Southall Park Orchard almost complete

The Southall Park Orchard nears completion. On 6th February more fruiting hedges were planted in another section of the park. These were complimented by apple and pear trees. Thanks again to all our fantastic volunteers.

Phase one of the Southall Orchard Project will be completed on 5th March 2016. The Mayor of Ealing, Harbhajan Kaur Dheer will return for the official opening of the community orchard.

Please join us at Southall Park from 11am. Registered volunteers will receive free refreshments.


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Shrubs planted at Southall Park

Saturday 23rd January 2016

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On Saturday 23rd January our volunteers were hard at work again. The next phase in the creation of the Southall Park Orchard entailed the planting of shrubs around the periphery of Villiers High School and their Multi Use Games Area. Students from the school were on hand to assist.

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What’s Next?

The Southall Park Community Orchard is now well under way but not yet complete. More trees are coming to Southall Park. The next planting days are on:

Saturday 6th February 2016, 11am.

A large number of fruit trees and fruiting hedges will be planted.

Saturday 5th March 2016, 11am.

Phase one of the Southall Orchard Project will be completed and the Southall Park Community Orchard will be officially opened by The Mayor of Ealing and other dignitaries. A new ‘interpretation board’ will also be unveiled. We expect over a hundred people to attend this event.


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Southall Park Community Orchard takes shape

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Pauline Buchanan Black, Lord Anthony Young, Cllr Bassam Mafouz and Cllr Julian Bell help the Mayor plant a mulberry tree. (Photo by James Morton)

On 5th December 2015 Southall Park was the venue for the planting of our first community orchard making the Southall Orchard Project a tangible reality.

The windy conditions did not deter the incredibly enthusiastic  volunteers. Over a hundred people, most of them local, turned up to help.  Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of the Council said “There was a real show of community spirit”.

In addition to help from Ealing Park Rangers and The Tree Council, we were also joined by members of  Southall Community Alliance , HANGOT, Ealing Council’s cabinet, local councillors and Dr Onkar Sahota of the London Assembly.

Pauline Buchanan Black, from The Tree Council enthusiastically declared  “The energy present could have powered half the national grid!”

By the end of the day the crowd had planted hawthorn, rosa rugosa, blackcurrants, raspberries, redcurrant, gooseberries, plum, apple, vine, kiwi and a number of fruit trees in the vicinity of the old rose garden.

Jitin Dixit, owner of Subway Southall presented a cheque for £1000 to help further the project.

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Cll Bassam Mahfouz, Cllr Ranjit Dheer, Cllr Julian Bell, Dr Onkar Sahota and Jitin Dixit join the Mayor as she prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon. (photo by Wendy Ho)

In addition to planting fruiting hedges and trees, many of those present joined the Sikh Scouts and members of Southall Transition’s ‘Community Clean Up’ group on a litter pick around the park.

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The Community Clean Up Group in action. (Photo by James Morton)

Following a brief speech from our Business Liaison Manager, Jags Sanghera, the orchard was officially opened by the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Harbhajan Kaur Dheer.

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Jags Sanghera addresses the crowd. (photo by James Morton)

What’s Next?

The Southall Park Community Orchard is now well underway but not yet complete. More trees are coming to Southall Park. The next planting day is Saturday 23rd January 2016. We will again meet by the globe at 11am.

To learn more about the Southall Orchard Project and get involved, please click here.


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Bhangra Disco Soup


What is a Disco Soup?
Disco Soup is an international grassroots movement to raise awareness of food waste. Disco Soup originates from Slow Food Youth Germany, who devised the concept – “Schnippel Disko” – preparing otherwise-wasted vegetables within a party-like atmosphere, which has since been replicated from Paris to Nairobi to New York. Disco Soup events have the goal of shedding light on the food waste problem, sensitizing people and having fun through cooking with food that would otherwise have gone to waste, sharing food, having fun and listening to music.

The closest Disco soup which has been held was in Kilburn in Brent. It brought together about 150 people from across the community. In the UK, food waste campaigner, Tristram Stuart has been an advocate of holding Disco Soup events in order to help get the community thinking about food waste.

We agree with Tristram, so were delighted when our friends at ‘The Rubbish Diet‘ approached us with a plan to raise awareness of this important issue. On 24th October we joined forces to hold our own Disco Soup. However, this being Southall, we thought it was good to put a bhangra spin on things.

The aim of the event was:

  • To raise awareness of the problem of food waste and the need to think about what food we all throw away.
  • To network the community so that good food which is being thrown away locally by retailers might be able to go to local charitable groups that could use it.
  • Get people talking about food waste in the Southall community.
  • Get local authority information and messages out to local residents about how to recycle food properly and increase food waste recycling in Southall.
  • Hold a fun community event which brings the community together on an important issue.


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Bring & Share

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On Saturday 13th June people came together to ‘Bring & Share’ ideas, experiences, passion, skills and – let’s not forget – food & drink.

At Southall Transition we believe the community has the power to solve many of its own problems. On the day, groups emerged around the themes that were identified from the feedback at the Grand Launch in March. These groups began to explore practical steps towards tackling issues such as food-growing, tree-planting, healthy lifestyles and more.

To find out more about these groups and how to get involved, make sure you’re signed up to receive our mailings.

We’re grateful for the use of St John’s Community Hall in Havelock Road for this event.

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The Grand Launch

The Grand Launch of Southall Transition took place n Sunday 22 March. We took over the Dominion Centre with activities, information and food. The programme was as follows:

Workshops from 2.30pm

  • Dr Bike – bike repair and maintenance (bring your bike for a free tune-up)
  • Seed sowing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Clothes upcycling
  • Healthy snacks
  • Secondary glazing for windows
  • Bread making

Programme from 5.00pm

  • Official opening by Cllr Tej Bagha, Mayor of Ealing
  • Presentations
  • Drama
  • Interactive discussion

Free vegetarian dinner from 7.00pm

The following groups and organisations were also in attendance:

A Rocha UK, Catalyst Housing, Ealing Council, Ealing Transition, Friends of the Earth, Hanwell & Norwood Green Orchard Trail, the Metropolitan Police, the Rubbish Diet and the Selborne Society.

The Grand Launch took place at the Dominion Centre,112 The Green, Southall, UB2 4BQ.

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The Story of Stuff

We have a problem with Stuff. We use too much, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. Together, we can build a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.

The Story of Stuff is a short animated documentary about the life cycle of material goods. The documentary is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability.

“You cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely” Annie Leonard

This film was screened as a part of the ‘Story of Stuff’ event on Thursday 16th October 2014.

The focus of the night was to help people to generate less waste & also save money. In addition to the movie there were up-cycling demos, discussion, free food & drink, & more besides. There were even some ‘goodies’ given away.

This FREE event was jointly run by Southall Transition, Ealing Council and HelpLink and was hosted at:

The Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall [UB2 4BQ]. Doors opened at 7.30PM.

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