Autumn Festival 2022

Come along on the afternoon of Sunday 20th October 2022 to help celebrate Autumn with us at the Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre, off Cottonmill Lane (AL1 2EF). From 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, we will have live singing, free pumpkin soup and bread (big thanks to St Albans’ Waitrose for their generous donation of pumpkins), and lots more, including a number of competitions for all ages.

Details of the Autumn Festival

Donate your produce to the local Foodbank

Image credit: K Swindells

The Foodbank donations box is now out at the stall on Leyland Avenue every Saturday until Tuesday.

Please consider popping a little something from your harvests in to help ensure Sopwell residents in need get some fresh produce each week.

There are clean punnets and hand sanitiser available.

Located on a driveway at the end of Leyland Avenue.

Please follow coronavirus guidelines and walk/cycle if you are able to.

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.

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.