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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.

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.

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!