Earthworks St. Albans is a registered charity that offers trainees, often with learning disabilities or mental health issues, work experience and training in horticultural and land-based skills. We have a three-acre site in Hixberry Lane, St. Albans that we manage using environmental principles. Members of the public are welcome to visit the site to buy our produce 9.30-15.00 Monday – Friday and we have a number of weekend open days throughout the year.
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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 crafts produced at Hixberry Lane.
It was a real family affair on our recent sponsored walk. Children and adults enjoyed the warm up led by Kyle at Nuffield Gym in Highfield Park. Staff and members of Nuffield joined volunteers from Samuel Ryder Academy who kindly showed people the route.
Many people were surprised by how attractive the countryside is that is so close to the town. The pretty route took walkers down Nightgale Lane before working their way across to the Earthworks site on Hixberry Lane. For the second year running we enjoyed lovely weather for the sponsored walk.
There was an alternative shorter, fully accessible walk. It was a gentle stroll through beautiful Highfield Park and ending up at our lovely site.
Delightful refreshments were served in the garden where the weather was kind for the second year running. It was a very healthy and enjoyable way to raise money. Thanks to all involved.
In April 2016 St. Albans resident and incipient local legend Ed Suttie, will be trekking to the North Pole. This will take him 21 days and will cover 200 km of challenging conditions and terrain. He’ll be skiing and walking over sea ice and snow.
Earthworks is honoured to be one of his four chosen charities. We are already benefiting from donations given by his supporters and at fundraising events such as the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge!
It is a huge challenge and Ed is working hard to get into peak condition. To read more about Ed’s amazing adventure go to http://www.ed2northpole.org. You will
be able to follow a link which will enable you to make a donation. You can follow him on Twitter @Ed2NorthPole and he is on Facebook, as are we!
Ed with Gareth & Jason
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Our first Open Day and Christmas Craft Fair was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came along and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
There was a steady flow of people throughout the afternoon and we were lucky the rain held off.
The ‘make your own craft workshop’ was very popular and Angelina showed people how to make baubles for the Christmas tree.
Our crafts and Christmas sold out. So did our Medlar Jelly which attracted a lot of interest. Fleetville Harmony joined us singing festive songs A Cappella which made a wonderful atmosphere.
Luckily, Santa was able to be there and occupied his grotto and had many visitors.
Thanks also to Ed Suttie for coming along and selling his Christmas Cards. Ed is trekking to the North Pole next April. He is raising money for charities and we are lucky enough to be one of the beneficiaries. Ed came with two helpers.
Reindeer for Sale
Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Santa with Ed & helpers
The photos show just what a difference our new car park has made to everyone who attends Earthworks. For years, we had to negotiate huge puddles every time it rained and it took days to drain away.
Thank you St. Albans District Council for your grant from the Health and Wellbeing Fund for making it easier for everyone, especially our disabled trainees, to get into site safely.
It was a big job and thank you to everyone who worked so hard on it. It looks wonderful!
Thank you to everyone who supported our sponsored walk on the 20th September. It started with a warm up at Nuffield Gym and then we walked to Earthworks site, approximately 4 miles, for some well deserved tea and cake. It was a good turnout of volunteers and trainees and their families, helped by a lovely sunny day.
Thank you to Samuel Ryder Academy who provided stewards along the route and thank you to Nuffield Gym who let us use their facilities for the warm up.
Sponsorship money is still coming in but we have received well over £1,000!
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.
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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.
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!