This year for the Sustainability Festival (May 15th – 30th) we launched 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 launched our Wildlife Gardening Champion project at our newly created George Street Canteen wildlife garden. We had a great time chatting to all our visitors and giving tours round some of the garden’s fabulous wildlife-friendly features such as our butterfly mound, dead-hedge and pond.
Congratulations to Kate Hanks and her family who were the lucky recipients of our Wilderhood Watch Hedgehog House. We hope you get a spiky little visitor there very soon!
People who collected the 6 project stall stickers on our ‘Buzz Trail’ were in with a chance to win one of our very own Wilderhood Watch hedgehog houses!(see above)
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.
We ran two street stalls this year in collaboration with Sopwell Grow Community, outside number 46 Prospect rd. Residents came along to buy organically grown seeds and seedlings and were nspired to grow their 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.