Corona Lockdown 2020

(previously our St Albans Sustainability Festival 2020 page)

Due to the Corona virus lockdown, we will all be spending more time in our gardens. Because of this, Wilderhood Watch is keen to run our two events which were originally planned for this year’s Sustfest, as both of them are activities you can carry out in the safety of your own homes. They are also very child-friendly!

The Great St Albans Sunflower Challenge

(Watch this space for our Sunflower Counter starting mid-April!)

As part of our Pollinator Highway Project, and along with support from Grow Community – Sopwell, we are challenging St Albans residents to plant as many sunflowers as they can in their gardens during the lockdown. Sow your seeds outside in a sunny spot from mid-April through to the end of May and then contact us to let us know how many you’ve planted. If you have room in your front garden, even better, as then more people can enjoy them.

To pick up a free packet of Sunflower seeds, simply make one of our Wilderhood Watch roads part of your exercise route. You can then pick up your seeds outside 66 Lancaster Rd, 71 Leyland Ave, 62 Woodstock Rd South or 62 Warwick Rd.

If you would like to become a Wilderhood Watch Street, we will give you a welcome pack of 50 packets of Sunflower seeds to share with your neighbours. Alternatively, you could make up envelopes yourself by adding a teaspoon of seeds to each and writing brief instructions on the front. Source the seeds from Bee Happy Plants for a competitively priced and organic product, or even better, from a local organic gardener.

The Wilderhood Watch Photography Competition

This is a competition to find the best photograph of garden wildlife, and will be judged on artistic merit, technical skill and ecological interest. There will be winners in four age categories –

  • Infant School and below
  • Junior School
  • Secondary School
  • Adult

Prizes will be a small, hand knitted hedgehog along with its very own hand built house.

Please send entries to during the Corona lockdown and once lockdown measures have been relaxed we will announce the winners.