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
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.
If you’ve visited the Earthworks site recently you will no doubt have seen that our new building is really taking shape. Compared to our previous old metal hut it looks more a like a beautiful grand hall! We are sure it will become an iconic part of Earthworks’ future and will hugely benefit both the organisation and our local community.
Rising up from the ashes of that devastating fire two years ago are grand oak beams and beautiful oak waney edge walls expertly crafted by the team from Harts of Oak (pictured above, left to right: Conner, Dean, our own Phil Maitland, Steve and John). This project has taken a little longer than expected but to see it take shape will make you realise just how special it is going to be. It is also a complex build using ancient techniques and materials, many of which have been painstakingly sourced at discount rates to ensure the build is brought in on budget!
There is still much work to do and we are continuing to fund raise to ensure that the project can be finished. Everyone at Earthworks is exceptionally grateful for the support that we have received from our local community and local businesses which is not only enabling us to re-build after a devastating fire, but is helping to build something very special. We cannot wait to show you the end result in the not to distant future! In the mean time we still need your support so if you can help out in any way by donating money, materials, or expertise we would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you!
On Friday volunteers and trainees from Earthworks joined a team from John O’Connor Ground Maintenance (our new neighbours!) to help plant out a beautiful garden within the Cathedral grounds at Waxhouse Gate in St. Albans. Rain showers didn’t prevent the gang from getting stuck in and helping the O’Connor team to plant out ornamental beds with new shrubs and flowers. Together we had the job done in just a few hours.
The new Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Annie Brewster, stopped by to see what everybody was up to and we enjoyed posing for photographs with her and Matt O’Connor (MD of John O’Connor’s). Keep an eye out for these pictures in the St Albans papers later this week!
After a busy morning we did of course manage to find time to relax with a pot of tea at an adjacent cafe before heading back to Earthworks.
As construction begins on the new site hut we are continuing to fund raise and source materials for this big project. If you are able to help by providing or discounting any of the materials listed below we would be extremely grateful.
You may download the following three reports from our 11th October AGM, plus the Agenda: