Welcome to the SRT blog No. 73

22nd  October 2021 – Welcome to our blog post No. 73

Hello all. It’s cooling down now but the sun is still shining this morning. here’s this weeks update from all the sites.

Jules and Sam manned the Sunnyside produce stall last Sunday, at the Your Town Hemel Hempstead 5k Sunday.














An early start and just a little chilly in Gadebridge car park.

Date for the diary…..

*Wreath Making Event* our lovely event will be held on Saturday December 4th with 2, bookable sessions. 

You can buy a ticket from our farm shops OR pay by BACS by contacting Dawn on  

publicity@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk for these details. There are only 10 spaces per session. 2021 Wreath making workshop A4 poster

Venue: Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead. HERTS HP3 9BY 


On  the right are examples of the wreaths made at our last event in 2019


Christmas cake making has commenced at Hemel Food Garden. Decoration is planned for them at the end of November so that they are ready to sell in the cafe at the beginning of December. The baking tins were wrapped in newspaper to insulate it and this ensures that the middle of the cake cooks without the outside burning. These took 2hours on a low heat!

If only we had ‘smelly’ vision – the bakery smelt gorgeous that morning.














Ashley & Stephen doing a fine job planting out the garlic in the allotment – hoping to keep the vampires away at Halloween!







Great team effort using maintenance skills of the yellow team, replacing the sprinkler heads of the overhead irrigation in the polytunnels.







Robert doing a great job on the Mencap Berrywood, outside contract. Raking up after cutting down loads of brambles.







Ian, Mike & Alex were up at Hemel Hempstead train station, putting in and planting up 2 raised planters on Wednesday. More will go up on one of the platforms in a couple of weeks.









This months quiz writing from George & Gemma resulted in a fantastic win for the green team.





Last weeks bonfire



















The caravan re-development at Northchurch is progressing…….Damp proofing went up and the windows cut out.











A start was made on burning the wood for the outside.














Push starting the mower.











Pumpkin / squash display






Volunteer group on Tuesday helping up in the fruit cage pruning and making fruit cuttings. It was a great first day and we got lots done. Looking forward to the next one on the 3rd Tuesday of the month








Chicken feed time








Ian, Luka, Noreen and Kwasi from the Activity Centre were repairing posts in Bovingdon this week.







The market stall this week.





Scott prepping and squeezing oranges for pumpkin and spiced orange jam. Sounds absolutely delish.






Leaf clearing on site has started  – work by Niall & James this week.







Until next week…..