Community garden welcome sessions

Welcome sessions 11am Thursday 3rd March and 11am Saturday 12th March, potted tomatoes, girl with gardening gloves, Communi-tea session, people enjoying gardening
Image credit: Grow Community – Sopwell

There are plenty of ways to get involved in our community gardening project:

  • joining in our working parties
  • helping at our community sessions and events
  • attending a workshop
  • litter picking and watering sessions
  • helping us make up seed packets, sow some seeds and nurture some seedlings for us until they’re ready for our stall or community garden
  • or simply joining in the conversation on our social media. We love to be inspired by what you’re growing at home, or support you with any questions you may have

Find out more by coming along to one of our welcome sessions at 11am on:

  • Thursday 3rd March or
  • Saturday 12th March

at Berners Drive community garden.The garden is situated at the end of Berners Drive, by the play area and the Abbey Flyer trainline crossing.

No need to book, just turn up. We’d appreciate you following current COVID guidelines.

Drop us a line if you can’t make these dates but would like to find out more at

Charity Quiz Night: Wednesday 1st December

Come along next Wednesday evening for the first of our fabulous fundraising events!

Steve is laying on a charity quiz night for us at the White Hart Tap with a delicious Sunday Roast for Two as the prize. Fun, of course, will also be the winner!

Get your team together for 9pm Wednesday 1st December, no need to book. A maximum of six per team.

The CaSH team will be there to let you know more about the Community and Cycling Centre and there’ll be a chance to win a deluxe hamper in our raffle.

Autumn in the Garden: Free online event with local food-growing experts

Local food grower, Sabrina Henry, with home-grown chard. Image credit: Sabrina Henry

Grow Community Sopwell presents: Autumn is here, never fear! An event to find out what you need to do in your garden right now.

Come and join us for this friendly Grow Community – Sopwell online event to explore what we need to do in our Autumn gardens.

  • Do you grow your own food – fruit, herbs, vegetables at home?
  • Wondering what you should be doing in the garden now that Autumn is here?
  • Listen to the advice from our local food gardeners – and submit your questions in advance, and on the day.

Register for this free event on EventBrite .

Amanda Yorwerth

Amanda has always loved being outside surrounded by plants. Although she learned much of her gardening from her green fingered grandmother, Amanda studied for an RHS qualification in Horticulture before embarking on her professional gardening career 20 years ago.

She’s added to her qualifications with a garden design course at Capel Manor and she currently works as a gardener in St. Albans.

One-time allotmenteer, she now grows fruit and veg in her own garden and loves sharing gardening tips on her radio show, Environment Matters on Radio Verulam.

Sabrina Henry

Sabrina, a Sopwell resident, is an experienced food grower, working at a Watford college helping a group of students tend to a plot of land, growing fruit, flowers, and vegetables, delivering both group and one-to-one training. Her current interest is in food growing with a focus on eco-nutrition, an idea she developed through her MA research, growing for nutrients rather than seeking them far and wide.

16 years ago, after tending to roses and jasmine in a shared garden, with a few tomatoes, rocket, mint, and rosemary, she decided to study nutrition at Westminster University. Deeper questioning about what ‘organic’ really meant led to a focus on local and seasonal eating, to embrace food with higher nutrition values.

As a volunteer on a permaculture site for two years, Sabrina learned permaculture principles on food growing and composting. She studied Horticulture at OrganicLea, then volunteered at FoodSmiles Community Supported Agriculture project in Harpenden. Nowadays Sabrina grows vegetables both on a shared allotment and in her home garden, together with her young family. She grows an increasing amount of medicinal flowers and fruit.