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!

Photo credit: Grow Community – Sopwell

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.


Marlborough Pavilion: View The Plans

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates and St Albans City and District Council (Design and Access Statement)

Some fantastic news in our journey towards getting a Community Hub for Sopwell: The full planning details for the proposed building at the Marlborough Pavilion site are now available for public viewing, and we can finally show you what the new centre will look like! For more information, view the Documents section for the application on the SADC Planning Portal (a good place to start if you want an overview of the building is the “Design and Access Statement” document, about half way down the list).

Image credit: Kyle Smart Associates and St Albans City and District Council (Design and Access Statement)
Image credit: Smith Jenkins Town Planning (Planning Statement, Marlborough Pavilion, St Albans)