This year's St Albans Sustainability Festival has "surpassed expectations" according to the team of volunteers who organise it.

SustFest took place from June 10 to June 18, and saw events hosted by businesses, organisations and community groups from across the district.

The event is organised by Sustainable St Albans, a charity which aims to make the St Albans district a more environmentally sustainable place to live.


For the first time, the festival was part of 'Great Big Green Week'; a national programme of sustainability festivals promoted by the Climate Coalition.

Herts Advertiser: The festival was part of Great Big Green Week for the first time.The festival was part of Great Big Green Week for the first time. (Image: Sustainable St Albans)

The ninth annual SustFest saw over 65 events took place in total, with children from 19 different schools taking part.

The chair of SustFest's organising committee, Jill Watson, said: "We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from event hosts and attendees.


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"This year's festival was run in association with Great Big Green Week, giving a national context to our local efforts.

"St Albans Cathedral was bathed in green light on Friday, June 9, to kick off SustFest23 and an impressive variety of sustainably focussed events followed."

A number of events focussed on conserving heat took place, including those organised by Judith Leary-Joyce at her own renovated home.

Herts Advertiser: Events took place across the St Albans district.Events took place across the St Albans district. (Image: Sustainable St Albans)

Judith commented: "I ran six fully booked sessions and showed 32 people round my house.

"This kind of renovation project can seem daunting at first, so it’s great that SustFest has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and tips to inspire others to improve their homes."

Further events focussed on food, film, music and wildlife.

Herts Advertiser: A range of sustainability-related issues were covered.A range of sustainability-related issues were covered. (Image: Sustainable St Albans)

Three pre-loved fashion shows also took place, along with a clothes swap event.

According to the charity: "These events showcased the stylish benefits of reusing our attire, as well as reminding attendees that buying second hand is a cost-effective way of updating your wardrobe in a cost of living crisis."

Sustainable St Albans will now host a repair fair at Marshalswick Baptist Church, on Saturday July 1.

Herts Advertiser: This year's event surpassed expectations.This year's event surpassed expectations. (Image: Sustainable St Albans)

During the event, the St Albans District Fixers will help to repair household fabrics and electrical items that might otherwise have been thrown away.

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