Category: Parks/Green Spaces

  • Silt removal from Verulamium Park lake

    St Albans City & District Council is removing more silt from Verulamium Park lake, at the opposite end to where silt was removed last year, today and over the next week or so. I imagine this comes as very welcome news to many residents and visitors. It’s a tricky situation though and silt removal isn’t…

  • Comedy Night for Verulamium at Play

    It’s St Valentine’s Day and I’m expressing love and gratitude for the people who have come forward to be part of Verulamium at Play, the charity I have co-founded to raise money for a new play area in Verulamium Park. We have a huge fundraising challenge (get the background on the Council website) and Ye…

  • St Michael’s ‘beach’ tidy

    There’s been an explosion of greenery on the ‘beach’ next to St Michael’s Street bridge over the river Ver. I, with the blessing of the Ver Valley Society, invited residents to join me in bringing it under control during the half term holiday. It’s amazing what a few people can do in 90 minutes and…

  • Verulamium At Play

    I’ve been working to get a solid group of residents together to drive fundraising to upgrade the play area in Verulamium Park (click here for the back story on the Council website). The group has settled on a name and is setting up as a charity (‘Verulamium At Play’) and local dad and designer, Daniel…

  • Silt extraction from Verulamium Park lake

    **UPDATE since original post on 31st May – Environment portfolio holder explains the plan for the lake to the City Neighbourhoods Committee on Wednesday 8th June: click here watch the recording, start at 4 mins and 15 seconds in. ** If you’ve poked a stick into Verulamium Park lake recently you’ll know just how much…

  • If the bin’s full…

    …who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! No, the park ranger! The park ranger’s mobile number is now on the bins for park users to call if/when they see a bin needs emptying. I started stickering last Sunday morning and just have a few to complete at the Waffle House end of the park.   The back…

  • Verulamium Park Playground

    When I stood for election last May I told residents I wanted to take action on litter, verge destruction, fly-tipping and to help drive a refresh of Verulamium Park playground. Today I’m really pleased that you can have your say on the playground via a survey officers have just put live on the Council website. What…

  • Dirty talk on Radio Verulam

    Thank you Amanda Yorwerth for having me on Radio Verulam’s “Environment matters” show to talk litter and why keeping our environment clean and tidy is important. My son enjoyed his first radio experience. It was broadcast on Tuesday 1st March and repeated Thursday 4th March. I’ll be picking litter with other community-minded folk on Saturday 5th…

  • Sustainable solutions for Verulamium Park lake

    **UPDATE >> since posting this film there is news from the Council about the lake about working with the Environment Agency to develop a long term soltuion.** In conversation with Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles (portfolio holder for the Environment) about action he and and officers at St Albans City & District Council have taken in response to…

  • Keep Britain Tidy working with local councils

    Wanting to know about the Government’s litter strategy and how Keep Britain Tidy is playing a role in changing littering behaviour, I approached KBT’s CEO, Allison Ogden-Newton for a meeting. We had a call and I have done a video blog about how local councils are working with Keep Britain Tidy to create change. For example, working with Harrogate…