Category Archives: Food

Rose Hip Project

rose hipsRose hips contain 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. A nutritious syrup can be extracted from the hips by a simple process rather like jam making. Rose hip syrup is an excellent immune system booster and can be taken by the spoonful (like a medicine) or drizzled over cereals, cakes, bread, etc., or added to fruit juice. If we grow the roses ourselves, we have an enduring source of free, local, high quality vitamin C

What type of plant?

There are many varieties of roses that can be used for this, but research indicates that a variety of Rugosa (“Frau Dagmar Hastrup”) has a combination of properties that make it ideal for our purpose  –  disease resistant, large number of hips, high vitamin C content, attractive to bees and birds.  The variety “Scabrosa” has fewer but larger hips and can be a good alternative.

When to plant?

November through March for bare root plants, which can provide a crop this autumn

Where to get the plants?

There is a grower in Norfolk (Peter Beals Roses) that currently has about 70 Scabrosa in stock. The regular price is £12.45 each, but we can get a discount for a larger order. Enquiries are also in progress with Cultivate London about sourcing them locally.

Where to plant them?

Gardens, allotments, community orchards, waste ground, etc. These roses can cope with clay soil and partial shade.

How much space do they take?

The varieties mentioned above grow to about 1.5m high and about 1.5m diameter in clay soil.

How to make rose hip syrup?

There are lots of suggestions on the web, but we could create our own recipe sheet and/or hold communal brewing sessions in the autumn.



Happy New Year & January Film Showing

Ealing Transition wish you a very happy New Year.

2013 begins on a sobering note as bush fires rage during record temperatures in Australia, and the US National Climate Assessment reveals the profound effect that climate change is already having on the lives of American citizens. The authors of the report have not flinched from naming the culprit: “Global warming is due primarily to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels,” they state. The need for practical, local action continues to exercise our minds.

Sunday 27th January 7.30pm: Film Showing: A Farm for the Future

With the above in mind, we have decided to re-show this inspiring film about film maker Rebecca Hosking’s exploration of the challenges faced by modern farming.

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With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon to become the next generation to farm the land. However she is alarmed by how energy-intensive farming is, and realizes that a new way of working may be necessary

With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, she explores ways of farming without high inputs of fossil fuel. In the process, she learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy, low carbon future.

As usual, the film will be shown at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free however we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of screening. As usual a selection of warm beverages and cakes / biscuits will be served after the film so we can discuss what we have seen and its implications for our efforts in Ealing.

Happy Christmas & Edible Ealing Festive Hampers

Thanks to all who attended our festive get-together on Wednesday. All that remains for us in 2012 is to wish you a fantastic Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We would also like to bring to your attention a seasonal offer from the organizers of our box scheme, Edible Ealing.

Edible Ealing have put together a fantastic Christmas hamper including goodies made and grown locally by Ealing Abundance, W7 Emporium, Celestial Cakes, Bonasera Creations, Antonius of Apulia and Cultivate London.edible ealing

You will also receive all your seasonal organic fruit and veg requirements including sprouts, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, red cabbage, beetroot, lemons, oranges, and some other more unusual offerings.

The hamper will be available to buy at the next box scheme gathering on Friday 21st December (please note we do not deliver, but there are now four different pick-up sites around Ealing).

Details will be emailed to all box scheme subscribers early next week. If you would like to receive an order form on Monday 17 December for orders to be picked up on Friday 21 December please send an email to with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. It is also now possible to pay in advance by BAC.

For more information see or the Edible Ealing Facebook page.

Happy Christmas, see you in 2013!

Ealing Transition Steering Group