April-June 2020 Seed and seedling giveaway

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

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 – walk right down to the cul de sac end.
  • Please follow coronavirus guidelines.
  • Check whether your selected seedling needs to be protected from frost.


In 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.

Latest update on the Community Centre project

On Monday 2nd March, the Cottonmill and Sopwell Hub committee met with the SADC Marlborough Pavilion Project Management Team.

As mentioned previously, the project is now at pre-construction stage. The council have also identified the funding, in principle, for the whole Marlborough Pavilion redevelopment project. The funding will come from a share of the capital receipt from the Leyland Avenue project (redevelopment of the old Sopwell Youth Club site) and an application to British Cycling for some additional funding.

To ensure the project keeps moving forward the council have agreed to fund this next stage, which is organising a variety of technical surveys and consultancy assessments of the site. Their results will be used to assess what the best development options are, inform the eventual design, and how to gain any necessary planning approvals.

The council have also appointed an architectural design service who have produced some concept designs for the potential new community centre. At the meeting we discussed these designs in depth and gave our feedback about what we liked and what we didn’t like in regards to the proposed layout and facility provision for our community’s needs.

The council will also be meeting with the other joint partners in this project over the next few weeks to discuss their thoughts.

We will continue to keep you informed as and when we have any new information available to us.