Grow Community – Sopwell

Thanks to everyone who got their information from this page. Exciting news, we now have our own website! Find more up to date information at https://growsopwell.org/

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Grow Community-Sopwell is a local group of volunteers in Sopwell ward, St Albans, supporting people to grow their own food at home and in community spaces. Join our mailing list for occasional updates on what we’re up to. We enjoy a bit of cooking along the way – and love to involve all ages including children – in #GrowYourOwn. We enjoy putting on events about growing food and looking after our local community spaces to:

1. Promote the benefits of sustainable, localised food production.
2. Promote the benefit of reduced food waste.
3. Encourage and enable local residents to grow their own food at
home and in community spaces, reduce food waste, share surplus food
in the community and with local charity groups.
4. Promote wildlife conservation and restoration projects and
encourage local residents to participate in these projects.
5. Connect ongoing initiatives and bring the community together
through activities related to the above aims (e.g. growing and preserving
food, building infrastructure, competitions, providing food for local
events, wildlife events).

E-mail us at growsopwell@gmail.com. You can also find out more by joining our Grow Community on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

You can help support us by donating here:

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What’s Coming Up…

Our News and Events

Join our mailing list for occasional updates on news and events.

  • Sustfest 2022: Community Gardening Day

    10.30am-12.30pm Sunday 15th May 2022

    Make sure to pop the date in your diary!

  • Upcoming Grow Activities

    The April Sunday working party will see us planting up a ‘nectar bar’ to feed all our pollinators in the children’s area. Come along and help us plant this lavender hedge and other nectar-rich flowers. We’ll be making a start on planting up our sunflower tunnel as well – using the seeds from last year’s sunflower den. The children’s area is really coming on now! Please give us feedback if you and your children visit there.

    It’s the school holidays, so if you fancy it, bring the family down to St Julian’s community cafe on Thursday 7th to help us sow more sunflowers – for yourselves and for the community growing spaces. We’ll have other seeds available too. The cafe is held in St Julian’s church hall on Abbots Avenue. We can recommend the cake!

    Not long now until our popular Sopwell Gardeners[ Question Time. We’re in the process of finalising our panel and will send an email out shortly with Eventbrite details to book your place.

    If you’d like to come along to our working party sessions, drop us a line or simply pop along. We’ll need to collect a few details and brief you on some basic health & safety etc before you start lending a hand. 

    No need to book, just turn up, and no need to commit. We’d appreciate you following sensible COVID precautions.

  • Upcoming Grow Activities

    Lots to join in with over the next few weeks! Upcoming is our first evening session tomorrow (Monday 28th) at the Abbots Avenue Planters. Just turn up and bring gardening gloves, trowels, secateurs if you have them, and dress appropriately, including sensible footwear.

    #growtogether

  • New working parties for 2022

    List of community garden working parties for 2022 March 12th April 10th May 15th June 11th July 9th August 14th September 10th October 9th November 12th December 11th

    A belated Happy New Year!

    We’ve set out this year’s dates for the main working parties at the community garden.

    We meet monthly on the weekend for a two-hour session and also meet for a weekly tidy-up session on a Thursday morning (starting 17th March for new volunteers).

    We are adding new events and sessions all the time, so keep checking our social media and webpages for up to date information! Hope to see you there.

  • 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 growsopwell@gmail.com.

  • 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.

  • Grow Community – Sopwell AGM Minutes 2021

    Grow Community – Sopwell AGM 2021 attendees. Image credit: Kate Swindells

    Thank you to everyone who attended Grow Community – Sopwell’s first Annual General Meeting. There was fantastic cake, great conversation and enthusiastic people!

    Re-elected to the Committee was Chair Kate Swindells, along with Gail Jackson, Jo Cooney and Lee Wood. In addition, newly elected this year were Alison Shipperlee and Sonya Jefferson, bringing the Committee up to six members; welcome aboard!

    Here’s looking forward to another great year!

  • Grow Community – Sopwell AGM: Tuesday 28th September 2021 at St Julian’s

    Grow Community – Sopwell invites you to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at St Julian’s Hall, Abbots Avenue, AL1 2HY from 7pm.

    We’ll be presenting highlights of our Annual Report, summarising the amazing journey that we have made so far and what we are planning for the next 12 months. There will also be a spot of Communi-Tea!

    Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to seeing you there.

  • Grow Community – Sopwell: updated policies

    As our group grows bigger, we’ve taken the opportunity to review and update our policies. You can read and download our latest documents via our Facebook Group here.

  • CANCELLED: Communi-Tea 20th July

    Sorry folks, due to forecast bad weather, Communi-Tea is cancelled this evening. See you at the next one.