Welcome to the SRT blog No. 68

17th September 2021 – Welcome to our blog post No. 68








Apple picking is well under way.









The first tonne has already gone to Chiltern Ridge from Northchurch Chiltern Ridge Apple Juice, Animals and Lets in the Chilterns where they wash the apples and put through a chipper.

They then placed the pulp in a belt press and nothing else is added! They flash pasteurise the juice and bottle immediately. All the bottles are labelled, batched and dated. It comes back to sell in our farm shops.


Garden designers are buying our perennial plants directly from Hemel Food Garden. Here’s a batch already to be collected.








James recently joined HFG and is befriending the chickens with food!! Always a sure way to become a chooks friend.








Feeding time at the ‘zoo’ or actually the cat poly tunnel








Checking the bees again this week, to make sure they are happy and producing honey.






















Getting hundreds of perennial plants ready for the Abbots Langley event on Saturday 18th.






They were checked, tidied and labelled ready.

The Abbots Autumn Fest is on Saturday 18th September 2021, at School Mead, Abbots Langley WD5 0AE, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Sunnyside will be there with plants, produce, apple press demos and tastings.

A fun filled family, community day in the village of Abbots Langley. Celebrating its orchard heritage it’s a fun-packed day to promote local growers, food producers, crafts and community in a friendly and intimate atmosphere of music, fun, games, and laughter. Come and see the crafts, plants, bell ringing, yarning, raffles, tombola, coconut shy, games and many other activities for all ages. Food and drink available, so you can stay all day. www.abbotsautumnfest.uk


The planter arrived at the Activity Centre ready to go over to the Berkhamsted Civic Centre for the Berkhamsted Great Big Green Week, being checked by Annette. It’s planted u p with bee and  insect loving perennial plants grown at Hemel Food Garden.








Adhar, Michael Ellen & Sharon on the High Street market stall this week. Plums galore.






Niall, Rizr & Lewis working in the fenced allotment helping to pick runner beans and weeding.







Graham weighing out the beans for the veg boxes at Northchurch.








James digging compost for a poly tunnel to be planted up.








and on another – but rather wet day, taking bits of oak tree to the bonfire.








Everyone’s been really busy getting ready to welcome the local community on site tomorrow, Saturday 18th

In conjunction with Climate Action Berkhamsted Sunnyside Northchurch have an open day so the local community and trainees / family can come and enjoy a unique walk around. There will be lots going on: spot the wildlife, look at moth traps, sow some seeds, learn about pond dipping, see the animals, enjoy refreshments at the café/farm shop, see the apple press in action and watch woodworking demos with The Repair Shed.

Saturday 18th September 10 to 2pm 

Children must bring responsible adults. £3.00 per wildlife trail map. Pay on the day.

Note: this is an agricultural site and parts have uneven ground away from the main buildings. So, do wear appropriate footwear and clothing, depending on the forecast. Also, if visiting the chicken orchard, you will need to dip footwear, so will get wet.

Some great wooden signs have been made to direct people around the wildlife trail.








Even the piggies are having a spruce up.







Gemma sent a  photo of her and Wallace on the Bovingdon bridge built by the Northchurch team a few weeks ago.







Enjoy the weather, whilst it’s fine and warm

Until next week…..