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Radio Verulam brings you a regular programme on issues at home and abroad which are affecting the environment, with an added focus on the local area. Tune in Tuesdays at 7pm on 92.6FM or stream live from Any questions, comments or suggestions, get in touch! Email:

Radio Verulam brings you a regular programme on issues at home and abroad which are affecting the environment, with an added focus on the local area. Tune in Tuesdays at 7pm on 92.6FM or stream live from Any questions, comments or suggestions, get in touch! Email:


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Radio Verulam brings you a regular programme on issues at home and abroad which are affecting the environment, with an added focus on the local area. Tune in Tuesdays at 7pm on 92.6FM or stream live from Any questions, comments or suggestions, get in touch! Email:






Can I manage without a green waste bin?

From 1st July St.Albans District residents will have to pay if they want their green waste collected. So, even if you have a garden, how easy is it to manage without a green bin? Experienced composter, Andy, and newby composter Danielle share their tips and experiences and Amanda will have more ideas about how to [...]


Step forward young trustees!

Young people under the age of 30 make up only 3% of trustees. Young trustee Nina Vinther talks about her experience as a trustee, has tips for other young people wanting to give trusteeship a try and explains why she thinks that having more young trustees could help move environmental issues up the agenda.


Performance poetry

Writer and performance poet Keisha Thompson responds to the Your Forest project recently broadcast on Radio Verulam's Local Life programme. Financed by the Audio Content Fund, Your Forest was created by Wild Rumpus in association with England's Community Forests.


Responding to woodlands

We’re back to the “Your Forests” project and focusing on a few of the many creative responses to woodlands and forests. In this podcast, it’s Nicola Davies, writer and poet. A joint effort by ‘Wild Rumpus’ and ‘England’s Community Forests’, the project has been funded by Audio Content Fund and broadcast by ten local community [...]


SustFest Goes Global

Local activist Farhat Zia explains how she hopes that the Herts Asian Women's Association Sustainability Festival event at which she is speaking will enable communities from around the world to learn from each other about environmental issues that ultimately affect the whole world, and how she's taking steps to help reduce plastic pollution in her [...]


How Wild Are We?

Heidi Carruthers of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trusts asks us to take a questionnaire to take a closer look and report back on the wildness around us and local business woman Kate Cherry explains how her Sustainability Festival event could help individuals and businesses recycle more. To find out more about St.Albans Sustainability Festival and [...]


Earthworks goes slow

Steven Shelley explains how and why Earthworks will be joining the slow TV trend for SustFest and Nigel Harvey gives tips on air source heat pumps ahead of St.Albans XR/St.Lukes SustFest events at which he is talking.


Activism and Optimism – and Growing!

Nina Vinther, one of the young organisers of Activism and Optimism explains about the event and why it's so important that young people are politically engaged on the issues around the climate crisis. You can book your ticket here And Kate Swindells of Grow Community Sopwell share details of their community garden launch. More details and [...]


Good gardening

Hear how gardening has been a lockdown lifesaver for volunteers at the Marshalswick Community Garden. And Chris Thorne of Aylett Nurseries gives tips on choosing and using peat free composts. If you'd like to be involved in the Marshalswick Community Garden contact Sandridge Parish Council on 01727 831871 or email For tips from the [...]


Why so many wildlife evictions?

Recently there’s been reports around the District of privately owned land that had become known as a site rich in nature has suddenly been stripped of vegetation and worse. In this podcast Mark Park-Crowne, spokesperson for the Save Napsbury Wildlife Sanctuary Group talks about what's happened on the site near him, and Matt Dodds, planning [...]


Forests of the Future

In the final part of the "Your Forests Project", the creators (Wild Rumpus) focus on the future, including the expanding roots of England's Northern Forest - from Liverpool via Chester, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield to Hull - and discover why Tiny Forests are springing up in towns and cities across the country.


Forests for All

The fourth part of the "Your Forests Project" looks at accessibility to these vital green spaces. This project involved Radio Verulam and nine other Community Radio Stations across England in encouraging all of us to visit our nearest woodland or forest (for most of us, that's Heartwood Forest, just outside Sandridge), record a minute of [...]


Forests for Nature

The third part of the "Your Forest Project", created by Wild Rumpus in association with England's Community Forests and funded by the Audio Content Fund, looks at the important role of forests and woodland in the life and survival of wildlife of all sort and sizes.


So much to look forward to at SustFest 21

St.Albans Sustainability Festival is once of the biggest of its kind in the UK, and it’s back 23rd May to 6th June. Jill Watson, chair of the volunteer SustFest working group tells us how registration has gone, gives us a taster of events to look forward to and explains how it will happen in spite [...]


Averting coffee cup disaster

Hear from local 6th former Olivia who talks about her petition aimed at keeping coffee cups out of landfill. Newly appointed Wilder St.Albans Project Officer Heidi Carruthers ( talks about how she’s getting started and how we can help. And Ali Insall invites us to the Hertfordshire Environment Hustings. You'll also hear about the Wilderhood [...]


Help Michael Save Trees

Michael has launched 2 petitions to try and save trees – he’ll tell us all about them and how we can help. You'll find the petitions here Require home owners who fell conservation area trees to fund urban tree planting Require developers felling trees to fund reforestation projects Michael also mentioned the Trees of St.Albans [...]


Your Forest and your health

The second part of the series "Your Forest" focuses on the benefits to our health - physical and mental - of time spent in the natural environment of woodland, forests and other green spaces. This nationwide project encourages listeners to record one minute of the sounds of nature and send it to so they [...]


Green Skills Week and Clean Up St.Albans

Speakers for Schools have created Green Skills Week to fight inequality, the economic downturn and enabling careers that help the planet. Travers Lee talks about the initiative and Patrick Clements of Govia Thameslink Railways explains how they are involved. Find out more about Green Skills Week Plus Stefania Vinci, of St.Albans Litter Picking Volunteers wants [...]


‘Your Forest’ project

This first of a five-part series is an introduction (first broadcast on International Day of the Forests - 21 March 2021) to a project created by Wild Rumpus and England's Community Forests, involving Radio Verulam and nine other community radio stations across England. The project aims to encourage more people to visit and explore (social [...]


Litter Free Lunches & Reducing Waste with Box Local

Lucy Bridgewater explains how Litter Free Lunches can be as good for you as they are for the environment and Juliet Foxwell of Box Local asks for your help in cutting waste Useful information from this podcast: Veolia and SADC can supply litter pickers, bags and gloves to individuals or local litter pick action groups [...]