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Radio Verulam Environment Matters
17 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Your help needed to make our spaces wilder
The journey to a Wilder St.Albans has started and Heidi Carruthers of Herts and Middx Wildlife Trusts wants your help finding spaces with potential to become better for wildlife You can nominate a space near you to become wilder on the Wilder Spaces page of the Wilder St.Albans website We also hear about a well [...]
17 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Butterfly World 2.0 spreading its wings
Having drawn a blank saving the former Butterfly World site, Butterfly World 2.0 are creating butterfly friendly areas further afield. Lindsay McRea explains what they’re up to and how you can help take the ‘take the pulse of the natural world’ with this year’s Big Butterfly Count. Butterfly World 2.0 welcome new volunteers. You can [...]
17 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Feeding bellies not bins at the Random Cafe
Feeding bellies not bins is the aim of Watford's amazing Random Cafe - Sustainable Watford . Be inspired by manager, Jane, who talks about the origins, achievements and plans of this awesome organisation. CLASH are opposing development on Green Belt land behind the houses on Harpenden Road by Hunston Properties and DLA Town Planning for 150 [...]
17 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
So did SustFest go well?
St.Albans Sustainability Festival Working Group chair, Jill Watson, shares some of the difficulties and successes of this year’s festival To support the Herts and Middlesex Trust Astonbury Wood appeal go to To support the campaign, visit hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/astonburywood You can download the tree trail from the link on the St.Albans Environment Action Group website - https://stalbansenvironmentaction.org/ [...]
18 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Does St.Albans care about the Climate Crisis?
The results of the St.Albans District Residents Climate Survey are in and Catherine Ross, trustee of Sustainable St.Albans, explains the findings. She also talks about why we're being to asked to take 16 steps to cut our carbon in the lead up to the Glasgow Climate talks. You can book to join the Count Down [...]
17 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Can I manage without a green waste bin?
From 1st July St.Albans District residents will have to pay if they want their green waste collected. So, even if you have a garden, how easy is it to manage without a green bin? Experienced composter, Andy, and newby composter Danielle share their tips and experiences and Amanda will have more ideas about how to [...]
17 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Step forward young trustees!
Young people under the age of 30 make up only 3% of trustees. Young trustee Nina Vinther talks about her experience as a trustee, has tips for other young people wanting to give trusteeship a try and explains why she thinks that having more young trustees could help move environmental issues up the agenda.
8 minutes | May 31, 2021
Writer and performance poet Keisha Thompson responds to the Your Forest project recently broadcast on Radio Verulam's Local Life programme. Financed by the Audio Content Fund, Your Forest was created by Wild Rumpus in association with England's Community Forests.
12 minutes | May 31, 2021
Responding to woodlands
We’re back to the “Your Forests” project and focusing on a few of the many creative responses to woodlands and forests. In this podcast, it’s Nicola Davies, writer and poet. A joint effort by ‘Wild Rumpus’ and ‘England’s Community Forests’, the project has been funded by Audio Content Fund and broadcast by ten local community [...]
18 minutes | May 31, 2021
SustFest Goes Global
Local activist Farhat Zia explains how she hopes that the Herts Asian Women's Association Sustainability Festival event at which she is speaking will enable communities from around the world to learn from each other about environmental issues that ultimately affect the whole world, and how she's taking steps to help reduce plastic pollution in her [...]
18 minutes | May 23, 2021
How Wild Are We?
Heidi Carruthers of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trusts asks us to take a questionnaire to take a closer look and report back on the wildness around us and local business woman Kate Cherry explains how her Sustainability Festival event could help individuals and businesses recycle more. To find out more about St.Albans Sustainability Festival and [...]
17 minutes | May 17, 2021
Earthworks goes slow
Steven Shelley explains how and why Earthworks will be joining the slow TV trend for SustFest and Nigel Harvey gives tips on air source heat pumps ahead of St.Albans XR/St.Lukes SustFest events at which he is talking.
18 minutes | May 9, 2021
Activism and Optimism – and Growing!
Nina Vinther, one of the young organisers of Activism and Optimism explains about the event and why it's so important that young people are politically engaged on the issues around the climate crisis. You can book your ticket here And Kate Swindells of Grow Community Sopwell share details of their community garden launch. More details and [...]
17 minutes | May 2, 2021
Hear how gardening has been a lockdown lifesaver for volunteers at the Marshalswick Community Garden. And Chris Thorne of Aylett Nurseries gives tips on choosing and using peat free composts. If you'd like to be involved in the Marshalswick Community Garden contact Sandridge Parish Council on 01727 831871 or email email@example.com For tips from the [...]
17 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Why so many wildlife evictions?
Recently there’s been reports around the District of privately owned land that had become known as a site rich in nature has suddenly been stripped of vegetation and worse. In this podcast Mark Park-Crowne, spokesperson for the Save Napsbury Wildlife Sanctuary Group talks about what's happened on the site near him, and Matt Dodds, planning [...]
10 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Forests of the Future
In the final part of the "Your Forests Project", the creators (Wild Rumpus) focus on the future, including the expanding roots of England's Northern Forest - from Liverpool via Chester, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield to Hull - and discover why Tiny Forests are springing up in towns and cities across the country.
10 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Forests for All
The fourth part of the "Your Forests Project" looks at accessibility to these vital green spaces. This project involved Radio Verulam and nine other Community Radio Stations across England in encouraging all of us to visit our nearest woodland or forest (for most of us, that's Heartwood Forest, just outside Sandridge), record a minute of [...]
10 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Forests for Nature
The third part of the "Your Forest Project", created by Wild Rumpus in association with England's Community Forests and funded by the Audio Content Fund, looks at the important role of forests and woodland in the life and survival of wildlife of all sort and sizes.
17 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
So much to look forward to at SustFest 21
St.Albans Sustainability Festival is once of the biggest of its kind in the UK, and it’s back 23rd May to 6th June. Jill Watson, chair of the volunteer SustFest working group tells us how registration has gone, gives us a taster of events to look forward to and explains how it will happen in spite [...]
17 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Averting coffee cup disaster
Hear from local 6th former Olivia who talks about her petition aimed at keeping coffee cups out of landfill. Newly appointed Wilder St.Albans Project Officer Heidi Carruthers (firstname.lastname@example.org) talks about how she’s getting started and how we can help. And Ali Insall invites us to the Hertfordshire Environment Hustings. You'll also hear about the Wilderhood [...]
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