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The sixth annual Sustainability Festival is returning to St Albans District this May. Here's what to expect and how to get involved.

Francesca Brooking

Wed 30 Mar 2022

One for the diary, the award-winning sustainability festival, SustFest22, is returning to St Albans District this May.

Taking place on Sunday 15th May to Tuesday 31st May 2022 across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages, the sixth annual festival will be a celebration of having a lighter impact on the planet.

The festival is expected to host at least 100 events across St Albans and the wider district, bringing together eco-businesses, community groups and charities. Many events will be free.

Here’s what you can expect and how to get involved.

Two images. Left hand side a woman holding veggies. Right hand side a woman sitting singing with a guitar at SustFest22

The festival will host 100 in-person and online events across St Albans District

What is Sustainability Festival 2022?

The sixth annual award-winning Sustainability Festival is a hybrid festival that features a range of over 100 events and activities to encourage people to think about eco-friendly living and connecting with nature.

Events will be a mix of online and in-person events.

The festival will launch with a sustainability market in Harpenden on Sunday 15th May. Community groups, businesses and faith groups across the area will then host two weeks of events from 15th to 31st May.

The Sustainability Festival is brought together by volunteers from the local environmental charity, Sustainable St Albans.

It’s a non-profit charity organised by volunteers representing sectors and groups in the local community.

Some of these groups include Wilder St Albans, Herts Asian Women Association, St Albans Friends of the Earth and Ver Valley Society.

From mid-April onwards, you’ll be able to see the full programme of events and activities. Some activities require advance booking which you can do via the website.

A pile of leaks and carrots at a market stall.

Sustainable coooking is one of the topics you can learn at SustFest22!

What can you do at Sustainability Festival 2022?

Cook delicious dishes at a veggie cook-off, attend a session to learn tricks with tofu or chat about Green Lunchboxes at a get-together with local food writer, Becky Alexander.

Get broken items fixed at one of the Repair Fairs; these can be anything from electrical items to clothing & fabric repairs.

Come to a clothes swap and find some new fashion without impacting the planet. Enjoy getting your hands dirty by weeding and picking at a community food garden.

The hybrid format has given local groups the opportunity to invite experts to speak at virtual events.

Professor Stephen Joseph OBE will be presenting a talk on unhooking us from car dependence.

Other online talks include solar panels, making your business more sustainable and where our waste goes.

Learn more about SustFest22 and all the featured events and activities. You can also keep up to date with the festival on social media: Twitter @SustFest22, Instagram @SustFest Facebook @SustainableStAlbans.

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