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Forty Hall Vineyard seeks volunteers

Forty Hall Community Vineyard is a new social enterprise, in partnership with Capel Manor College, established to produce a range of quality still and sparkling wines for the London market - thats us!

The project begun in May 2009, with the planting of the first two acres of Bacchus vines in Forty Hall Organic Farm, funded by a £132,000 National Lottery grant.

The vineyard is a community driven social enterprise and will provide educational and volunteering opportunities to a wide range of local people. It is run and managed by volunteers and will also form part of a wider college initiative which will establish the farm as a hub of local, organic food production. Any profits generated will be used to promote sustainable urban agriculture and to illustrate the 'field to table' production of local food.

The Forty Hall Vineyard Project needs your support!  Further funds are needed to plant up the remainder of the fifteen acre site and there is work to do in the vineyard all year: pruning in the winter, bud rubbing, mowing and weed control in the spring, trimming and leaf thinning in the summer and, of course, harvest in the autumn.  The grape picking each year will be celebrated by a harvest party for all the volunteers!


The wines will be made by expert wine maker Will Davenport, whose wines have won many awards and he is recognised as one of the UK’s leading winemakers.


The first bottles of wine will be available in small quantities in 2012.

Be a part of wine history by helping to establish London’s own vineyard.

If you volunteer now, you may be the first to get your hands on a bottle of 'Chateau Forty Hall' 2012!

Cakebook Flash Mob Picnic

on Tuesday, 29 June 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Cakebook Flash Mob Picnic

These days if you want people to turn off their tvs and laptops and turn up at your event you have to do
something pretty spectacular.

The EAT! Flash Mob Picnic, held in Gateshead on June 20th takes some beating.

It was organised by EAT!, with sponsorship from Newcastle and Gateshead councils and a number of other
commercial bodies, designed to celebrate these two Tyneside cities, through the medium of cake.

100 iconic buildings and structures, including the Swing Bridge over the river Tyne, were constructed by 100
professional and amateur cakemaking teams, from around the country.

The project was co-ordinated through Cakebook, a social networking site set up for the event, with recipes,
online workshops and videos.

To maximise the excitment the exact location of the venue for the 100sqm edible map of the city was kept
secret, with details of the ‘flash mob picnic’ location only announced on the day.

Here are some of the amazing constructions, which testify to the planning, co-operation not to say cake
engineering skills of the participants.

And yes they did get to eat the cakes as well!

Sainsbury's to open bee hotel in Winchmore Hill

on Wednesday, 23 June 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Sainsbury's to open bee hotel in Winchmore Hill

Whilst N21online's mission is to highlight new business and marketing ideas for small businesses, the big guys can't be ignored when they are doing something which is of real value.

Full marks to Sainsbury's for raising the profile of the problem we potentially face due to the decline
in our bee population, a vital part of the food chain and for doing something about it.

Sainsbury’s has recruited bee expert Robin Dean to set up and maintain a network of ‘bee hotels’
at its stores in London. The move is a part of the company’s initiative to help rejuvenate the country’s
dwindling population of bees.

Dean hopes that setting up bee hotels will help increase the ailing solitary bee population and give them
more insights on why the population has decreased so dramatically over the past few years. These bee
hotels are designed to offer an ideal habitat for bees to raise larvae, which are collected by Robin and
incubated until they are ready to be placed back into the hotel to hatch. The hotels will be situated on
the roofs of the stores that have been ear-marked for the network.

And in case, anyone is concerned about bee stings, Robin says: Solitary bees are different to honey bees.
They live in isolation rather than as part of a hive. They don’t make honey, so have nothing to protect,
making them docile and very unlikely to sting, so customers need not worry!

The first Bee Hotel is now open for guest bees at Sainsbury's Greenwich store and will be coming to
Winchmore Hill shortly. Sainsbury's head office has promised to let n21online know when it is put in,
so watch this space!

Here’s Robin Dean talking about Sainsbury’s bee hotels initiative: