Sustainability Festival 2022

This year for the Sustainability Festival (May 15th – 30th) we are launching our Swift Action and Wildlife Gardening Champions projects, as well as running some street stalls, including a ‘Buzz Trail’ on Saturday, May 21st from 2pm – 4:30pm.

Wildlife Gardening Champion Launch

On Sunday, May 29th from 11-3pm we’ll be launching our Wildlife Gardening Champion project in the wildlife garden we’ve been busy creating behind the George Street Cafe. Details are yet to be finalised but we’re hoping it’ll include pond dipping and a tour round all our fabulous garden features designed with wildlife in mind.

Please join us to celebrate the transformation of this beautiful space located right next to St Albans cathedral and hear more about our fantastic new project. We’ll also be announcing the winner of our Buzz Trail prize – a hand-made Wilderhood Watch hedgehog house! (pictured below)

Buzz Trail

Collect the 6 project stall stickers on our ‘Buzz Trail’ and be in with a chance to win one of our very own Wilderhood Watch hedgehog houses!

Our ‘Buzz Trail’ last Saturday took people round all six of our Buzz Stops, which each had a stall promoting one of our projects. There were activities and lots of information, as well as knitted hedgehogs and greetings cards to buy, vegan snacks and plenty of plant and seed give-aways.

People who’ve collected a project sticker from every stall now have a ‘Buzz Pass’, which entitles them to a visit from a Wildlife Gardening Champion. They’re also in the draw to win a handmade Wilderhood Watch hedgehog house!

Street Stalls

We will be running two street stalls this year in collaboration with Sopwell Grow Community. One was held this Sunday and the next one will be on Saturday May 28, outside number 46 Prospect rd. Come along to buy organically grown seeds and seedlings and be inspired to grow your own as well as creating a wildlife friendly garden.

Our Prospect Rd stall, run in collaboration with the Sopwell Grow Community, was very popular with the neighbours!

Sustainability Festival 2021

Last year as part of the Sustainability Festival, Wilderhood Watch ran a series of stalls across many of our streets, as well as joining in with the Sustfest Market on May 23rd. Our stalls sold and gave away a variety of wildlife related items such as pollinator friendly seeds and seedlings, (including Sunflower seeds for our Great St Albans Sunflower Challenge), and 20mph Hedgehog signs.

Our stall at the Sustfest market

Our stall on Lancaster Rd

Our stalls on Abbey View Rd and The Park

Our stalls at Woodstock rd South and St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane

We sold knitted hedgehogs for £4:00 each as well as hedgehog signs at the cost price of £7:50. By charging for these as well as our custom made greetings cards (£1:00), we were able to give away our packets of sunflower seeds, along with an assortment of other pollinator friendly seeds and seedlings.

If you couldn’t make it to any of our stalls and you’d like to buy some of our cards, please just email nadia@wilderhoodwatch.org. They’re £1:00 each and left blank for your own message.

We launched our 2021 Photography Challenge on the first day of Sustfest and sold tall variety Sunflower seedlings for £1:00, which people could grow to compete in our Tallest Sunflower Competition.