An annual programme of local gardens open to visitors, run by residents who are passionate about growing food.

Inspiration, tips and advice, and sometimes even seedlings are on offer.

The programme has been running since 2009, seeing hundreds of visitors to the gardens, allotments and community growing projects.

Open Food Gardens 2021

Call for gardens and allotments

Would you consider opening your food garden or allotment to the public in 2021?

We’re looking for food growing spaces to open up to visitors (Covid guidelines allowing) to provide inspiration, share experiences, and build a community around growing our own food.

You can choose a date to suit your garden and will be provided with event helpers and a Covid-safe risk assessment.

We’d also welcome video tours of your growing spaces (see below for examples), and can arrange filming.

Get in touch via email to take part:

Event helpers wanted

Interested in growing your own food and joining the home-grown community in St Albans, Harpenden and the villages?

Why not volunteer a couple of hours as an event helper for Open Food Gardens 2021.

Duties include:

  • setting up a banner and welcome table
  • welcoming visitors and taking £2 donations on the door
  • directing visitors to the host for specific queries

Get in touch via email to take part:

Open Food Gardens 2020

Sadly, we couldn’t run our programme of garden visits in 2020, so we ‘went virtual’ and created a series of videos of food growing in local gardens:

Catherine’s top tips for a family-friendly garden

A tour of Nigel and Clare’s productive and wildlife-friendly garden

A tour of June’s compact north-facing garden

A tour of June’s very productive compact front garden

A tour of Mousumi’s garden growing Bangladeshi pumpkins. The music is a Bangla song about cooking pumpkin.

Open Food Gardens 2019

Open Food Gardens 2018

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