The Community Garden St Albans project is an exciting development aiming to help local communities and promote community cohesion
Oaklands College has kindly provided the land and St Albans DC and local partners the initial funding. CDA Herts has prepared the site including access, water, parking, tools shortage and a toilet. The site is located in Hixberry Lane, off Colney Hatch Lane, St. Albans AL4 0TZ (Ordnance Survey Location is ‘517681, 206930′).
(Take the A1057 (Hatfield Road) from Hatfield towards St Albans. Just before you get to Oaklands College (on the right) turn left into Colney Heath Lane. You’ll see a brown sign to Earthworks on the right – follow those signs. At a roundabout (after a few hundred yards), go right (CH Lane goes left), bear left almost immediately (another roundabout) and, where the road bends to the right, turn left into Hixberry Lane. Continue for about three hundred yards and you’ll see a double gate on the right, go through the gate & you travel will along the Earthworks site. Just carry along the lane through a couple of gates & at the end you will see a small car park.)
We aim to:
- expand the quality of life for people to enable them to acquire and develop skills in the cultivation of vegetables and fruit
- help people with economic and social disadvantages such as the young, the unemployed, the elderly and disabled and people from ethnic communities and cultural minorities.
- demonstrate to people a better understanding of the environment/wildlife
- support people living in urban St. Albans who have little opportunity to get close to nature and the environment
So far we have:
- Built the sensory and disabled part of the garden. In this project we have been greatly helped by hard working volunteers from TESCO, Helping Hands, Interfaith Group and Waitrose. We received generous funding from Hertfordshire Community Foundation that allowed us to purchase the materials for our disabled garden.
- Oakland’s College kindly funded & planted a 40 tree orchard. David Curry, Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative planned our local fruit tree orchard. The college has also built us a sizeable shelter.
- Worked with Anne Wingate, St Albans Beekeepers, 7 bee hives have been installed at the bottom end of the garden.
- We have been very pleased to welcome the St Albans Child minder group. They have established a beautiful & well tended flower & vegetable show garden. We have been told that the children love the freedom & fun of the garden & thoroughly enjoy themselves.
- We are starting to work with the Asian Ladies Association to build Habiba’s garden, a memorial garden for Hawa’s Mum.
- We have also started to work with St Albans Adult Learning group on an exciting project.
- We are starting to build a herb garden & are planning to develop a Princess Charlotte’s garden and engage with local school children to plant flowers for the princess.
- We are reaching out to local people and community groups for the potential opportunities that will become available for learning about and getting involved in vegetable cultivation. We are also contacting local horticultural societies & garden clubs. with a view to persuading people with appropriate growing skills to give some time to help our targeted user groups.