Taste of the outdoors

Saturday 19th November:


sopwell-nunnerySat 19th November: Conservation session at Sopwell Nunnery Green new nature reserve

Come and help build a bench, clear brambles and vegetation, litter pick, or reinstall the VVS Footpath sign. A Ver Valley Society event. Tools will be supplied. Adults (16+). Meet in the new nature reserve, by the
river next to the Alban Way Bridge. FREE.
Register interest email sue.frearson@which.net
or phone 01727 761878. 10am – 1pm. Car parking at the allotment carpark, Sopwell Mill Lane, off Cottonmill Lane.


allotmentSat 19th November: Allotment Promotion Stall

Always wanted to grow your own veg? Come along to the
market to speak to the Council Allotments Officer and find out about what it’s like to have an allotment. You can even sign up for one. FREE. 10am – 4pm St Albans Market.


cllr-chivers-community-litter-pickSat 19th November: Community litter pick

Community litter pick in Verulamium Park with Cllr Jessica Chivers. Bags, gloves and pickers provided. It’ll put a smile on your face come rain or shine. Verulamium Park. Meet at the top of the causeway (the stretch of cycleway and footpath that leads from the lake, along the
Roman wall to the King Harry Park entrance). FREE. 10.30am – 11.30am Verulamium Park.


cyclists-dismount-stupid-signSat 19th November: Cyclenation Conference

This national event brings together cycling planners and
campaigners to discuss opportunities and challenges of
improving cycling facilities. Workshops/talks on healthy streets, road justice, mini-Hollands, cycling infrastructure and more. £15. Booking www.stacc.org.uk and click Conference. 11am – 6pm Dagnall Street Baptist Church,
St Albans, AL3 5EE.


foodsmilesSat 19th November: Organic Food Growing group Open Day

FoodSmiles St Albans invites you to a tour, vegetable cakes and hot soup. Meet some of our members. See if this is something for you, benefits for members include organic veg, exercise, fresh air, learning new skills, and social interaction. Join us! Families welcome. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07813 047463. FREE. 12pm – 4pm Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden, AL5 2AY.


foodsmilesSat 19th November: FoodSmiles: A practical introduction to composting

Learn how to make good compost and have a go. Please wear strong shoes and bring gardening gloves. Adults and children over 10. £3. To book, email foodsmiles.info@gmail.com In case of very bad weather please contact 07813 047463. 2pm – 3pm Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden, AL5 2AY.


Sunday 20th November


Aspenden 160807Sun 20th November: A led Cycle ride into the Chilterns

A 50 mile fairly hilly road ride. Mid-morning café stop in Chalfont St Peter, lunch pub stop in Berkhamstead, return to St Albans late afternoon. Bring money for the refreshments, lights, pump, spare tube, etc. Average speed 12 mph. Minimum age is 18. Ride will go ahead unless there are icy conditions. FREE. Non Cycling UK members welcome but must book in advance – email Southhertsctc@gmail.com 9.15am – 3pm Meet at the War Memorial in St Albans (top of St Peter’s Street).


ParkSTPickerswasteSun 20th November: Community Litter Pick Park St Pickers

We aim to recycle as much litter as possible by separating out cans, plastic bottles etc. from rubbish that we collect on our litter pick. We are not normally deterred by the weather – phone 01727 751319 to check. FREE. 10am – 12 noon Meet in the car park of the recreation ground on Park Street Lane AL2 2NE.


coppicing-hazel-at-self-unlimitedSun 20th November: Hazel Coppicing Taskforce

Coppicing hazel wood that can be used in traditional crafts. This benefits the trees, the woodland and provides sustainable materials for a variety of uses. FREE. To book phone 01727 831871 or email office@sandridge-pc.gov.uk. 10am – 12 noon Jersey Farm Woodland Park –
meet at Woodland House in the centre of the park. Sandridge Parish Council event.


hmwtSun 20th November: Make a Garden Bird Feeder

Join HMWT and RSPB to make your own bird feeder to hang in your back garden. Learn to identify your garden birds. Suitable
for all ages. Activity will be under cover of a gazebo and will go ahead if it rains. FREE. 11am – 3pm The Trust’s Wildlife Garden, Verulamium Park, St Albans, AL3 4SN


compostingtourTues 22nd November: Tour of the Agrivert Composting Site

Find out what happens to your food and garden waste after it is collected from your home. Presentation and tour. Adults and children over 10. Please wear sturdy footwear (trainers or wellies are both fine) and car-share where possible as parking is limited on both sites. FREE. Book your tickets at www.agriverttour.eventbrite.co.uk
email sustainability@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 819466. 10.30am – 12.30pm Start at Agrivert Ltd, South Mimms IVC Facility, Ridge, Potters Bar EN6 3NA.


forest-church-pic3-2016Tues 22nd November: Story-telling with an environment theme, in St Peter’s Churchyard

Myths and stories can help us change the way we live. Join us at our story-telling circle and perhaps be inspired to make a personal pledge. FREE. Forest Church at St Peter’s Church.
The event will take place in the Octagon at St Peter’s Church if the weather is very bad. 2pm – 3.30pm Churchyard of St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3HG.


rothamstedTues 22nd November: Innovation for sustainable agriculture – have your say!

Join us to discuss science innovation in agriculture. Have your say on distinct projects from within the Institute’s research strategy. A public dialogue will be openly available post event. free . Book: www.rothamsted.ac.uk/events 7.30pm – 9.30pm Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ.


rspb-siskinTues 22nd November: Gardens with Wildlife in Mind

An entertaining, informative, illustrated talk on wildlife gardening with Tim Hill, Conservation Manager at Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. free . Book via Eventbrite www.bit.ly/SALGTalk or
www.rspb.org.uk/groups/stalbans/events/       8pm – 10pm Iona House, St Columba’s College, King Harry Lane, St Albans, AL3 4AW.


Wednesday 23rd November


cdaWed 23rd November: Dig and Plant in Community Garden St Albans

We have the plants/shrubs and now we need help to dig and plant them in our fantastic community garden! If rain: Contact Christine on 07816 925364. free . Donations gratefully received. You will receive an email confirmation and directions. To book a place please email: office@cdaherts.org.uk 10am – 3pm Community Garden St Albans, Hixberry Lane,
St Albans, AL4 0TZ. (Same Lane as Earthworks).


tree-planting1Wed 23rd November: Help plant a forest

Spend a day or half a day helping to plant England’s largest new forest. Please dress appropriately – it’s likely to be cold and muddy. Snacks and hot drinks are provided but please bring lunch. You can just come for the morning. Please arrive promptly. To book FREE. Email heartwood@woodlandtrust.org This event will go ahead in all weather except deep snow. 10am – 12.30pm or 3pm
Meet in Heartwood Forest car park just north of
Sandridge AL4 9DQ.


purpleWed 23rd November: Purple4Polio – planting crocuses

Join St Albans Verulamium Rotary Club with partner Earthworks to plant 5000 crocuses as part of Rotary Worldwide campaign to eradicate Polio. FREE. If rain: Phone 07733 326232.  10.30am – 2.30pm The grass between the drive at Westminster Lodge and the Swimming Pool. AL1 2DL.


bridgeatalbanwayWed 23rd November: St Albans Super Highway – Guided Walk

Join CMS to find out more about the fascinating history of the Alban Way, its wildlife and the plans for the future. FREE.
Meeting by the gate onto the Alban Way at the back of Morrisons car park. Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/walksandmore.
Rain: Call 01992 588433 or see website. 10.30am – 12.30pm Parking in Morrisons Car Park – 244 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4SU.


street-party-pictureWed 23rd November: Would you like to have a street party in your road?

Come and meet the Our Street Party team and get information and help on how to set up a Street Party in your street. FREE. 10.30am – 11.30am @ The Gallery Café, Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ.


chalklogo-tidied-brighter-squareWed 23rd November: Playing Out… What it is and how you can get started

Come and have a coffee with the Herts Playing Out Team and find out how to enable your children to safely play out in your own street. FREE. 10.30am – 11.30am @ The Gallery Café, Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ.


verulaimiumparkWed 23rd november: Verulamium Park Walk and Talk

To find out more about the park and how it is managed. FREE. We will reschedule if weather is bad – please call 07931 518215. 11am – 2pm Meeting at Verulamium
Museum, St Michael’s Street, St Albans, AL3 4SW.


Thursday 24th November


tyttehhangerpitThurs 24th November: Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits Nature Walk

A morning walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits. We expect to see visiting winter wildfowl and thrushes. Bring sturdy footwear. Will go ahead if it rains. £1. Booking can be via an email to: st-albans-rspb@hotmail.co.uk 9.30am – 12.30pm Willows Farm car park, Coursers Road, AL4 0PF. Car park 1 on RHS. Follow RSPB signs.


bricket-woodThurs 24th November: Bricket Wood Common – Heritage, Biodiversity and Managing for Future Generations

Join our ranger led guided walk and learn more about the heritage, wildlife and sustainable management of Bricket Wood Common. An historic and secluded site, rich in biodiversity.FREE. Event will go ahead in light rain. Contact 07587 632379. 10.30am – 12.30pm School Lane, Bricket Wood, AL2 3XT.


bahaitrees-2Thurs 24th November: Illustrated talks and exhibition on TREES

Trees – illustrated talk, projected pictures and exhibition. Hear about the life of St Barbe Baker and the international organisation for trees, of which he was the founder. Continuous repeating 1 hour presentation. School age and above.  REE. 10am – 4pm Drop in Jubilee Centre, Catherine
Street, St Albans, AL3 5BU. Baha’i Faith event.


cyclingFri 25th November: Circular bike ride around St Albans

We will be leading a bike ride around the St Albans Green Ring which circles the City. St Albans Cycling Campaign. The cycle ride is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Approximately 6 miles. FREE. We will continue unless severe rain/ snow/ice!
Call 07518 169292 to check.  1.15 – 3pm Start and end at Verulamium Museum Car Park, St Michael’s, St Albans, AL3 4SW.


air pollution.jpgAir Pollution – Invisible Killer

Public meeting featuring an expert panel, including audience questions and panel answers. Speakers from the British Lung Foundation,  the Campaign for Better Transport, and the Green Party. Refreshments available. FREE. 7pm – 9pm Main Hall, Trinity United Reformed Church, 1 Beaconsfield Road,
St Albans, AL1 3RD.


Saturday 26th November


ellisbirdfeederpicSat 26th November: Make and decorate a bird feeder from recycled cartons and bottles  

Fun drop off art session about getting creative with our recycling! All materials, a drink and snack are included. Children’s art session for age 6+. £14 per session; £22 if booked with session on 19th. Book online at www.laura-ellis.co.uk 10.15am – 11.45am Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW.


tree-warden-4-web-page_tcm15-7550Sat 26th November: Trees in St Albans – their management, maintenance and protection

Find how the District’s trees and wooded landscapes are cared
for and protected for future generations to enjoy. The walk is
aimed mainly at adults, but children are welcome. FREE.
If high winds or heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled, the leader will be at the meeting point at the start time to confirm this.11am – 12.30am Clarence Park, Clarence Road,
St Albans. Meet at the Park Keepers Cottage, near the
Clarence Road entrance to the Park. No parking in Park.


earthworksChristmas Fair and Open Day at Earthworks

Buy Earthworks’ famous reindeers, wreaths, crafts (all made by Earthworks). There will also be spiced apple juice, mince pies and refreshments; a chance to do a craft activity and hopefully Father Christmas will be visiting too. FREE. 12pm – 3pm Hixberry Lane, St Albans, AL4 0TZ.


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