Open Food Gardens is an annual programme of local gardens open to visitors during the summer months. The programme is run by residents who are passionate about growing food. Inspiration, tips and advice, and sometimes even seedlings are on offer.

The programme, which began in 2009, has seen hundreds of visitors to the food gardens, allotments and community growing projects.

Our lovely Open Food Garden volunteers meeting up in 2021 after a fantastic summer season – thanks to all!

Open Food Gardens programme 2021

Open Food Gardens July & August

Download this 2021 programme

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.

Volunteer tasks 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.

2019 programme

2018 programme

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