Supporters

FoodSmiles St Albans is a community-focused society and we would be nothing without our many supporters. As well as our volunteers and members we are grateful to all the following businesses and organisations for their support over the years.



In 2015 we received £2,000 from the People's Postcode Trust which contributed towards building a 4th polytunnel to increase our year-round crops and a packing shed to make the distribution of vegetables to members boxes more efficient.  

In 2018 we received a further £2,000 for our community gardens, allowing us to buy large wheelchair-accessible raised beds for Incredible Edible Russell Avenue.

People's Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.


We received £1904 from the Trust to fund a variety of low carbon projects centered around an off-grid solar power system for lighting, refrigeration and battery powered tools.

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.






Harpenden Town Council provided a grant for the purchase of organic compost which has helped us in the 2017 growing season, and provided a room for our AGM.

And after attending our 2018 Harvest Festival, the Mayor of Harpenden made a donation too.

 



County Councillor Chris White’s Locality Budget gave us grants in 2016, 2017 and 2018 towards a polytunnel, some new tools and compost



We won some money towards our Incredible Edible community gardens, and again towards fruit cages at our Hixberry Lane site, as part of Waitrose’s ‘Community Matters’ scheme.



The Incredible Edible Network, of whom we're a member, granted us £1000 for compost and tools for our two community gardens.



The Odyssey donated towards our community garden costs.



The Hare and Hounds in Sopwell Lane donated towards our community garden costs.



Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, in association with Groundwork UK, awarded us a grant of £2000 to replace polytunnel 2 and reskin polytunnel 3.



Awarded a grant for our water-harvesting project.


Hammonds End Farm, a certified organic farm, is home to our first and most developed site, as well as providers of much-needed manure!



CDA Herts hosts our second site as part of its Community Garden project at Hixberry Lane, St Albans. 

 



Aylett Nurseries has supported us with a variety of gardening equipment as well as compost and woodchip. Some has been provided as donations, others at keen prices.

 



Lussmanns has kindly provided meeting rooms and much needed refreshment.



FoodSmiles partners with The Courtyard Cafe to tend their herb garden. They have also provided a venue for our coffee morning talks.

 


Local brewers Farr Brew have supported us in several ways, from giving us their spent hops to use as mulch on our Hixberry Lane site, to free beer for our AGM. Several of our members were also part of their Hop Collective, which resulted in their first beer released at the St Albans Beer Festival 2017.



Carpenters’ Nursery donated plants for our Incredible Edible gardens



JPA Furniture helped with our recycling efforts by rehoming four tables in our polytunnels.



Although based in Sudbury, The Sticker Factory donated FoodSmiles stickers for us to give out to spread the word.



Godfrey’s Fish & Chips provided a lovely old room for us to run an evening talk, and their notice board for advertising.


‘Support to Sort’ sympathetic and efficient decluttering and clearing service have donated tools as well as china and cutlery to help with our socials and Harvest Festivals.

 


Adam designed our logo.


Bretherton Law helped us by reviewing the licences for our community garden land.



Buttle’s Building Materials Supplier provided a generous discount on celotex insulation for our compost bins.



The Reading Rooms in Wheathampstead provided a room for our February 2019 AGM.


NCP invited us to create a community garden on land leased by them, and were very supportive in its creation.

St Albans District Council licences both our Incredible Edible gardens.  


The Repair Shed straighten and sharpen our tools for a small donation, providing a charming and excellent service.


Sustainable St Albans helped to kickstart FoodSmiles back in 2014 and have always given us lots of support and promotional help.


Aboyne Lodge Residents Association funded a tomato support frame and growbags for Incredible Edible Russell Avenue.