Sound Nature Kim Harrison and Val Archer seek to co-create spaces where participants can fully experience the colourful journey of life in flexible, spontaneous, nurturing, empowering and non-judgemental ways. The emphasis of their work is on grounding presence by cultivating a balance of being and doing. During the spring and summer months, we facilitate outdoor sound journeys. These are co-creations with the elements, using voice, gongs, Himalayan bowls, flutes, chimes and an array of other instruments, all the while held by the sound of the wind moving through the trees. You can find out more about their work here.
Cob in the Community are a not-for-profit collective of natural builders, passionate about creating community structures in London using natural build techniques, local hands and local materials – primarily cob. We are currently working in partnership with Haringey Council to build a cob oven at Edible Landscapes this summer. Anticipating some spicy delicious forest garden pizzas coming this way soon…. You can find out more about their work here.
FULL LIST OF COLLABORATORS AND PARTNERS 2020
- We have strong ties with Extinction Rebellion (XR) working with XR Garden of Earthly Delights in Hackney to organise free permaculture and forest garden events, and supply plants for outreach. We are currently collaborating with the XR Garden and Hackney council on plans for the new Station Entrance at Hackney Central, featuring a forest garden. We are also working with XR Camden.
- Cob in the Community is partnering with ELL to deliver training and a new cob oven onsite
- Sound Nature joined us last year to offer ongoing sound bath and art therapy sessions in the healing environment of the forest garden. 2020 events in the brew.
- The Finsbury Park Beehouse is our artist in residence, partnering with Beethos to deliver beekeeping workshops in summer 2020.
- Haringey Council are supporting us to develop our current site, and other spaces within Finsbury Park. With special thanks to the brilliant Cllr. Zena Brabazon for all her work during our transition.
- We collaborate with the Redmond Community Centre, cohosting feasts and foraging walks, sharing resources and volunteer time, delivering workshops and helping with local community festivals.
- Capital Growth has supported us in many ways over the years, in a longstanding partnership.
- We are part of the Permaculture Association’s LAND network, The Forest Garden Network and Capital Growth and we have strong connections with many local organisations, including Manor House Development Trust, The Orchard Project, Spiralseed, Crop Drop and City and Islington College.
- Froglife run training at our site.
- Spiralseed runs PDC training on site and is involved in our skillshares.
- Tomas Remiarz, permaculture educator and author of Real Life Forest Gardens is a speaker at our skillshares, and has used our project as a case study.
- Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs runs foraging walks and training with us.
- We have close links with the Transition Town Network. Our organisation was formed as a sister project to Transition Finsbury Park, we work together with a shared ethos.
- Michael Stuart of Transition Town Kilburn joins us every year to lead foraging walks in Finsbury Park.
- The Orchard Project is a regular collaborator on educational events, and uses our site for training.
- Russell Miller runs the Tree Musketeers and is involved in Hackney Community Tree Nursery – responsible for many of North London’s fruit tree plantings.
- We do regular work with children from Skinners Academy and other local schools.
- Gemma Harris of Urban Harvest provides expertise and pioneering ideas in forest garden planting and cooking.
- Folk Labs continues to lend us their technical expertise, as part of their ongoing work to help local nonprofits.
- The Castle Climbing Centre is a wonderful venue for training, we continue to share volunteers, resources and collaborate on workshops.
- LEAP‘s micro anaerobic digestion unit helped to provide plant digestate which we use to build soil fertility.