Welcome to the SRT blog No. 127

9th December 2022 – Welcome to our blog post No.127

2 weeks’ worth of what’s happened on our sites as I was away last week.

*NEW RAFFLE* The Sunnyside Up Cafe & Farm Shop at Hemel Food Garden have selected Sunnyside made products & other Christmassy delights to go into this Christmas hamper raffle.
You can also see the hamper at the Sunnyside Up Café at Hemel Food Garden, open Mon to Sat, 10 > 3pm.

Tickets are £5 each and available to buy until 21st December on


The Christmas hamper raffle ends on Tuesday, 20th December 2022 at 6pm and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, 21st December for collection by the 24th December.

Last week at the Activity Centre….

It’s that time of year when coppicing takes place of the willow and bundling them together ready for sale and collection.

Reindeer production in full flow. With the Football World Cup on names and scarves have a football theme!

Simon and Sophia making Christmas puds ready to sell. Becca and Lukas Shepherd’s pie.

Last week Noreen and Becca with volunteer Clare, were on the markets stall selling the Christmas gifts and chicken adoptions.

This week….. Bovingdon litter pickers this week – cold but sunny so some great shadow casting and lots of litter tidied.

Sophia making biscuits for Clare, Tim and Mark on the market this week – all well wrapped up.

The planting team were out this week on Berkhamsted High Street ‘sprucing’ up the planters outside The Goat (volunteer Tony with Simon and Tim), at The Swan (Becca, Michael and Tim) and at the Civic Centre (volunteer Anne with Ed, Simon and Mark). Simon and Anne trying to get the tree out of the pot!! Then back on site with Sophia, Robbie, Luka and Riz tidying and weeding the fruit area.


Last week…A team from Northchurch spent some time at XMA last week. Jake Harry, Dylan and James working over in the XMA warehouse in St Albans.

The task in hand – to set up, check they are operating and give them the once over and then packing up, ready to go out to schools. Over 1000 lap tops…… well done team.


Sarah has made another cake masterpiece for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!

Ian, James, David, Jonny and Charlie having a regroup after feeding the animals. And making sure the animals are cosy.

This week….. James helping to check the dates on stock in the farm shop.

Bis working on her painting – what will they be used for??  Any more leaves to sweep Michael?

Pot painting fun in crafts ready to pot up with winter bulbs. Joe loves the decorations we made. Making table decorations.

Litter picking in Northchurch on a frosty morning. On the march.

Charli, Laura and Charlie planting some more of the seemingly never-ending hedgerow at the Hockey club.



Last week….The regular Outside contract work by Hemel Food Garden at Berkhamsted School. Great teamwork again.

Attending to the Hemel Food Garden allotment plots – spreading of compost from the onsite leaf mulch bay. ‘Black gold’ they call it as its leaves gathered last year which turn into an amazing mulch over a year as if by ’magic’.

Trainee led and inspired cooking group now running until Christmas. Great effort producing mac&cheese and a banoffee pie. Sous chefs in the making – all went down well!

Christmas crafting… the homemade Christmas decoration balls have been beribboned and finished in this week’s craft session. Garlands of teeny-weeny woolly hats strung and ready to go up. Potted bulbs with decorated pots and giant gift tags for sale in the shop. And test decorations – a new penguin design.

This week….

Dan doing a grand job of clearing leaves from the decking by the summer house in the tranquility area. Keeping an eye on Mrs Robin who’s after some grubs.

David raking leaves over in Watford. And fantastic work by Mark, weeding a very fiddly brick path. Before and after.

Winter preparations over at Berkhamsted School.

Taking a recycling walk on a beautiful crisp morning. Litter picking with Calum and Alfie leading the way.

Making frangipane mince pies for the wreath making workshops taking place this weekend in the bakery.

The Christmas cakes were made a few weeks ago and have been ‘fed’ regularly and now beautifully decorated with festive themes. Slices are on sale in the café. A cake has been saved for the trainees in Christmas week!

This weeks menu created in the bakery by the trainee team – samosas and millionaires shortbread.



A team from Sunnyside were out with the Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead last weekend in Bedmond. Festively cold. Volunteer Chris (Santa this year), Paula, Jacqui, Ann and Hannah.

Caroline and Suvi took the Sunnyside market stall to the Bovingdon Light Switch on, last Sunday.

Have a great weekend….

…until next week – when the Christmas party photos will be revealed!