Getting started on Food Growing this week

Getting Started this week on Food Growing in Your Garden or small space

Skills Sharing for Food Growing 2014  starts this week: You are invited to come along if you are a beginner, and want ideas on how to start growing, or if you are a more experienced gardener who would enjoy sharing ideas and advice on growing. The session is friendly and informal, and you can come along on your own, or bring a friend.

Saturday April 12th at 2.30pm at  23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 OUB, off Hatfield Road.  No need to book. Put the date and time in your diary now!

The session starts at 2.30pm and lasts around one hour.  You dont need to bring anything: please just turn up for 2.30pm.

During this time this week’s Food Gardener – June – will show you around the features of her small, town garden. She will share tips and ideas for growing seeds and preparing your space for vegetable and fruit growing over the summer.

In 2012 June’s garden was awarded best Sustainable Garden in St Albans District in Bloom competition and June went on to be a judge for this competition in 2013. 

a quick cup of tea

a slow cup of tea

The multi-purpose back garden which is about 10 square metres in size has raised beds for vegetables, minarette fruit trees, soft fruit trained on fences, herbs, planting to attract wildlife and a pond. There are several water butts and compost bins.

Turn up on Saturday April 12th at 2.30pm at 23 Gresford Close, St Albans AL4 0UB

Full Summer Programme Dates click here


Food Smiles have secured land!

Food smiles: Local Food for St Albans is a local project set up to try and establish a Community Supported Agriculture project in St Albans -

April Update – Land at last!

Food Smiles have accepted an offer of land from Hammonds End Farm! This brilliant news means that Food Smiles members are now getting ready to dig! They have agreed to start the project for 30 signed up members – who will be contributing two digging sessions a month. Those already on the mailing list will be offered the first places – If you want to be involved or help in any way you need to let the group know by 11th April – please email foodsmiles DOT info AT gmail DOT com

land for Food Smiles

land for Food Smiles

Donations Wanted!

  • There are 2 poly-tunnels on the site which require repairing and we need storage, certified organic seeds, tools and water butts.
  • We welcome ANY financial contributions to the scheme to help get things started.
  •  Also, if you have any spare tools or other equipment that might be useful, please let us know.

Horticulture/ Organic Gardening expertise- A small group will be getting together to start planning the planting on the site. If you have expertise in this area and would like to take part, please contact us.

Business / Financial Planning Expertise -  We are seeking people with expertise in business and financial planning or who have a legal background, to work in a small group to continue with these aspects of the project. If you would like to contribute to this group please do let us know.

Community Energy Wed 19 March 7.30pm

Community Energy – Let’s Talk!

Fleetville Community Centre 7.30pm

Presentations from two successful local Community Energy projects and a short film about Community Energy, and discussion.

  • GUCE – Grand Union Community Energy

  • Herts Energy Now

Come and explore the idea of getting a Community Energy project in St Albans.

  • What is a Community Energy Project?
  • How does community investment work?
  • Is it really no cost for the building using renewable energy?
  • What community buildings in St Albans District could make use of this?



Muscle Shoals Sat 15 March 7.30pm

Riverside Streets Community Film Club presents a special film night followed by relaxed evening of music with our resident Riverside Streets DJ! Watch the film, have a drink, a chat and hear more of the music that made the Muscle Shoals music studio so special.

Tickets £3/3 conc in the community room, St Albans Sub-Aqua Club, Cottonmill Lane AL1 1HJ

Muscle Shoals -Film running time 111 minutes.


Transition to a low carbon economy

Transition Beds, Bucks and Herts day Event - Sunday 23 March at Box Moor Trust

A day of Open Space Workshops facilitated by people who are using community based approaches to develop local solutions to global problems.

Places are limited so please book now:

The day will empower you to:

* talk to others about climate change and reducing carbon emissions
* develop a plan for engaging your community, including your local authorities
* be aware of the wealth of experience available, and how to access it
Workshops include:
  • Community Energy – (GUCE)
  • Energy Efficiency – (Tring in Transition)
  • Food Security – (Haddenham in Transition)
  • Personal Resilience (Andrew Davies)
  • Transition Streets (Transition St Albans)
  • Scaling Up (Transition in Kings)

Venue: Box Moor Trust, London Rd, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 2RE

Time 10:00am – 4:00pm  Book here:

Admission is £5.00 to cover costs

Please bring a packed lunch with you and/or food to share. Tea, coffee etc. provided.

Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes | University of Hertfordshire

Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes | University of Hertfordshire.

Do The Math – film and discussion Tues 25 Feb

‘Do The Math’ Climate Change film screening

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

AECOM House Cafe

63-77 Victoria Street AL1 3ER, St Albans (map)

Presented by Thinking Box St Albans


The latest movie on the terrifying new maths of climate change.

  • The 45 min movie will be followed by small group and plenary discussions.

    £5 on the door – 60 places, first come first served

    Parking at the rear of the building.