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Our Planet Our Future

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Our Planet Our Future is a series of regular 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. Our events take place in Harpenden on alternate months. Our 2023 Season includes:

17 Jan 2023: How to reduce your energy use – from quick fixes to eco-renovation

21 Mar 2023: Curious about local eco businesses?

16 May 2023 : Film: The Ants and The Grasshopper

11 Jul 2023: Guided walk: Exploring Batford Springs

26 Sep 2023: Greening your money

14 Nov 2023: Launching the OPOF book club

All the events (except the walk) are in the Function Room of The Plough and Harrow, 88 Southdown Rd, Harpenden, AL5 1PR. More details below with free tickets available to book here.

Upcoming 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)
View more photos of the event and art installation

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 or say hello at one of our events, we’d love to meet you!