• 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.

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

Help with keeping warm & Becky’s war on coffee cups

There’s nothing like a cold spell and some snow to make us appreciate a well insulated home. However, plenty of people around St.Albans live in cold, badly insulated homes. Help is at hand for the elderly and those with health issues from a new scheme, Herts Healthy Homes, delivered by Groundwork Herts. I spoke to … Continue reading

Unique arboretum & the return of Push

    Photo: Woodland Trust New arboretums (tree collections) aren’t so easy to come by but unique collections of British trees all with historical importance are as rare as flamingos in Verulamium Park. Listen to the podcast below to hear Heartwood Volunteer Brian Legg explain where the idea for the arboretum came from, the background … Continue reading

Getting fresh in the New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful Xmas and enjoyed all those delicious festive left overs. Most of us thought a lot about food over Xmas, and perhaps as a result of this we’ve resolved to eat better this year. Healthier food, less junk food, more fresh, local food. If this is you, then local business … Continue reading

Is there ever a use for a leftover Brussels Sprout?

There’s nothing like seeing how wasteful we are at Xmas to make the Xmas spirit evaporate – but it doesn’t have to be like that. (Photo Walt Jabsco) My 2 guests this week have some great tips to make yours a waste free Xmas so your Xmas keeps its sparkle. First up is Louise Palmer, … Continue reading

We’ve got it wrapped!

This week we looked at some presents with a difference – they’re all lovely, local and low carbon. Caroline Eldred from St.Albans Museums Trust explained how, in return for a donation to the building of the new St.Albans Museum, the name of your loved one will be engraved in keeping with the period graffitti, on … Continue reading

Woes of St.Albans Strategic Local Plan

  For most of us our thoughts are well and truly focused on Christmas – who wants what presents, how long you’ll have to stay at the in laws and what size turkey you should order. But we are being asked to look even further forward than Christmas. In fact we’re being asked for our … Continue reading