• Environment Matters

    Environment Matters is the show that brings you news on issues of sustainability and the environment from around the district and further afield.

    Listen in every Wednesday evening at 7pm when we're part of the Local Life Show on Radio Verulam 92.6FM or stream live from www.radioverulam.com

    You can also listen any time to the podcast you'll find in each blog post.

Set back for Symondshyde – but Incredible Edible is coming!

  It’s bad news for Symondshyde – the area to the north east of St.Albans but actually within the remit of Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council. You may have cycled through it by yourself or on the St.Albans Charity Cycle Ride.You may have gone for a walk there and enjoyed the quiet, the trees and … Continue reading

Ben saves apples and have you seen a mouse?

  Food waste continues to be a big issue: St.Albans Council has given us bins just for food waste because we produce so much, the Sustainable St.Albans Week organisers focussed much of their attention last year on the issue and supermarket chain Sainsbury’s just gave up on their plan to get their customers to reduce … Continue reading

Reasons to be cheerful at Food Smiles and good news for bees too

The birds are singing, the frogs are croaking in my pond and the weeds seedlings are starting to spring up. Which also means that it’s a great time to start planting vegetables on your allotment, in your garden or in a pot on your window sill.   And a group of people who know all … Continue reading

#IWD17 – wonderful women

Smiling Elaine and Sandra welcomed me to the 5th St.Albans Guides. They were just 2 of the wonderful women and girls featured in an hour long edition of Environment Matters for International Women’s Day 2017. Girl Guides are now into personal development, broadening horizons and giving girls a voice. And within that, girls guides are exploring … Continue reading

#HeronWatch is back!

In the heart of St.Albans, herons and egrets are again nesting in Verulamium Lake. Worthy of a David Attenborough programme the drama of the raising of a new generation of birds is there for all to see with the help of St.Albans RSPB’s Heron Watch Volunteers. On this week’s show, Barry Trevis of Herts and … Continue reading

Shocking truth about food waste at local school

  On this week’s show, as part of her Food Waste Ninja’s Project, Environmental Education consultant Ruby Raut has been working with pupils at St.Albans City School to find out how much food ends up in their bins, and she came up with some shocking results. In one week the lunchtimes created 107 kilos of … Continue reading

Nest Box Know How

In the heart of National Nest Box Week, Dan Fletcher of St.Albans RSPB joined Amanda on Environment Matters this week to help us with how best to make birds feel at home in our gardens. Many once common garden birds aren’t doing so well and this is a great way to give them a hand. … Continue reading

Who needs Spanish Courgettes Anyway?

Welcome to this edition of Environment Matters with me Amanda Yorwerth. Environment Matters is the show that brings you news on issues of sustainability and the environment from around the District and further afield. Shock horror – no Spanish iceberg lettuces! It’s a crisis! Or is it? Juliet Foxwell from Box Local joined me to … Continue reading

Smallford aggrieved & getting Bags of Help from Tesco

  Last week the people of Smallford were horrified to find that Herts County Council had given Brett Aggregates permission for a huge quarry on land between Smallford and Hatfield. (Map: Smallford Residents) In the show I spoke to councillor for Smallford Cllr Chris Brazier to find out why local people feel concerned and aggrieved. … Continue reading

Brexit and bluebells

First, if you know a local person who’s done loads for the environment, then nominate them for the Mayor’s Pride Environment Champion Award. It is a really quick, easy process and is a great way to recognise a person or group for the great work they are doing. Nominate now.   Levels of air pollution … Continue reading