Introduction to Earthworks

Earthworks St. Albans is a registered charity that offers trainees, often with learning difficulties or mental health problems, work experience and training in horticultural and land-based skills. We have a three-acre site in Hixberry Lane, St. Albans. It is managed on environmental principles and we have open days a number of times a year. Members of the public are welcome to visit and buy our produce.

For up to date news from the site check out our Blog.

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Earthworks staff and volunteers work – and learn – with the trainees to maintain the site, with its gardens, tree nursery, vegetable beds, shade tunnels and polytunnel.

Earthworks also has a stall at the monthly St. Albans Farmers’ Market where we sell fruit, vegetables, herbs and craft produced at Hixberry Lane.


Sponsored Walk – Dig Deep for Earthworks!

Please sponsor a walker or register to come along and take part!

With the support of Nuffield Health and the Samuel Ryder Academy Earthworks is holding a sponsored walk event on Sunday the 20th September 2015.

Trainees, volunteers and supporters of Earthworks will be undertaking a 4 mile walk between the Nuffield Health Centre on Highfield Park Drive and our Hixberry Lane site via the beautiful Highfield Park and it’s surrounding countryside. This is a lovely opportunity to exercise in the fresh air, enjoy some beautiful local green spaces and to socialise with like minded people. All funds raised will go directly to Earthworks.

If you would like to take part please contact us on 01727 847311 for a registration and sponsorship form. Registration costs just £5.

Alternatively if you would like to sponsor a walker or donate you can do so either in the old fashioned way by putting your details and sponsorship amount onto their form or you can make a secure on line donation via Givey – click here.  Simply add the name of the walker that you are supporting into the comments section.

(It is quick, simple and secure to sign up to Givey and 100% of your donation will be received by Earthworks)

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You can now donate on line

It is now quick and easy to securely send a donation to us via Givey!

100% of your donation will be sent directly to Earthworks.

We are extremely grateful for the support that we continue to receive from our local community and beyond. Your generosity is essential in enabling us to continue providing unique and meaningful opportunities and training for adults with learning disabilities whilst also championing an environmentally responsible ethos.

Click Givey now :-)


Don’t Miss The Summer Fair 2015!

It is our 20th Birthday this year and we intend to celebrate with an extra special summer fair!

18th July 11am – 4pm at Hixberry Lane St Albans AL4 0TZ


For more details click this link to download the flyer now:   SummerFair15

Summer Scheme 2015 – Book now!!

We are now filling places on the 2015 Summer Scheme

This long-standing project runs at Earthworks every year during the summer holidays. It provides young adults (ages 18-24) with learning difficulties a full week of outdoor based activities and work experience. Work undertaken includes projects in organic horticulture, landscaping and minor construction and is based at our fantastic 3 acre site in St Albans.

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The cost is subsidised and thus the price for the full working week (Mon-Fri 9.30am-3pm) is only £150pp.

If you or someone you know would be interested please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Call  the site mobile on 07981 052248 and ask for Steve.

Christmas Party 2014

The Earthworks Christmas Party is absolutely one of the highlights of the year and 2014’s party was no exception. Our lovely Warren was crammed full to bursting with happy festive people; singing, dancing and enjoying some hearty and healthy homemade grub! Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made it such a special evening.

Steve Lane (The Master):

Yesterday evening (eeuuughhh!) we held the annual Earthworks Christmas Party and it was excellent!  I really enjoyed the leek, pea and mint soup that Fiona made.  I do wish that Father Christmas had shown up though. Eeuuuughhhh!

Michelle Peers:

I really liked the party, I liked the salad and healthy food. Lots of people came I saw lots of people I know. I got my certificate which said well done for looking at the animals and plants at Earthworks, It made me feel happy. My carer Katie brought me in her car, it was nice showing her around.

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New Security at Earthworks

Earthworks has sadly been a target for thieves and vandals numerous times in recent years. There was really nothing more heartbreaking than arriving at our lovely gardens to discover damage had been done to areas worked on by our trainees and volunteers or to find that equipment had been stolen.

As part of our new building project we have had a complete overhaul of security arrangements. Following meetings with Herts Police Force we now have a smart new fence around the entire perimeter of the site (with anti-climb measures), an infra-red CCTV system, and, perhaps most importantly, we no longer keep any valuable equipment on our site overnight.

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We are also continually grateful to local people who report any issues or suspicious goings on in the area to us and the police. Thank you!