Grow Community – Sopwell

 

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. 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. See more about what we do below:

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, WhatsApp and YouTube

What’s Coming Up…

Our Events

April and May 2020: We’ve got a selection of edible and wildlife-friendly seeds and seedlings available to giveaway, and always appreciate donations (please label them!)

Update 15/05:

Seeds: Pumpkins and sunflowers

Seedlings: Pumpkins, sunflowers, French beans, carrots, leeks, lettuces, redcurrant, raspberries, cabbage, chives, tomatoes, chillies, aubergines, cucumber, runner beans, courgette.

Also still some sunflower seeds left for The Great St Albans Sunflower Challenge.

Go on, give it a grow. #GrowTogether

Come along and collect after 10 am and before 8pm, every day.

End of Leyland Avenue.

Please follow coronavirus guidelines.

Check whether your selected seedling needs to be protected from frost.


Seedlings on a windowsill.

March 2020: #GrowTogether The Grow Community wants to support you to grow at home. We will be putting out a tray with free compost and seed packets for people to take away and plant at home. There’ll be an information leaflet too. We can then offer you lots of advice, and support you growing at home through our online channels.

Follow our step-by-step guides here.

Please email us or comment on the Facebook post if you would like to join in. We can then let you know when and where to collect the packs from.

Please be considerate and only take one set per family. And please stay safe, practice social distancing and wash your hands.


Attendees watching the Wilderhood Watch presentation.

Our 7th March 2020 event started with a fantastic talk by Nadia from Wilderhood Watch. The Community made seed bombs, planted up pots and had refreshments, including some very topical hedgehog cupcakes (thanks Sallyann).


A blue tit by a nest box.

A great turn out to our Community’s Love birds! launch event on 1st February 2020. Big thanks to the Ver Valley Society, who led on making the bird boxes that have now been put up along the River Ver. Lots of fun was had making seed cakes and sowing sunflowers.