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.
On Sunday 29th November 12 to 3.30pm, we are for the first time holding a Christmas Fair in our lovely, cosy building The Warren. We will be selling Earthworks handmade crafts including our famous reindeer.
There will be mince pies and spiced apple juice using our own juice harvested and bottled this year.
We have also asked the a cappella singers from Fleetville Harmony to come along and sing some festive songs.
We hope you can join us.
Earthworks is now on twitter, please follow us! Click here to see our twitter page.
We are supporting Sustainable St. Albans Week with our own in-house activities (not open to the public).
For full list of many events open to the public over the week 21st to 28th November click sustainablestalbans.org
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!