OpenFoodGarden Summer Programme Sunday 10 May

David knows his parsnips!

Come and see what fruit, vegetables and herbs can be grown in St Albans gardens.

Get free advice from the garden owners and other visitors to help you grow your own, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Spend an enjoyable afternoon in the company of others interested in growing food.

Sunday 10 May

23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 0UB – Sunday 10th May, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm.

This garden won the Bclose up yellow flowersest Sustainable Garden award in the 2012 District in Bloom competition. A vast amount of fruit and vegetables is grown in a relatively small space in both front and gardens.

At the front is a mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and growbags for tomatoes. The multi-purpose back garden incorporates shaded seating areas, planting to attract wildlife and a small pond along with three raised beds, pots and small borders. Here vegetables, salad crops, herbs and a wide variety of fruit (including minarette pear trees, apples, plums, cherries, greengage, fig, medlar, blackberry, loganberry) are grown.

showing visitors around

The garden has several water butts, composters and bins for leaf mould.

Gresford Close is a cul de sac off Colney Heath Lane, with limited street parking. Bikes can be locked in or near the garden. Several buses run along Hatfield Road (5 minutes’ walk away), stopping at Colney Heath Lane. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Garden visits are free: suggested donation £2 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.

Volunteers Needed

We still need people to help welcome people to the gardens, give out TSA publicity, collect donations etc, particularly at the garden openings later in the summer, so if you think you could help, please contact Romayne Hutchison on Romayne DOT Hutchison AT gmail DOT com . You would never be on your own, but we do need a few people each time, so an hour or so of your time would be really appreciated.

Elections only two weeks away! Candidates answer questions on sustainability

With the elections only two weeks away this is your chance to meet your parliamentary candidates and hear their views on sustainability and fairness.

Submit a question, or just come along and hear the debate. This event is open to all- bring a friend along!

Thursday 23 April 7.30pm – 8pm start at Trinity United Reform Church two minutes from St Albans City station – see you there!

BWH flierJointly organised by Transition St Albans, Global Justice Now, Friends of the Earth, Trinity United Reform Church, Oxfam

Transition Roadshow this Sunday 19 April in Berkhamsted

This Sunday 19th April take a day out in Berkhamsted with the Transition Roadshow – happening at different venues across the town.

It will be a great introduction to Transition issues – all welcome – with the opportunity to meet people from Transition groups across Beds, Bucks and Herts as well as people coming along to find out more. Choose specialist workshops on permaculture, local currencies, RE-conony, energy saving, and a discussion on where Transition is going next. And don’t forget the Transition Conversation with the inspirational Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition movement, at 6.30pm.


Book your tickets click here  or turn up on the day! Workshops and discussion from 10am till late. There will be food, drink, music and conversation. Make a day of it and enjoy the Farmers Market for your shopping too!Final2TRANS-LANDSCAPE-MOCK-2a-page-002-reduced

This event in Berkhamsted is one of four national Transition Roadshows in the UK.   Transition Towns in Beds, Bucks and Herts  have formed Three Counties in Transition to create a week of in-depth Transition.  The week will start in Milton Keynes on 18th April at their Green Fair, then the main roadshow day will be in Berkhamsted on the 19th.   In the evening will be a Transition Conversation with the co-founder of the international Transition movement, Rob Hopkins.  The week will end with the Ecofair at Tring on 25 April.

Come along for an informative and rich event – and bring some friends – see you there!

National Transition Roadshow – Sunday 19 April – Book Now!

National Transition Roadshow Sunday 19 April all day event – booking essential click here

Workshops/sessions on Permaculture, Re-economy, Regional currencies, Energy, Future of Transition, Talk by Rob Hopkins, conversation, food, drink and farmers market! 

 Click here to go to booking page. Organised by Beds, Bucks and Herts Transition groups – taking place in different venues across Berkhamsted – this is the perfect day out to explore more about Transition – meet other people active in the movement – choose your workshop or session or come all day and enjoy food and conversation as you explore permaculture, re-economy, deepening, or discuss the future of Transition.

Tickets – Booking Page click here:

Final2TRANS-LANDSCAPE-MOCK-2a-page-002-reducedSign up for day, morning or afternoon tickets. Charges vary: £5 morning or afternoon ticket;

£8 both; £13 includes Rob Hopkins talk.  Concession rate: £1 morning or afternoon or £3 for full day including talk.  You can choose whether to pay the full amount or concession.’

Elephant in the room at all pre-election debates

The elephant in the room that will be present at all pre-election debates – read more click to see Transition Tooting explore the issues of economic growth and political debate

Prepare for St Albans very own Hustings on Sustainability and Fairness – 23 April 7.30pm


St Albans Hustings on Thursday 23 April 7.30pm at Trinity United Reformed Church Beaconsifeld Road AL1 3RD

Your chance to ask your parliamentary candidates questions on issues of sustainability and fairness

Hosted and organised by St.Albans Oxfam, Friends of the Earth, Global Justice Now , Transition St.Albans and Trinity URC.

Chaired by Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Turn up early to submit questions at 7.30-8pm, 8pm start.

Keep it in the ground


Make Wealth History blog explores why Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian until later this year, has put the paper’s weight behind ‘Keep it in the Ground’

Originally posted on Make Wealth History:

Earlier this year the Guardian announced that it was going to be putting climate change ‘front and center‘ in its news  coverage. Editor Alan Rusbridger explained that the media, his own paper included, has struggled to do justice to climate change. “We prefer to deal with what has happened, not what lies ahead” he wrote. “We favour what is exceptional and in full view over what is ordinary and hidden.”

I can understand Rusbridger’s frustration. As this week’s column inches about Jeremy Clarkson attest, what matters and what constitutes news don’t necessarily overlap.

As a slow motion, long term problem, climate change doesn’t make headlines, despite being one of the most serious issues journalists will cover in their careers. So the paper has been trying to remedy that problem, for its own readers at least, and taken on a much more campaigning edge in its coverage this…

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The Green Kitchen


St Albans’ new Vegetarian restaurant reviewed

Originally posted on thelocalfoodie:

The Green Kitchen

Brighton and Bristol are full of cafes and restaurants that serve good vegetarian and vegan food but until recently we have been quite far behind in this trend. With the best-selling cookbook at the moment, Deliciously Ella, focussing on cooking with plant-based wholefoods, this shows how interested people are in eating well. Some of the independent cafes sell good veggie options but a place specialising in veggie food has been long overdue.

Heather Foster opened The Green Kitchen on Hatfield Road (near Oaklands college) in October and has now settled in and has many regular customers. The spacious, light cafe has plenty to offer anyone, whether you are looking for veggie food or not. I had a good flat white (Heather is barrista-trained) one morning, and if you want a decent cup of tea, home-made cake or soup, at very good prices, then I think you…

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