This National Gardening Week (26 April – 2 May) we are calling on our green fingered supporters to come forward and help us transform our community garden.

We provide a home, meaningful work opportunities, support and training for up to 39 formerly homeless people, known as companions, from our community in St Albans. The site in Hill End has a large garden with lots of potential that we want to transform into a communal space for our companions, staff and volunteers to enjoy.

If you are a gardener, whether amateur or professional, and would like to help us on this project, we’d love to hear from you. You must be happy to volunteer your time and you will be working alongside formerly homeless people who now call Emmaus Hertfordshire their home.

If you would like to get involved and support the Emmaus Hertfordshire team with its plans to transform its garden, please email [email protected]

John Chesters, CEO of Emmaus Hertfordshire says:

“We all know how important access to green space is to health and wellbeing, especially after this last year of lockdowns. We are very lucky to have access to a large communal garden at our community in St Albans, but we are definitely not using it to its full potential.

 “Many of our companions are keen to get stuck in and tidy the space up and have ambitions to grow their own vegetables and flowers, but we need someone to guide us along the way. We’re looking for some enthusiastic volunteer gardeners to join our team, working alongside our companions to transform our garden into a space our whole community can enjoy.”