• Winter Wreaths 2022

    Our Winter Wreath making session is back for December 2022!

    Wreaths made in previous years
    Image credit: Kate Swindells and other Grow Members

    Join us from 4-6 pm on Sunday 4th December at St Julian’s Church Hall, Abbots Avenue, AL1 2HY, using locally foraged foliage to make a beautiful festive wreath. No experience necessary, you can learn as you go.

    More details coming soon.

    Suggested donation £7 for members, £10 non-members. (Concessions available, contact us).

  • Autumn Festival

    Celebrate the changing of the seasons with us!

    List of activities at the Autumn Festival

    Lots of free activities to do at Sopwell’s Autumn Festival: songs, competitions, hearty soup made with local ingredients (and big thanks to St Albans’ Waitrose for their pumpkin donation) and more. Join us on Sunday 30th October from 1.30 to 3.30 pm at the Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre, off Cottonmill Lane.

  • Seasonal cooking

    Free seasonal cooking session in October

    Bowl of veg, pot of cooking implements, frying pan with ingredients

    Are you a Sopwell resident interested in having a go at cooking seasonal produce, learning something new or just want to get involved in a fun community project? Come along and join in with Grow’s free cooking session from 2 until 4 pm on Saturday 1st October at the Cottonmill Community and Cycling Centre, off Cottonmill Lane. Contact Kate or Gail to find out more and book your place.

  • AGM

    Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Communi-tea!

    Blackberries and blackberry cake

    Come along to St Julian’s Church Hall from 7 until 8.30 pm on Tuesday 27th September 2022 to find out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned for the coming year. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Join us at Larks in the Parks!

    We are pleased to be a part of Sopwell’s fabulous community event – Larks in the Parks.

    Find our stall, find out how you can get involved and join in with our food-growing activities, suitable for all the family!


  • Working Parties

    Join us for our next working parties

    Every Thursday, and look out for longer sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. Just come along and bring yourself. We have gloves, gardening equipment, and there is always someone there to provide guidance and support. We love to see new friends and old. Come and help us at our wonderful Community Garden!

  • Bank holiday pop-up seedling stalls

    Find your nearest stall and ‘Have a Grow’!

    Some fabulous residents are hosting pop-up seedling stalls around Sopwell over the bank holiday weekend.

    Help yourself to some veggy seedlings and ‘Have a grow’!

    Find your nearest stall here:

    Donations appreciated but not essential.

    #growyourownfood #growtogether

  • #SustFest22

    FIND THE BLUE HEARTS! Sopwell Wildlife Trail 15th – 31st May 2022

    Explore local wildlife with our Sopwell Wildlife Trail. Follow the map to find the Blue Hearts, locations that are part of the national rewilding scheme. This event is part of #SustFest22

    Each Heart has a letter – can you and your family collect all five hearts and find the hidden word? Download your copy of the map here.

    SustFest22 is an award-winning community festival all about sustainable living and protecting the environment. Find out more about it and the other events running this May here.

  • #SustFest22 – Our Events in May

    Community Garden Open Day and Wildlife Trail

    Image credit: Kate Swindells

    Community Garden Open Day Sunday 15 May- all welcome!

    For this year’s #SustFest22 we are inviting you to our Community Garden Open day from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Sunday 15 May! There will be plenty to do and see – adults and children welcome!

    Eat cake. Enjoy our refreshments, meet the volunteers, and see the progress of the garden. Get involved if you want – help plant our green beans, squash and courgettes – or just watch! Seedlings and seeds for you to take away and grow food at home.

    Please bring along any spare seeds or seedlings you have at home – someone else may be able to plant them!

    • Let the kids help plant up the Sunflower tunnel in the children’s area! Check in to the Bug Hotel – see how we are attracting bugs and insects into the garden.

    Sopwell Wildlife Trail 15 May – 31 May

    Walk the Sopwell Wildlife Trail – explore the wildlife locally – with our special map to help guide you around. Kids will love this! More info at the Community Garden Open Day.

    Prospect Road Stall 22nd May

    Prospect Road Wilderhood Watch and Grow Community – Sopwell have a stall on 22nd May 2-4pm outside No. 46 Prospect Road with seedlings and information on how to support wildlife in your street!

    See all the St Albans Sustainability Festival events here 15 May to 31 May 2022

  • Springtime! Food Garden Online Question Time

    Food Garden Question Time Event: 7pm Thursday 28 April

    Thank you to everyone who attended this event (and to Amanda, Sabrina and Nadia). Some fantastic questions and answers around garden wildlife and food growing!

    We are excited to present another popular Food Garden Question Time event!

    Join our panel of local food growers and wildlife enthusiasts- Amanda Yorwerth, Sabrina Henry and Nadia Bishara – to talk all things #growyourown and #wildlife- this spring. Send in any questions you have.

    Introduced by Kate Swindells, founder member of Grow Community-Sopwell

    • What is the best fruit or veg to plant out now?
    • Tips on planting out seeds and seedlings
    • What wildlife to look out for in the garden

More About Events

We host a number of events and activities with a range of local and national organisations. Find out more about groups we already partner with here.

Want to run an event with us or have an idea for an activity we could run? Get in touch with us here.