Welcome to the SRT blog No. 72

15th October 2021 – Welcome to our blog post No. 2

*Winter hanging basket workshop*    Please do share this.

The workshop will take place at Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead. HERTS HP3 9BY

You will receive expert instruction on how to plant up and care for your luxury 18″ wicker basket with winter bedding

Book a space by buying a ticket from our farm shops or by BACS. Please contact Dawn on publicity@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk for these details.


*CALL OUT* can you help?

We are looking for wood carving tools & finishing materials such as v tools, gouges, wooden mallets, ‘G’ clamps, oil, sanding paper etc) and ‘how to’ magazines/ books and blocks of lime wood or pine. If you can please drop off at any of our 3 sites open between 10 & 3pm in the week ( also, Saturday at Hemel Food Garden). A BIG Sunnyside thank you.


The Activity Centre were at the Pitstone Rural Life Museum this week






Ian Barrow taking  Aylesbury Plum cuttings and the team popping them in bags before they are potted up back at base.








Riz preparing the plum tree cuttings and then x100 have been potted up to try and preserve this local plum tree.













This is all that remains of the orchard.





Fruit collection  – if there are enough they will go into jam making





Tom, Michael, Annette and Suru weeding the unfenced allotment at the Activity Centre.






Sophia and Kwasi preparing a lunch of fish & chips.








Another lunch and prepping apples.













Michael, Neil & Lynn, a volunteer at the market.







Work on the caravan has continued at Northchurch.













Wood battening added to the inside…..






….as well as the outside.














Ready now for the next bit of work to be done – waterproofing.







This is a Giant Puffball found on a grass cutting contract at Cowroast. Not an oversized egg! It is nearly as big as a chicken though!








James is marking out the new path and flower bed for Northchurch Parish Council.








Jonny & Sarah getting the beetroots prepped for this week’s veg boxes.






Lots of clearing achieved by West Herts college group and the corporate volunteer group from putting in the raised beds. These were then planted up with beans and chard by the local brownie group. Great teamwork all round.













The pumpkin polytunnel has now been cleared, ready for the next batch of plants to come in!!









Sam says HELLO!







Great team effort planting up the garlic on the Hemel Food Garden allotment.








An excellent days work from Tyler at the SANDS garden in Gadebridge Park






Almost pumpkin time!







Whilst on the site litter pick, the giant sunflowers look like shower heads, cue a great photo opportunity – pretending to have a shower!











David working hard on the outside contract at Hillside mencap.








George taking a quick break after working hard on an outside contract.









Fine catch!








Until next week…..