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[Hillingdon] The Great Barn reopened, its past celebrated, and its land reconnected, to encourage community gardening and local food production

Harmondsworth is in danger of becoming disconnected and forgotten. The village, on the peripheries of Greater London, is currently bound by transport infrastructure on three sides: due North is the M4 motorway, due West the M25, and due South Heathrow Airport. Recent plans to expand Heathrow would complete the enclosure, effectively making a land-locked island of Harmondsworth. 200,000 vehicles drive past every day, and 90 million passengers fly over each year.

Opportunity to further encourage community gardening and local food production.

The Great Barn is reopened, celebrating its past, and re-connecting it with its land. This is an opportunity to further encourage community gardening and local food production. The barn is a place for public events and fairs, and its reclaimed land is open for large festivals and food production, and also provides a new home for the ‘Grow Heathrow’ project, a group of community activists in residence at a former nursery in nearby Sipson, threatened to be demolished.

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