Welcome to the SRT blog No. 104

17th June 2022 – Welcome to our blog post No. 104

Meet Emma our new COO : I have worked and lived locally all of my life. I currently live in Abbots Langley with my husband Mark and three grown-up children. For the last ten years (nearly) I have been CEO for a successful, award-winning, local charity, which supports vulnerable families and children in crisis, called Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers. Prior to working at Home-Start, I have worked as a Teacher, Ofsted Inspector and for the NHS as a Community Nursery Nurse.

I am dedicated to championing inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity and I am very excited to be joining the team at Sunnyside Rural Trust and I am inspired by the ethos and values.

Work is important to me and I love to work in an environment that is busy, ambitious, and creative, where there is fun and laughter, success is recognised and people are at centre of decision making.

I like to spend my free time with friends and family and particularly enjoy outside activities. I have a dog who I walk with every morning and I have been known to swim outdoor in lakes. I really enjoy my garden and thinking of creative ways to use the space. I like a bit of a challenge and I am always keen to get involved in fundraising activities.

Having spent nearly ten years with Home-Start transforming it into a highly, respected, award-winning, sustainable, innovative and creative charity I am ready for a new opportunity and am so pleased this will be with the Sunnyside Rural Trust


This is June (on the right) in our calendar. Last year we were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. You can read about this on our website – here’s the link. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – Sunnyside Rural Trust







Hemel Food Garden ducks enjoying a bit of shade in the tranqulity area pond – spot them.





Last Friday the weather was kind for the yoga attendees. A perfect way to end the week. Some favourite poses included the car/cow and the tree. The garden is looking beautiful.





















A team were over at Mencap in Watford planting up their window boxes. Good work!














Calum just playing…..








Chris and a team were in the pallet garden space and it looks just great.








Need more space to grow in so the grass is being removed to magically make way for ….herbs








Lots of little sunflower seedlings are already popping up out of the coffee cups and peatfree compost amongst the bedding, next to St. Mary’s Church, in Hemel Old Town after the Jubilee weekend celebrations in Gadebridge Park. Thanks to all who came along and sowed a seed to create this sunflower bed, in unity with the Ukrainian people. Over 300 have been planted. Sunnyside will tend to them and create a wonderful sway of colour.





A team working their way around the gardens at Berkhamsted school.















Weeding pathways at Tom Stuart-Smiths garden in preparation for the NGS open garden event this Sunday. 1000s of flowering, perennial plants will go up there today as well as our market stall and sustainable shop lines.









Sophia and Adhar at the hot, hot, hot market stall this week.






Sophia and Becca making lunch








Michael S and Roxy cooking the AC’s famous 14 different veg pasta bake.








Clare, Tony and Tim picking up shrubs for a private contract as we don’t grow these ourselves.















Becca and Ed planting it up.









Gillian as the best water feature a girl can be.








Zoe & James busy on the office, checking the takings for the day from the farm shop.








Cat for sale in the shop – not sure how comfy  that spot really is?








Gate latch being added






More decking going down by the eco caravan.






Litter picking team on the move over in Little Kimble. Part of our local parish council work.







Stay as cool as you can for the rest of the day! Have a great weekend….

…until next week.