Gardening/GrowYourOwn 21

23 May – 6 June

Open Food Gardens
Want to grow your own food but not sure where to start, or an experienced gardener needing inspiration? Come to an Open Food Garden during SustFest or the summer months. See how other people grow food in their outdoor space. Chat with gardeners, get tips. Find the dates
here: sustainablestalbans.org/ open-food-gardens including 27th May (below)

BeeWild! Make Your Own Seed Sculptures
Help your local pollinators! Make clay and wildflower seed sculptures which over time will crumble and sprout with spring flowers over time. Order your kit online by 28th May, make and place your creations anytime during the festival. Info £12.50 I All ages
Order Clay kits stalbanspottery.co.uk/bee-wild
By St Albans Pottery

Garden More Sustainably
Throughout SustFest21 we will share advice and solutions for gardening sustainably via social media. Follow us @aylettnurseries I @aylettnurseries I @aylettnurseries
Venue Online
Info Free I All ages I aylettnurseries.co.uk
By Aylett Nurseries Ltd.

Grow Sopwell Family Trail
Use our map and take your family on a trail around Sopwell’s green spaces, wildlife friendly havens and community gardens, collecting clues along the way.
Venue Sopwell. St Albans Info Free I All ages I @GrowSopwell
Email growsopwell@gmail.com Trail is self-led.
By Grow Community – Sopwell

Natural Beauty Of Earthworks – A Slow Video
Watch one day unfold in Earthworks’ eco-gardens. Experiencing the natural world supports our wellbeing. So slow down and relax with Earthworks’ slow video.
When? Available on website from 23 May
Venue Online earthworksstalbans.co.uk
Info Donations welcome I All ages I earthworksstalbans.co.uk
By Earthworks St Albans

Rothamsted – Science Trail
Walk our Science Trail, find the posters and discover more about our research. Add a painted pebble to Winifred the Sustainability Worm near our public café. Download map from: rothamstedenterprises.com/activities/walking-trail
Time 7am – until dark. Cafe open Mon – Fri 9am – 3pm.
Venue Rothamsted Research, Harpenden AL5 2JQ
Info Free I All ages I rothamsted.ac.uk
By Rothamsted Research

Sherrards’ Photo Competition- Win a Lussmanns Voucher!
Take a photo of what World Environment Day means to you for a chance to win! To enter post and tag Sherrards on instagram @sherrardsSolicitors1 or email events@sherrards.com
When? 12 April- 28 May. The winner announced 2 June.
Info Free I All ages – under 18s entries must be submitted by parent or guardian.
sherrards.com/news-post/sherrards-does-sustfest21
By Sherrards Solicitors

Sun 23 May

‘Introduction To Permaculture’ Garden Tour
With our printed tour guide, learn how we use permaculture principles to provide a low-maintenance, highly productive community food garden for all to enjoy. Self guided, numbers monitored.
Time 1 – 4pm
Venue Incredible Edible Civic Centre garden (outside Alban Arena)
Civic Centre, St Albans AL1 3LD
Info Free I foodsmilesstalbans.org.uk /p/blog-page_3
By FoodSmiles St Albans

SustFest21 Sustainable Market
Come along to our Sustainable Market. Eco- businesses, sustainable food/drink. Local environmental and community groups. #Plasticfree
Time 11am – 4pm
Venue St Peter’s Street, St Albans
Info sustfest.org I sustainablestalbans.org
By Sustainable St Albans & BID

Monday 24 May

Plant Your Own Herbs
Come along and plant your own herb garden to take home and grow. Time 10am – 3pm (30 minute sessions)
Venue Park Hall, Harpenden AL5 2LX
Book eventbrite.com/o/harpenden-town-council-27037465633
Info Free I All ages By Harpenden Town Council

Tues 25 May

Gardening For A Wilder St Albans – Water & Shelter
Find out how to add water and shelter to your garden. Walk around our garden to see a diverse range of places where animals shelter and talk about the different types of water features.
Time 10.30am – 12noon Venue St Albans
Book hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Info Free I Adult only I 01727 858901
By Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Kiss The Ground – Film & Discussion
One of the biggest problems is right under our feet: the soil. This film awakens us to the possibilities of regeneration. Watch it, then join us to discuss.
Time 8 – 9pm Venue Online
Book via website
Info Adult only I sustainablestalbans.org/our-planet-events
By Our Planet Our Future, Sustainable St Albans

Wed 26 May

Help Us Grow “Our Big Enormous Turnip”
The pre-school children, families and local volunteers needed to help us dig and create a new vegetable garden. Strong arms and growing expertise welcome! 4 Volunteers at a time to allow for social distancing.
Time 9.30 – 11.30am
Venue Scout Hut in Riverside Road (off Cottonmill Lane), St Albans
Book Volunteers can email Janet on oldlondonroadps@gmail.com
Info Wheely bin for paper donations I oldlondonroadps.org
By Old London Road Preschool
Wed 26, Thurs 27, Friday 28th May

Thirteen Paces By Four – Wildlife Gardening Talk & Q & A
Author/conservationist Joe Gray shares his philosophy on nature and inspires you to engage in DIY rewilding. Reconnect with backyard nature!
Time 7 – 8pm Venue Online
Book us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/
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Info- Free I All ages I stalbans.greenparty.org.uk
St Albans & District Green Party

Thurs 27 May

Open Food Garden
Ever fancied growing your own fruit or veg but not sure where to start? Come see how local residents do it! Pick up some tips and possibly even some seedlings.
Time 2.30am – 4.30pm
Venue 13 Abbey View Rd, St Albans AL3 4QL and 28 Abbey View Rd AL3 4QP
Info Free, donations requested I All ages I https://sustainablestalbans.org/open-food-gardens/
By Sustainable St Albans

Visit Our Community Garden
Help us develop a wildflower garden, enjoy a talk on our bees and help us renovate our pond for the frogs and toads.
Time 10.30am – 2pm
Venue CDA Herts Community Garden Hixberry Lane,
St Albans AL4 0TZ
Info Free I All ages I cdaherts.org.uk
By CDA Herts

Bird Feeders & Seed Bombs
We will be holding a zoom event for parents with children to make bird feeders and seed bombs.
Time 5.30 – 6.30pm Venue Online
Book thevineyardchurch.co.uk/whatson
Info Free I Aimed at kids I thevineyardchurch.co.uk
By The Vineyard Church St Albans

Sat 29 May

Adopt A Plant Day
Plants need good homes! Come along to one of four South St Albans churches to choose a vegetable/pollinator friendly plant to ‘adopt’. Advice on growing given.
Time 10am – 6pm (Check facebook for specific Church openings)
Venue Greenwood United Reformed Church
Info Free I All ages I @SSAChurches
By South St Albans Churches

Helping Wild Hedgehogs
Join our Live stream event direct from Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary to see how we help the hedgehogs and find out ways you too can help our garden friends.
Time 2 – 2.45pm Venue Online
Book fb.me/e/1lVK5eM4J
Info Free I All ages I @HornbeamWood
By Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary

Sun 30 May

Garden Medicines – Herbs At Home
Did you know that culinary herbs are great medicines, not to mention those pesky weeds? Explore using safe, effective, simple weeds and herbs for good health.
Time 10 – 11am Venue Online
Book paypal.me/Herbalist/9
Info £9 I Adult only I lucyblundenherbal.com
By Lucy Blunden Botanicals

Adopt A Plant Day
Plants need good homes! Come along to one of four South St Albans churches to choose a vegetable/pollinator friendly plant to ‘adopt’. Advice on growing given.
Time 10am – 6pm (Check facebook for specific Church openings)
Venue St Stephen’s and St Julian’s Church
Info Free I All ages I @SSAChurches
By South St Albans Churches

Wonders Great & Small
Explore small wonders in Church garden with magnifying glasses available to borrow. Hear of the wonder of the big picture. Please post photos to social media.
Time 2 – 3pm
Venue All Saints’ Church, 129 Station Road, Harpenden AL5 4UU
Book Email associate.vicar@allsaints.parishofharpenden.org
Info Free I All ages I @allsaintsharpenden
By All Saints’ Church, Harpenden

Monday 31 May

Wilderhood Watch Street Stalls
Visit our street stalls- with lots of challenges and activities. We are selling and giving
away items including seeds, seedlings, hedgehog signs and bird boxes.
Time 10am – 1pm Venue Lancaster Road, St Albans
Time 2 – 5pm Venue Woodstock Road South, St Albans
Info Free I All ages I wilderhoodwatch.org
By Wilderhood Watch

Tues 1 June

Wilderhood Watch Street Stalls
Visit our street stalls- with lots of challenges and activities. We are selling and giving away items including seeds, seedlings, hedgehog signs and bird boxes.
Time 10am-3pm Venue Abbey View Road
Info Free I All ages I wilderhoodwatch.org
By Wilderhood Watch

Gardening For Wilder St Albans – Making Homes for Wildlife
Find out how you can add shelter to your wildlife friendly garden. Walk around our garden to see different places where animals shelter. Then make an animal shelter for your own garden.
Time 10.30am – 12noon Venue St Albans
Book hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Info Free I Family event I hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
By Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

How To Grow Asian Herbs & Spices
How to grow ginger and fenugreek, how to use them in food and discover their many health benefits. Seeds to take away
Time 11am – 1pm
Venue CDA Community Garden, Hixberry Lane, St Albans AL4 0TZ
Info Small donation for the seed I All ages I hawaherts.co.uk
By Herts Asian Women Association (HAWA) / Tiffin Club

Thurs 3 June

Wilderhood Watch Street Stalls
Visit our street stalls- with lots of challenges and activities. We are selling and giving away items including seeds, seedlings, hedgehog signs and bird boxes.
Time2pm – 5pm Venue The Park, St Albans
Info Free I All ages I wilderhoodwatch.org
By Wilderhood Watch

The Remarkable Trees Of St Albans
Join us online for an enjoyable and fascinating presentation about our wonderful local trees by Kate Bretherton, author of ‘The Remarkable Trees of St Albans’.
Time 7 – 8.30pm Venue Online
Book hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2021-06-03-remarkable-trees-st-albans-online
Info Donation welcome I All ages I hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events
By Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Friday 4 June

Wilderhood Watch Street Stalls
Visit our street stalls- with lots of challenges and activities. We are selling and giving away items including seeds, seedlings, hedgehog signs and bird boxes.
Time 10am – 3pm Venue Jennings Road, St Albans
Info Free I All ages I wilderhoodwatch.org
By Wilderhood Watch

Sat 5 June

Wilderhood Watch Street Stalls
Visit our street stalls- with lots of challenges and activities. We are selling and giving away items including seeds, seedlings, hedgehog signs and bird boxes.
Time 10 – 12noon
Venue Outside St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane,
St Albans AL1 4DF
Info Free I All ages I wilderhoodwatch.org
By Wilderhood Watch

Sunday 6 June

SustFest21 Sustainable Market
Come along to our Sustainable Market. Eco- businesses, sustainable food/drink. Local environmental and community groups. #Plasticfree
Time 11am – 4pm
Venue St Peter’s Street, St Albans
Info sustfest.org I sustainablestalbans.org
By Sustainable St Albans & BID