Welcome to the SRT blog No. 94

25th March 2022 – Welcome to our blog post No. 94

Well done to Zoe at Northchurch who has achieved her level 3 food safety.










James at Northchurch, put in a big shift to move the first of the stone for the perennial garden path. Looking forward to seeing it finished. It’s getting there!
















Wow frog spawn galore! Hopefully lots of frogs to come from this and lots of good snacks for the resident newts too.










Treats for the piggies. Goat attention.






The seeds have started to develop into small plants now and with all the sun we’ve had this week should be romping away!








More plants have arrived to be planted out at the Northchurch path and bed development.




















Super busy in the Sunnyside Up café at Hemel Food Garden this week, as the good weather has brought people out, resulting in lots of washing up! This was only about 1/3 of it on Wednesday. Some taken care of by the dishwasher, others by Joe.






Just to let everyone know that the Sunnyside Up Cafe & Farm shop at Hemel Food Garden will be closed next Wednesday, 30th for the day. Open again on Thursday.








St Patrick’s Day was celebrated last week with suitable food, made in the bakery of course – soda bread and leek and potato soup.






Followed by an energetic Irish reel and quieter, sit-down quiz


















More bedding planted up into the railing troughs for Dacorum Council.







Joanne & Jim thoroughly enjoying the sunshine in the tranquility area bringing a nice bit of colour to the borders.







And Russell brought some additional bit of colour to this space yesterday!








A brilliant donation from Abbots Hill School for our cafes – thank you






Ready for the Mother’s Day celebration the bakery team were baking their giant scones and cake decorating – all now selling in the Sunnyside Up cafe.













Bio: Louis O’Gallagher (24) started at The Hub café at the Active Dacorum Hub over in Woodhall Farm, in January 2022. He grew up in the small market town of Chesham and upon leaving school Louis tried out many different jobs including working at a betting shop, a car wash and a dry cleaners. Eventually he settled into a part-time role as a barista on a coffee van which he enjoyed, and he decided that he would like to pursue it as a full-time career.

When the coffee van position came to an end Louis found himself in an extended period of unemployment. He continued to look for work, and through the jobcentre he heard about the kickstart scheme which is run in partnership with the Active Dacorum hub. Louis applied for the position as a cafe assistant and was successful along with two other candidates with whom entered onto the six-month supported training programme.









Two months into the role, Louis is feeling confident. He says the job has given him a platform so that he can develop his skills. Louis is really making the most of this opportunity to learn more, and to focus on his future career as a barista.


Bovingdon Parish Council wanted the flower bed outside the Memorial Hall to be extended so the team from the Activity Centre got to it this week. They removed the lavender and wooden trellis, which will be re-used for the new pathway as a planting border whilst the lavender will be planted in the orchard.











Unwanted brick from a site clearance was broken up and repurposed for the pathway. This had postcrete added and was topped up with self binding gravel. Very neat.


















Continued maintenance of the Bovingdon signs around the village sanding and varnishing them. Luka, Becca, Noreen, Riz and Michael.













Time for a stock count of tools and a re-organisation of the storage unit.









Becca, Michael H, Neil were direct sowing flower seeds and Michael H then walked the ‘tight rope’ to firm them in.










Tim & Michael H scattering seeds along the nature path.







Graham laid all the birch edging for the lavender path







Kwasi, Aisha & Diana, Tim & Becca continue the work, on clearing the new coppice area











Scott, Aisha, Clare &, Angelina with, Suru & Tony weeding, and watering in the fruit area.













Mark in the fruit area







Suru, Scott & Clare sowing flower seeds in pots






A group worked on an outside contract in Berkhamsted carrying out bed maintenance including weeding, pruning and edging – Noreen, Simon & Annette.







Happy Birthday to Noreen! The day was spent on the market stall with Becca, but then there was the tractor cake, made by Meg & IanP!









Speciality,vintage‘ cream teas are now available to book for a pre-Mothers Day celebration, next week at the Sunnyside Up Café at Hemel Food Garden. Bookable for Friday 25th & Saturday 26th   large freshly baked scones, organic Sunnyside jam, cream and a large pot of tea £6.99 each. Just call 07944 035515 and leave a message with your contact number and we will call back to book and take the payment over the phone.

And don’t forget the clocks go forward one hour Saturday night.








Until next week……