Welcome to the SRT blog No. 124

11th November 2022 – Welcome to our blog post No.124

Noreen modelling the new SRT logoed caps. Available to order (ask your project worker) at £5.

See the end of the blog for info about the photos on the right……


It would have been smelling very festive at the Activity Centre this week as Christmas produce was being made ready to sell soon in the farm shops and on the market stall.

Sophia &Tim had the responsibility of preparing the ingredients & cooking the first batch of the famous Sunnyside Christmas chutney.

Conor, Simon and Clare making Christmas puddings


Yesterdays Berkhamsted market stall

Niall, Ed, Riz and Sophia clearing leaves – a never ending job at this time of year. Keeps it tidy and safe underfoot.


Prepping wooden reindeer body parts. Becca with her finished reindeer.

Luka taking the daily fridge temperature measurements.

Tim’s turn at cooking lunch.


Christmas crafting at Northchurch. Just 7 weeks to the big day – but who’s counting? They also made some beautiful red window poppies for Remembrance Day which is today, the 11th November.

The next stage of work at Berkhamsted hockey club – hedge planting native hedge whips received from the Woodland Trust. Great teamwork!


Amazingly they planted 1500 native hedging tree whips in one day! Pro’s.

Matthew, Pete, Gillian and Graham all happy after a good days work making planters out of pallets for the trees.

Charles and Matthew continue to put together the fences which will be used as tree protectors in Hemel Old Town.

Another batch painted and ready.

Gillian very happy with her reindeer which she won as a prize for the best Christmas card design……to be sold in the Sunnyside farm shops and coming soon! We will reveal it next week.


Hemel Food Garden had their Guy ready last week to burn on November 5th. Suitably made from old and recycled materials.

New designs of Christmas decorations this year – stone snowmen. They are coming along nicely.

And the farm shop now has Christmas Gifts out on display.

The cafes homemade cakes this week made by Aly & Claire. Very special vegan pumpkin latte and decadent gluten free chocolate nutella filled cupcakes!

This weeks repotting job included agapanthus.

And then propagating Erysimum!

In the bakery a team roasted celeriac, swede and potatoes from the allotment and served them with a roasted leg of lamb!

Making a large batch of mint sauce to accompany the meal.

Some of the team popped into Northchurch to see the animals this week.

Not sure who loved the attention the most.


Claire and Joe took a lovely donation of cushions, rugs, fairy lights and decor pieces and they are in the NOW OPEN Sunnyside Up Greenhouse café. Do pop in for your favourite and take a look at all the houseplants, also for sale. Hemel Food Garden open Mon to Sat 10 to 3pm. Thank you Dunelm!

Have a great weekend….

…until next week.