St Michael’s Village has many attractions, centred on the 18th Century Bridge and the pre-Roman Ford.
In 2002, local residents, aided by St Albans Council, the Lottery Heritage Fund and Hertfordshire County Council, got together to restore the area and create a Community Garden. The garden has be maintained informally since then by a number of residents calling themselves the “Hoe and Trowel Group”
To see archive photographs of the creation of the Ford Garden please click here
"The Hoe and Trowel Group" meet the 3rd Saturday of every month excluding December from 10.30 to 12.00.
The dates for 2016 are February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th , October 18th and November 19th.
As ever, we do need volunteers to come along and help maintain the Garden. Please bring whatever tools you would like to use and stay for as long as you like. If you would like to help with this project or want further information please contact Madeleine Sansom on SA 846761.
In 2011, the council was persuaded of the need to cut back the willow trees once more and so provide the plants in the Ford garden with some light.
Also in 2011/2012, in addition to the monthly maintenance work, we revamped a bed which initially had a monoculture of dogwoods. Fishpool Residents' Association and The Society of St. Michaels and Kingsbury donated funds towards this.
In the autumn of 2014, three years after the last time, the Council again cut back the willow tree, giving the garden much more light for 2015. An application has been made to the City Neighbourhood's Committee for money to re-gravel St Michael's beach, following the floods of early 2014, which largely depleted it.
For details of the 10th Anniversary Enhancement please click here
To see photographs of the Ford Garden in 2012 please click here