Covid-19 – Sustfest update

Important news: Postponing SustFest20 to 2021

We sadly have to announce that we have decided to postpone this year’s 2020 Sustainability Festival and this year’s Market Takeover event…and aim to organise them again for next year. 😥

Sustainable St Albans with partner St.Albans Friends of the Earth, have had long, sad discussions (online of course).

Survey of Organisers

We have also surveyed all the organisers of events to understand their views.  The majority agreed with our sense that we need to cancel our work for this year and postpone for a new festival in 2021. We very much appreciated everyone’s responses and good wishes, and understand that a lot of people are also very disappointed.

While we considered a postponement to October this year, we felt that the uncertainty about the future months ahead meant we could not make that commitment.

  • In these unprecedented times with COVID-19, there are so many uncertainties at the moment; none of us knows what the situation will be regards movement of people, or gatherings, or the closure of cafes and shops – even in a few months’ time.
  •  Sustainable St Albans and St.Albans Friends of the Earth must also prioritise the safety of people involved in our activities and events as well as the wellbeing of society as a whole.
  •  We must also be responsible about how the money raised for the Sustainability Festival – through your generous donations and sponsorship as well as from important grant funds – is spent.
  • We have decided that we cannot risk continuing with a festival for May/June that might end up being cancelled at the last minute.

In the face of these responsibilities it has been decided, with great sadness, to postpone this year’s Sustainability Festival from May/June 2020 and plan for another festival next year. This includes the postponement of the Market Takeover that was planned for Sunday 24th May.

This does not mean that the huge job of fighting to save our climate and environment stops. Both Sustainable St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth will be exploring new ways to continue their work, and we hope that you will also be continuing to do what you can.

An incredible number of local organisations and businesses had contributed to the makings of an amazing Sustainability Festival with over 200 brilliant events. A few of us were able to see the first designed draft of this year’s programme – with more events than ever before: thanks to the work of our co-ordinator Susheel Rao and our designer Nicola Whyte it was looking wonderful!  We were so looking forward to everything – including London Colney’s Walk to School Week; vegan cooking classes and some incredible talks from well-known speakers such as Jonathon Porrit.

We look forward to working together to make SustFest21 even more incredible.

Your events

If you are still organising your event ; or have changed the date- or if you are arranging something online or in any other way – please let us know and Sustainable St Albans will endaevour to promote on our social media, newsletters and website.

We cannot promise this but we would like to build up a resource on the Sustainable St Albans website for local people to see local events.

Keep in touch

Please keep in touch with Sustainable St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth.

Both groups operate all year round with various projects that you can get involved in – including Sustainable Schools, films and discussions on all things sustainable; campaigning on air pollution and growing trees.

Keep checking on our websites for new developments in the coming months. Follow us on social media and keep thinking about ways to make St Albans District a greener, more sustainable place to live. We would love to share your ideas and initiatives, and have you involved with our work.

Both groups have monthly newsletters all year round – see below for links.

Sustainable St Albans:
Contact us by clicking here
Sign up for our monthly newsletter here
Facebook: @SustainableStAlbans
Twitter: @SustainableStA
Instagram: @sustainablesta

St Albans Friends of the Earth:
Contact us by clicking here, including to sign up for our newsletter
Click here to join our Facebook group 
Twitter: @stalbansfoe