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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!