Impact of Covid-19

Earthworker growing at homeImpact of Covid-19 in 2020

During the first lockdown of 2020, we closed our site to protect our Earthworkers. We supported Earthworkers with our Stay at Home and Grow project, funded by HCF’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, daily virtual tea breaks and a weekly journal project. These projects offered a sense of purpose, community, and social interaction during a stressful and isolating time.

We were delighted to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from Hertfordshire Care Providers Association for the work of our dedicated team in these unprecedented times.

With our stall on the St Albans farmer’s market temporarily closed, we were pleased to be able to donate some of our produce to the St Albans Foodbank.

How we are working now

Hand wash facilities

Earthworks is now open for pre-booked Earthworker sessions, but remains closed to the general public.

We have taken measures to ensure that our site is safe for staff and Earthworkers. This means Earthworkers now work differently to the way they worked before.

With the help of bunting donated by our local community, our site is split into bubbles. Our building and kitchen remain closed. Grants from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, St Albans District Council and West Herts CCG funded site improvements including hand washing facilities, convex mirrors at pinch pints, alternative shelters and individual issue items, all ensuring Earthworkers could return to site as safely as possible.

We are supporting those Earthworkers who are shielding at home with nature-based activities such as growing and keeping journals, with calls, virtual tea breaks and, for those who haven't seen their plots for a long time, postcards featuring their own individual growing beds. We maintain our support network and offer purposeful activities to boost health and wellbeing.

How you can help

With our site closed to public events, and community fundraising difficult, the pandemic has critically impacted this income, at a time when Earthworks is needed more than ever.

To help Earthworks continue its important work, you can donate here.

Or find out about other ways of supporting Earthworks here.