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SUST FEST: St Albans community comes together to promote sustainable future for city

 Published on: 14th June 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Towards the end of last month St Albans residents, groups and businesses came together to promote sustainability as part of SustFest21.

Between May 23 and June 6 over 170 events were held across the St Albans district including sustainable markets, online fashion events and nature walks.

Jill Watson, chair of the festival said that the events were a huge success with local people working together to promote climate and environmental issues.

She said: “Local people’s events were incredibly successful in raising awareness to ensure that we all keep climate and environmental issues in mind and continue to take actions to reduce our carbon footprint – both individually and in local policy-making going forward.”  

Heidi Carruthers, people and wildlife officer for the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust hosted an event for children in Verulamium Park.

She said: “Children had a fabulous time at the event in our wildlife garden in Verulamium Park exploring our bug hotels and pond-dipping.”

Throughout the week there were also a series of online talks featuring some well-known speakers such as veteran campaigner Jonathon Porritt.

Lee Wood of Butterfly World 2.0 hosted the talk and said: “It was an honour to host a talk by the veteran campaigner, Jonathon Porritt, as he shared his views on Climate Change: The Decisive Decade and answered our questions.”

If any residents missed out on the events of SustFest21 some of the talks and activities are now available to enjoy online.

Residents can watch Professor Kate Jeffery of UCL’s talk about Climate Change, Hornbeam Wood’s talk on Helping Wild Hedgehogs or download local walking trails.

Visit sustfest.org.

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