Wilderhood Watch is an action group of St Albans residents that has its roots in Lancaster and Gurney Court Roads. It is focused on sustainable local projects and campaigns, particularly relating to wildlife and our urban eco-system.
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Our Network of Wilderhood Watch Groups
- Lancaster and Gurney Court Roads
- Bernards Heath: Warwick Road
- Bernards Heath: Culver Road
- Bernards Heath: Boundary Road
- Bernards Heath: Heath Road
- Ladder Roads
- The Park
- Clifton Street
- Leyland Ave
- Woodstock Rd South, Eaton Rd and Arthur Rd
- Offa Rd, Abbey View Rd and Ver Rd
- Cunningham Ave
Latest Project Updates
Please have a look at our Corona Lockdown 2020 page to read details of our Great St Albans Sunflower Challenge and Photography Competition. The Sunflower Challenge especially is growing in popularity, with neighbours having picked up over 120 packets of seeds from outside 66 Lancaster Rd alone. We can’t wait to see all the Sunflowers growing in everyone’s gardens come Summer!
If you are a Lancaster Rd resident or live nearby, you are welcome to become involved in our neighbourhood plant swap during lockdown. Please check out our Plant Swap page for further details.
On Saturday, March 14th, Wilderhood Watch members had a marathon day of meadow planting, first at Bernard’s Heath Junior School, and then at St Saviour’s Church on Sandpit Lane. Fingers crossed we get loads of beautiful wildflowers appearing this Summer!
On the 2nd of January she also gave a talk at the first St Albans Environment Action Group (EAG) meeting of 2020. The group was formed in 2018 by residents and councillors. It exists to connect local environmental groups and individuals more strongly with local councils, and support local councils’ efforts to improve the environment for humans and all life. They meet every two months at St Albans Council and host speakers from different environmental groups at the meetings. Everyone is welcome, so if you’re interested in getting involved, check out their website for future meeting dates.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been regularly sighting Red Kites circling the trees lining the railway cutting between Lancaster and Gurney Court roads (photo taken 07-01-20). We have to be constantly vigilant to ensure that these beautiful trees and the wildlife they support remain protected from unnecessary vegetation management by Network Rail. Read more about our Save the Trees project here.
We’ve been busy putting up signs along our Hedgehog Streets to encourage drivers to keep to a safe speed and prevent our much-loved neighbourhood hedgehogs from being run over. Signs are now up along: Jennings Rd, Blenheim Rd, Lancaster Rd, Gurney Court Rd, The Park and Arthur Rd. Please contact us if you’d like one!
Thank you to everyone who visited our stall at the Sandringham School Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December, and to all the Wilderhood Watch members who donated handmade items to sell. We managed to raise over £150! The money will be used to buy tree saplings for our Plant a Tree project involving local schools, and seeds for future Buzz Stop wildflower meadows. Congratulations to our hand-built Hedgehog House Raffle winner, Anne.
Here is our most recently installed Hedgehog Sign, outside Little Steps Day Nursery at the top of Lancaster Road! If you would like a sign put up outside your house, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We planted 30 trees at Bernard’s Heath Infant School on November 30th as part of the Big Climate Fightback. Check out our Plant a Tree project.
As Winter approaches and the temperature plummets, the wildlife in your garden needs your help more than ever. Have a look at our top ten tips to keep them warm and well fed during the festive season.
Wilderhood Watch members supported the Global Climate Strike in St Albans on the 20th September 2019.
Our Wilderhood Watch stall was very popular at the Warwick Road Street Party on the 8th September 2019. Lots of residents have now pledged to create or maintain Hedgehog Holes in their garden fences as part of their new Hedgehog Street project! If you have a Hedgehog Hole in your fence, remember to register it on the Hedgehog Street website.
We are currently collaborating with District Councillor Mandy McNeil, the St Albans BID (Business Improvement District) and local schools to install a Pollinator Highway in St Albans City Centre, a project funded by the St Albans BID. Local garden designer, St Albans Friends of the Earth member and Wilderhood Watch member Amanda Yorwerth will be creating the planting scheme and overseeing the maintenance of the site involving Wilderhood Watch members and local school children.
Our stall at a St Albans Sustainability Festival event, June 2019.