Welcome to the SRT blog No. 71

8th October 2021 – Welcome to our blog post No. 71

Sunnyside are involved in a couple of events coming up later in the month.

Sunday, October 17th Hemel Town 5k run we will have a market produce stall in Gadebridge car park. If anyone wants to don their running shoes here’s the link. 9 > 12 noon.






Saturday October 23rd Winter Hanging Basket workshop at HFG – keep an eye out on facebook for more details next week.





The Hemel ‘bee team’ have been keeping a close eye on the hives and have been able to extract some honey, making sure there is enough for the bees over winter.

The ‘comb’













Spinning the honey












Jarring up







Outside contracts this week work this week covered a veg area clearance ready for planting next year for a local resident.







And some detailed work at the SANDS space in Gadebridge Park






A donation of fruit has led to a new ‘support healthy eating’ initiative at the Hemel site.






Followed by a cottage pie and steamed vegetables, prepared by the baking team.






Taste testing the 3 bean chilli that was made for the baked potato topping at the cafe this week.








Home grown apples used in this weeks’ home baked apple cake.







Little break before the rush at the café.









Choosing what to use in  the autumn soup.

Painting the plant labels in preparation for the next bedding contract.








The team now also have outside contracts at Mencap Houses in Watford and will be looKing after them on a regular basis.











Christmas card production has started!















Olivia Simmons made this fantastic picture for the Hemel team to put up on display.








Work continues on the new path at the Activity Centre.






It was the turn of Jacob & Adhar on the market stall this week






David out on the Bovingdon Parish Council contract and the teams were scheduled in to weed around the Parish Council Hall & library.







Clearing overgrown plants around road signs so they are visible. Fantastic work by the Activity Centre along with many compliments from the locals.












Sleepy caterpillar hiding in the spinach plants. Not sure what species it is but have left it be to see what comes from it.








And a sunbathing lizard in the fruit cage by the raspberries.









The perennial bed is looking good n the Autumn sun.

Simon got into the rhubarb bed to weed out the burdock. There was quite a lot!







Safety goggles and smiles from Zoe, Graham and Joe getting ready to do some woodwork.  They are making lots of bird boxes for a contract and don’t want to get any dust in our eyes.






Keelan feeding and keeping an eye on the goats making sure they are not causing any trouble whilst we are working on other projects.






The goats have had  a lot of attention and have been moved into the space where there is now a double gate system so that they don’t get out if one is left open by mistake.













The world’s biggest cover up begins.






We have been thinking about how best to approach this for a long time now and we have finalised our plans and so far so good. All very exciting.













Winter bedding plants are now available to buy from Hemel Food Garden.






£1.50 / pot of pansies or tray of 6 winter bedding for £3.50


Until next week…..