Call out for Artists -Proposal for Creative Event

Sustainable St Albans Week – Creative Community Collaboration – Call Out

Community artists living or working in Hertfordshire are invited to submit proposals to run a Creative Community Collaboration Event as part of Sustainable St Albans week – Fixed fee £1,800.

Sustainable St Albans Week 21-28 November 2015 invites groups across the District to plan and run an event related to environmental sustainability with the aim of raising awareness and engagement about building a sustainable future for St Albans District.

The week has been chosen as it is in the run-up to the Global Climate Change conference in Paris. It is organised by Transition St Albans with Friends of the Earth and the support of St Albans District Council.

Brief: We are looking for an innovative proposal that (i) brings energy, colour and fun to Sustainable St Albans Week – and (ii) will help to raise awareness about environmental sustainability in the District.

The project could be any art form using any medium. We are open to a project that could include sculpture, art, conversation, mixed media events, music, film, crafts, story telling, or other media.

The proposal will focus on at least one of the following themes of environmental sustainability: please see website here for more information on themes.

The project will work with at least 100 children and/or adults who will represent a cross-section of the St Albans District community including people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

The project will be of high quality and of professional standards.

There is a fixed sum of £1,800 for the event to cover artists, materials, venues and any additional costs. Payment will be made at the completion of the project.

Please see www.sustainablestalbans.wordpress.com for Full Brief and Information on How To Apply

Be Inspired! Open Food Garden Event this Sun 12 July

80 Beaumont Avenue, St Albans AL1 4TP – this garden especially welcomes children!

Sunday 12th July – drop in any time between 3-5 pm

A family friendly garden - children especially welcome!

A family friendly garden – children especially welcome!

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.

Suitable for both experienced food gardeners and beginners.

This long garden is both a family garden and a fruit and vegetable producing area. The garden is now entering its second season with its new owners, and is therefore a ‘work in progress’.  Come and see what an evolving garden looks like – children especially welcome.

Fruit Trees

To the inherited mature planting at the top of the rear garden, and apple trees further down, they have added two cherry trees, two espalier pears, tayberries and blackberries grown along fences, plus strawberries, raspberries and blueberries grown in fruit cages.

Vegetables

Vegetables grown in newly constructed raised beds (made from second hand pallet collars) include courgettes, mange tout, beans, carrots, plus tomatoes and lettuce. Various herbs are grown in pots. The front garden features a hazelnut tree.

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Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs. Suggested donation £2 for over 16’s. All proceeds go to Transition St Albans – a not for profit community group.

There is on-street parking. Bikes can be locked up in the garden.  The nearest bus stops are in nearby Beechwood Avenue, Sandpit Lane and Hatfield Road.

For more information and more photos click here

Fruit trees

Fruit trees

Graphic Design Volunteer wanted for Sustainable St Albans Week

Are you skilled as a Graphic Designer?

or do you know someone who is?

Do you want to be involved in something inspirational in your local community?logobelow

 

 

Sustainable St Albans Week is looking for a volunteer graphic designer to help us design our inspirational ‘Future Visions’ booklet and our Sustainable St Albans Week Programme for November. We will be printing and producing hard copies and e-versions of these publications and we want to get it right!

We know the work of a graphic designer takes time and patience and creative skills.  While we have had some success in raising funds and we are continuing to fund-raise for the week, we don’t yet have funds to pay for this work.

Do you have some time to help us on a volunteer basis with this important task? You would be joining a group of passionate, enthusiastic volunteers who are working together to get this week off the ground!

To see more about the week click here – and to find out more, or have a chat with us please contact us here:

Sat 6th June OpenFoodGarden from 3-5pm

Inspiration for your food growing!

13 Abbey View Road, St Albans, AL3 4QL – Saturday 6th June, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

OpenFoodGardensThis medium-sized garden near St Albans city centre is opening for the second time, after a successful event last year.  The top part of the rear garden is mainly given over to flowers, lawn and a seating area, interspersed with a few food-producing plants such as rhubarb, with herbs grown in a bed near the house.

Poppies and onions

At the far end the owners grow a wide variety of fruit (mainly soft fruits, plus a vine) and vegetables (including potatoes, broad beans, spinach, carrots, leeks, parsnips and onions).

The Shed!

The garden features use of various reclaimed materials, a tumbler composter and several water tanks and butts.

On-street parking is very limited; bikes can be locked in the garden. 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.

Be Inspired! Open Food Garden Sat 6 June 3-5pm

Inspiration for your food growing!

13 Abbey View Road, St Albans, AL3 4QL – Saturday 6th June, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

OpenFoodGardensThis medium-sized garden near St Albans city centre is opening for the second time, after a successful event last year.  The top part of the rear garden is mainly given over to flowers, lawn and a seating area, interspersed with a few food-producing plants such as rhubarb, with herbs grown in a bed near the house.

Poppies and onions

At the far end the owners grow a wide variety of fruit (mainly soft fruits, plus a vine) and vegetables (including potatoes, broad beans, spinach, carrots, leeks, parsnips and onions).

The Shed!

The garden features use of various reclaimed materials, a tumbler composter and several water tanks and butts.

On-street parking is very limited; bikes can be locked in the garden. 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.

Growing food

Birds Nest behind the ivy

Birds Nest behind the ivy

The Home Grown Food Group have started running this year’s Open Food Garden Programme and the first event in May was in the small, award winning garden at Gresford Close with a busy Sunday and dozens of visitors. We thought we would share some of the photos from the day with you….

This is the time of year to have a go at planting your own fruit and veg: whether you have a window-sill, patio or garden space there’s always a way to start growing food. And it’s addictive! Once you see your first lettuce start to take shape, that basil plant take off in its pot, or the broad bean flowers beginning to turn miraculously into a bean pod…it gets to you.

If you fancy seeing how other gardeners do it, the next Open Food Garden is on Sat 6th June at 13 Abbey View Road, and you can drop-in anytime from 3-5pm.  This was a very popular garden last year, with a fabulous view!  Get design ideas for your veg patch or see if anyone else conserves water in the garden as well as you do! It makes a great afternoon out; come on your own, or bring a friend. The events are very informal, with the opportunity to talk to the gardeners if you want to discover how they do it, or share your own thoughts on positive food gardening with the other visitors. Or if you prefer, you can wander around and have a reflective afternoon!

To find out more click here to see the website page for the 2015 Open Food Garden.


 

Discover growing your own!

Discover growing your own!

It's fun!

It’s fun!

Figs in May!

Figs in May!

Clever use of old compost bins

Clever use of old compost bins

 

 

Some like to relax with tea and conversation

Everyone welcome!

Everyone welcome!


 

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Abbey View Road garden

 

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

Join the Home Grown Food movement! Plant Extravaganza Plus!

Join the Home Grown Food Movement!

Wed 20 May 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre

This year’s Plant Extravaganza Plus! The only place you need to go for a successful summer of food growing – we do it to inspire you!

• Wide range of food plants/seedlings including herbs to take away
• Guest speaker Amanda Yorwerth – on Pollination
• Soil Testing available with advice from our food growers (bring a small sample of garden soil)
Free – donations appreciated.  All welcome – tell your neighbour; bring a friend – see you there!

seedlings

For more information see www.transitionstalbans.org/events/open-meetings/