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Our Planet Our Future is a series of ongoing events and talks about sustainability, free for everyone to attend. Speakers are usually local, and present interesting and sometimes novel perspectives about moving towards a more sustainable life and lower carbon economy.

We are very grateful to Harpenden Trust for their grant to promote our environmental sustainability activities in Harpenden, including the support for the Our Planet Our Future events.

Upcoming Events

Redbourn 2022 Litter Pick

Redbourn Village

Litter pick to be undertaken by either individuals, families or organisations. This is a Sustainability Festival 2022 Event. To browse other SustFest22 events click here.    

Free

Sopwell Wildlife Trail

Grow Community - Sopwell Community Garden Bottom of Berners Drive, St Albans

Use our map to take your family on a trail around Sopwell’s green spaces, wildlife-friendly havens and community gardens, collecting clues along the way. This is a Sustainability Festival 2022 Event.Continue reading Sopwell Wildlife Trail

Free

SustFest on Radio Verulam 92.6fm

Radio Verulam

Tune in to 92.6fm Radio Verulam throughout SustFest for features on the Festival and local sustainability issues. This is a Sustainability Festival 2022 Event. To browse other SustFest22 events click here.

Free

SustFest on Radio Verulam 92.6fm

Radio Verulam

Tune in to 92.6fm Radio Verulam throughout SustFest for features on the Festival and local sustainability issues. This is a Sustainability Festival 2022 Event. To browse other SustFest22 events click here.

Free

Wildlife Day

Nude Tin Can 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans

Tommy & Lottie and Nude Tin Can have come together to host a day of wildlife awareness as part of the St Albans District Sustainable Festival 2022. The wildlife dayContinue reading Wildlife Day

Free

God’s Green House

St Paul's Church, St Albans Blandford Road, St Albans

Plant sale, eco tours of church and garden, activities for children including making bird feeders, Fairtrade refreshments and more ... No booking required. This is a Sustainability Festival 2022 Event. ToContinue reading God’s Green House

Free

If you have any ideas for subjects you would like us to cover in these sessions, or if you would like to be a part of the Our Planet organising team, please let us know.

Dates for your diary

Our 2022 events return to the Harpenden Arms, every second Monday of alternate months at 7.30 to 9.30pm.

  • 9 May
  • 11 July
  • 12 September
  • 14 November

It’s a short walk from Harpenden Train station. Find us in the Pullman Room at the Harpenden Arms, 188 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2TR.

Thank you to the Harpenden Arms for supporting our 2022 evening events.

Past events

Been to one of our events and want to see photos or find resources? Or just curious about what sort of speakers we’ve had and topics we’ve discussed? Head over to our Past Events page to find out.

How it all started

The original Our Planet Our Future festival of ideas was held at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, on 21 April 2018.

Over three acts, 18 speakers presented topics ranging from imagining tomorrow’s homes to eco-friendly periods, from wondering how we get the City to invest in green initiatives, to edible insects, and more.

Thanks to generous funding from the Harpenden Trust, talks are available to watch here on our website or on YouTube. Take a look for the full range of topics, and get inspired!

The art installation and tree plantings

Alongside the events we displayed an art installation of three new trees, sponsored by Ayletts. Delegates hung their sustainability pledges on the branches, and the trees were then planted across the district. 

  • The first tree, a Silver Birch, was planted in Leyton Green by Harpenden Town Mayor, Cllr David Heritage on 6 November 2018. Unfortunately the tree was damaged in spring 2021, however Ayletts kindly donated a replacement tree which was planted by current Harpenden Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Cousins on 1 December 2021.
  • The second tree, a crab apple, was planted in the William Bell Playground by Sandridge Parish Councillor, Cllr John Hale on 19 December 2019.
  • The third tree, a copper beech, was planted in Clarence Park, by St Albans Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Farmer, on 6 February 2019.
St Albans Mayor Cllr Rosemary Farmer (front) plants copper beech in Clarence Park on 6 Feb 2019; l-r Andy Webb & Louise Canfield (Ayletts), Susheel Rao, Dan Fletcher, Lesley Flowers (Our Planet Our Future)
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Contact the team

If you’re involved in a sustainability project locally that you think others may like to hear about, get in touch and we’ll see if you could be a good fit for one of our future talks. Either send us an email via ourplanet@sustainablestalbans.org or say hello at one of our events, we’d love to meet you!