Welcome to the SRT blog No. 90

25th February 2022 – Welcome to our blog post No. 90

We have some new kit available to buy, at cost. There are one size Sunnyside woolly hats and cosy fleeces in all the sizes. See the attached order form for these and any extras of polo shirts, hoodies & raincoats. Follow the instructions on the order form on what to then do. As modelled by Luka & Annette….how smart!









This week back to some normality at Hemel Food Garden – the Sunnyside Shop & Café have been put back, as they were before the pandemic! So, the Café in the Glasshouse has  finished for the season and is now nice and empty, ready for the bedding plants to go in. But it’s great that the café has re-opened next to the farmshop and of course the outside space is there – for when the weather allows.

Here’s a snippet of the some of the shop furniture move….


And as if by magic – how it was before, just how we remember it. Well done to all  who helped with the move – a big effort.




















The summer bedding is being potted on and Alison says 21,572 have been done with just 11,762 to go! That’s a really, big team effort.








The winter bedding has been reduced in price – whilst stocks last.

6 packs of Bellis -white, pink and red and pink Polyanthus were £3.50 now £2.50

9cm Primula Stella (Pink Champagne and Scarlet Pimpernel) were £1.50 now £1.00

14″ Hanging Basket £17.50 now £15

12″ Hanging Basket £15.00 now £12.50












The bakery was tasked with BUN making this week. Cinnamon buns & sticky bakewell buns with a gorgeous oozy, Sunnyside, raspberry jam filling.

















At Northchurch James was helping to clear out the chickens. Fresh bedding going in next








Volunteer Maggie and trainee Bis have been working on some recipe cards for their ‘vegetable of the month’ – coming soon. Starting off with artichoke soup. And more seed sowing prep by Charlie









The all-seeing eye of the cat








The cats pop up everywhere where it’s warm– even at lunch break.






Crosskeys was hiding from the storm in the shop. And the other animals were all cosy and safe in their stables or sheds whilst it blew a hoolie outside.













Post storm the goats had fun……











…….and were helping with the clearing up of twigs

Pre storm evening photos….






…..only one of the older poly tunnels came a cropper.







Ian, Graham, James & volunteer Lisa helping with this weeks harvest. Graham is practicing his handwriting for the labels.






New strimmer heads for their electric strimmers for the new season. Hurray!





Good weeding job being done by Graham.






Here’s the information for the Northchurch ‘Grab & Grow’ event in April. Do let everyone know and do share our facebook post



Date for the diary: Saturday 9th April 10 to 2pm 

Upper Allotments, New Road, Northchurch. HP4 1NJ. 

Grow your own veg at home – bring your own box, pot or old wellie boot to plant up! 



Buy a selection of peat free, Sunnyside grown, veggie plug plants & herbs, take a tour of our market garden, refreshments available, free parking, music & surprise EasterTrail (£3.00 per map) 


At the Activity Centre Aisha and Diana and Suru continue to weed in the fruit area








Aisha, Luka & Sophia gathering the tools together from Bovingdon to be PAT tested






Mark, Tim & Annette tidying up last years bean stalks.








Pete & Adhar doing a sunshine dance after the hail on Thursday morning – and it worked.







Becca, Lewis & Charlotte on the market yesterday – and the sun shone for them, after the dance.








I had an e mail that you may be able to help with.

Do you or someone you know have any pre-loved or outgrown sports shoes (trainers, football boots, rugby boots and astro’s) that you are prepared to donate to charity?  If so, you might like to know that a recently formed local charity (One Impossible Thing) collects sports shoes for distribution in the Dacorum area to those in need.  The shoes are cleaned, sorted and then distributed through free holiday activity camps for those on Free School Meals; school sports teams; youth clubs; charities running community sports programs; etc.

There are collection bins at Hemel Sports Centre (Boxmoor), the XC Centre (Jarman Park) and at Our Gym (Mark Road, Maylands).


Until next week……..