Welcome to the SRT blog No. 95

1st April 2022 – Welcome to our blog post No. 95

This weekend some of the Hemel Food Garden team will be at the Boho Boxmoor Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 2nd April 11am-3pm on the Blackbird’s Moor. Our market stall will have all the Sunnyside favourites, and there will be more local businesses selling beautiful gifts, accessories and foodie things. We look forward to seeing you all there.







Time for relaxation before starting the mornings tasks at HFG.








The pallet garden is up and running.


Cream teas are bookable at the Sunnyside Up Café at Hemel Food Garden. Just call Kealey on 07944035515 with details. Open Mon to Sat 10 until 3pm








Joe attending to the slim fridge removal.








Litter pick in the old town.








Calum mowing on the outside contract at the Chipperfield allotments.








Great work on the allotments this week with the blue and green team working together planting out onions and kohl rabi. They were also pricking out tomato plants into trays, great effort by everyone.



















First hive check of the season with volunteers Hayley & Vivian. Everything is looking good so far and the bees are building their numbers back up.






Greenhouses are starting to fill up with summer bedding.








Dacorum Borough council spent a teamworking day in the bakery and cafe this week. Bakery set up for the DBC team






One of the tasks was to bake and decorate cakes which were then judged by a team of trainees.















Don’t know how Paul & Pru (TV Bake off judges for those not in the know) manage as everyone was ‘stuffed’ afterwards.


Food prep as the Activity Centre received a big food donation from DENS this week – thank you. The oranges were turned into lovely marmalade.






Ian & Lewis with Riz on an outside contract.









Suru, Tim, Michael T & Michael H replanting lavender from the recent Bovingdon work.








Planting strawberries in the poly tunnel.







Weeding at St Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted with Becca, Annette, Mark, Simon Noreen and new member of staff Caroline.






Tim, Becca & Noreen clearing branches in Bovingdon.








And tidying the green at Bovingdon with Luka, Noreen & Becca.






The cuttings of the Aylesbury prune are flowering. Last year a team became involved with a project with the Chiltern Society to help save the Aylesbury Prune. A team from the Activity Centre of trainees visited Pitstone Green Farm Museum to take cuttings from possibly the last surviving Aylesbury prune orchard, which has been identified as being in imminent danger of extinction.







The last of the plants went in at the Northchurch Recreation field with hard work from a big team, including Gillian, Carolyn, Christian, James, Lee, Ian, and Michael.













Straw supplies for the animals this time with the help of Sarah, Hollie and Michael.








Litter pick by Hollie & Christian.








Helping out at St. Peters Church were Ellie, Simon, Michael, Ian & Harry, mowing and strimming in Berkhamsted.













Easter activity – egg making & decoration in the sun last week






Making new signs ready for the event in just over a weeks time








‘Grab & Grow’ event at Northchurch, Sat 9th April 10 until 2pm. Grab veggie seedlings to grow on or select from a range of fantastic herbs to pep up your recipes.

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 Easter Trail (£3.00 per map)









Hopefully more warm sun next week!

The new signs have gone up at Hemel Food Garden.






















Until next week…..