‘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).
You can help support us by donating here:
What’s Coming Up…
Our News and Events
Join our mailing list for occasional updates on news and events.
- 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.
- Open Food Gardens: Come And Visit This Sunday
Find out more about Grow Community – Sopwell’s community garden and our other projects at our Open Food Gardens event 10.30am to 12.30pm this Sunday morning (11th July). See what we’ve achieved so far and what are plans are. There will be cake!
Find us at the end of Berners Drive, next to the railway crossing and play area.
Please walk, cycle or use public transport if you are able to.
Find out more about Sustainable St Albans’ Open Food Gardens event here.
Our first drop-in Communi-Tea is Tuesday 15th June 7-8.30pm.
You are all warmly welcomed to drop-in to the Berners Drive Community Garden for Communi-Tea! Come and have a cuppa and a chat, and let us show you round, answer your #growyourownfood and wildlife gardening questions, meet new folks and old friends.
You are also welcome to bring a bit of rainwater for the veg beds if you can!
We’re hosting Communi-Tea on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in summer between 7pm and 8.30pm.
Please adhere to social distancing until guidance is updated.
Bring your own cuppa.
Strictly no alcohol.
We are limited to 30 on the site at the moment.
- Pop-up Bank Holiday Seedling Stalls: Find Your Nearest
Our bank holiday weekend pop-up seedlings stalls are a last minute idea for SustFest21! Check out this map to find your nearest one, and go over to grab whatever you’d like to have a go at growing – from Friday afternoon till Monday.
- Grow Community – Sopwell Family Trail
Grow Community – Sopwell have published a Trail taking in some of Sopwell’s green spaces, wildlife friendly havens and community gardens. Originally launched as part of the St Albans Sustainability Festival 2021, the Trail is now available to download on an on-going basis. Use our map to find the Blue Hearts and collect clues along the way. Download your leaflet with more information and a copy of the map here!
- Community Garden Opening on 16th May: Planting Slots Open For Booking!
We’re finally there! Grow Community – Sopwell are excited to announce the opening of the Community Garden on Sunday 16th May 2021.
Work has already been taking place at the site to level the ground, ready for the raised beds. These will then be filled with topsoil and compost ready for the main event.
What will be happening on the Sunday? We have opened a number of managed 15-minute time slots, where you can sign up to come along and plant one of the first batches of seedlings in the beds. To avoid queueing, you can sign up to plant a seedling here:
Cupcakes and refreshments will be available.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Note: Please note that the community launch day is Sunday 16th May. We apologize that in the SRA newsletter we have made an error and had put 17th May.
- Community Growing Working Parties
We’re starting monthly working parties at our two sites of the Abbots Avenue West planters and the new Berners Drive Community Garden. Email us at growsopwell
@gmail.com for more information on how to take part.
- Community Garden news
We’re half way through our Zoom community engagement sessions with Alison Findlay and Claire Davitt from the RHS, to help design our garden. Delivering this content by Zoom is new to the RHS, but we’ve been really impressed with the delivery and so very, very grateful for their help!
We know Zoom isn’t for everyone, or the timings don’t suit, so do get in touch if you’d like to be more involved with the design process offline. We’d really love your input.
More details on what we’ve been covering in the Zoom sessions and how to get involved can be found here . Do watch the videos for inspiration, contribute to the polls and work up a design for us! Keep an eye out here, on social media and in the next newsletter to find out more of our progress on the garden. We’ll be turning it into reality in the very near future. Exciting!