You’re in the middle of a whirlwind…

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Ever wondered what a whirlwind looks like? Well, if you’re a supporter of @SuStAinableStAlb Week then you’re in the middle of one!whirlwind

We’ve just heard that SuStAinable StAlbans Week has been nominated for, and are finalists in the Herts Ad Community Awardscategory ‘Great and Green’! The award ceremony is on Tues 8th September and the team are very honoured and excited to be attending on behalf of the 80+ organisations, businesses, schools, faith groups and community groups..and some individuals and families that have pledged their support to  this first ever Sustainable St Albans Week.

Imaginative Ideas from St Albans District community

We can’t believe how many imaginative ideas from the St Albans District Community are coming forward..

  • From a sustainable business breakfast for local businesses …to an arts exhibition on the theme of International Toilet Day (!)..
  • a nature walk along the River Ver …to a special opening of…

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Open Food Garden Tues 11 Aug 3-5pm – see you there!

104 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4XE – Tuesday 11th August, drop in anytime between 3-5 pm

garlicCome 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, create new designs for food beds, and share tips.

Herbs in flower

This is a large garden with much to interest those wishing to grow food as well as lawn, established shrubs, plants, trees and a seating area.

For more information click here

See you there!

Be Inspired! OpenFood Garden this Tuesday 11 August

Why not come along this Tuesday?

104 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans, AL1 4XE – you are invited to drop in anytime between 3 – 5pm.

Blackberry 'Helen'

Blackberry ‘Helen’

Enjoy this informal afternoon in the company of our Home Grown food gardener – 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.

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This is a large garden with much to interest those wishing to grow food as well as

lawn, established shrubs, plants, trees and a seating area.

Fruit trees are scattered around the garden; there are two well-established large cooking apple trees and more recently planted quince, minarette apples, espalier and minarette pear trees.

Soft fruit includes a jostaberry, raspberries and blackberries. Rhubarb is also grown. Vegetables grown include parsnips, sea kale, purple sprouting broccoli, courgettes and squash. A recently introduced vegetable, oca, is grown in pots. A few potatoes are grown in a potato sack. Lettuce and endives are also grown.

The garden has several composters and water butts and many features to attract birds and other wildlife, including a small pond.

There is free parking in the Quadrant car park opposite the house. Bikes can be left securely in the garden. Buses S8, S9 and 653 run nearby. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

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

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.