As sustainability becomes more and more of an issue for the world St Albans once again is ahead of the game. From May 11th until June 1st there will be three weeks of events all about the environment and sustainable living across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages. The return of the award-winning St Albans Sustainability Festival and over 160 events means there will be something for everyone to enjoy and many events are completely free.
The events to choose from range from guided walks to inspiring films; cookery classes to community food growing; cycle rides to storytelling. There will be a repair fair, a place to take along broken items and see if they can be repaired. There will also be a community sports day for every member of the family to take part in. In the evenings there are talks on anything from sustainable fashion to an introduction to green investment. For the gamers, there is even a sustainable pub quiz.
One of the bigger events is the Market Takeover from 11am-5pm on Sunday 19th May when St Albans city centre will be filled with sustainability-themed stalls, food, music and activities all aimed at helping residents reduce their carbon footprint.
Many of the other events take place in Harpenden and the villages. There will be lots of family-friendly craft sessions. Then there is fun with nature including a plastic-free picnic, river-dipping in the River Lea or an allotment open day in Batford; go “plogging” (jogging and litter picking) in Redbourn or help tidy up Wheathampstead’s green spaces.
As you would expect thousands of children across the St Albans and Harpenden District will become involved in the Sustainability Festival through their schools, Scouting, Guiding and other youth groups, so don’t get left behind parents. Programmes are available from local libraries, boxes outside the Harpenden Directory and Harpenden Town Information point.