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We each have a role to play in reducing our own environmental impacts, using resources more efficiently and minimising our carbon footprints. As well as making changes in your home and work life there are also many ways in which you can join with others in the community to make a difference. Below are a list of community group and organisations you can join to get involved, make a difference and meet others who also care about protecting and preserving the environment.

Sustainable St Albans (Formerly Transition St Albans) 
Sustainable St Albans is a local grassroots community organisation that aims to find positive and creative ways to act locally to address the challenges of climate change, move beyond dependence on fossil fuels, towards a low-carbon economy. Sustinable St Albans are a part of the wider UK Transition Town movement. The group raise awareness of environmental issues and coordinate numerous practical initiatives at grass-roots community level around energy, food, transport and much more.

E: info@transitionstalbans.org
W: www.transitionstalbans.org/

Transition Streets
Transition St Albans run a specific project called Transition Streets. Transition Streets brings together neighbours in an area to cut their household bills and their carbon footprint through taking practical action.  It’s free to take part, will give you an opportunity to learn lots about environmental issues and solutions and is a great way to turn neighbours into friends.

T: 07413 932 380
E: streets@transitionstalbans.org
W: www.transitionstalbans.org/transition-streets

Green Our Herts
Green Our Herts is the promotional arm of the Herts Sustainability Forum. The Green Our Herts Facebook page provides information on local events, issues and schemes and is a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on locally around sustainability.

W: www.greenourherts.org.uk

F: www.facebook.com/greenourherts 

FoodSmiles St Albans
FoodSmiles St albans is a Community Supported agriculture project whereby members share the work involved in growing food and share the produce. The group grow produce at an area of land near Harpenden.

E: info@foodsmilesstalbans.org.uk     
W: www.FoodSmilesStAlbans.org.uk
www.facebook.com/foodsmilesstalbans

Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading woodland conservation charity protecting, conserving and planting precious nature woodland. Why not get involved locally with one of the tree planting days at Heartwood Forest.

T: 0845 293 5706
E: louiseneicho@woodlandtrust.org.uk
W: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Earthworks
Earthworks has a vision of disabled people working as equals, hence their vision of people of all abilities learning and working together. They offer training and work experience in horticulture and the organic produce which is grown, is then sold from their site and at the St Albans farmers market.

T: 01727 847311
E: earthworks@earthworksstalbans.co.uk
W: www.earthworksstalbans.co.uk

Emmaus
Emmaus provides accommodation and work within the community to previously homeless persons. The organisation collects, restores and recycles unwanted furniture, providing training and skills. The furniture and wood sales generate income from their Hill End Lane and Harpenden shop premises.

T: 01727 817294
E: community@emmausstalbans.eu
W: www.emmaus.org.uk

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT)
HMWT works to protect local wildlife. The charity manages 1,900 acres of land, ffrom beautiful wetlands and woodlands to rare patches of heath and orchard. You can get involved in a number of ways – by becoming a member or volunteering.

T: 01727 858901
E: info@hmwt.org
W: www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

Highfield Park Trust
The charity was established to manage Highfield Park in St Albans but also provides opportunities for individuals and companies to volunteer doing practical park and conservation work.

T: 01727 847242
E: admin@highfieldparktrust.co.uk
W: www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk

St Albans Wood Recycling Project (SAWRP)
SAWRP is a not-for-profit social enterprise that collects waste wood from the construction industry, and resells anything that is reusable to the community at affordable prices. They make products from the wood such as simple furniture which they sell and any timber that cannot be reused is sold as firewood or gets chipped for biofuel. No waste wood is disposed of as landfill.
SAWP provide work, learning and training opportunities to those facing barriers to gaining paid employment and for local people who enjoy working with wood, helping people develop their skills and confidence. They welcome volunteers from different backgrounds and abilities.

T: 07880 528 406 / 01727 568202
E: stalbanswrp@aol.com
W: www.stalbanswoodrecycling.org.uk

National Trust
National Trust were founded with the aim of saving our nation’s heritage and open spaces. 
Looking for something different to do with your family? How about family volunteering? Come along to one of our family muck-in days at Wicken Fen or Anglesey Abbey and help make a huge difference whilst having bundles of fun.

W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/east-of-england/get-involved/

St Albans Cycling Campaign (STACC)
STACC are a local group who campaign for cyclists in the St Albans area. They aim to encourage cycle usage in the St Albans District; promote cycling to play a more significant role in the local transport system; and support, assist and influence the authorities who manage the transport system. They organise group cycle rides and provide excellent links to cycling resources.

W: www.stacc.org.uk/
E: info@stacc.org.uk

Community Development Action (CDA) Hertfordshire
CDA provide infrastructure support to all communities. They deliver a number of projects including the Oil Bulk Buying Group and the Loan to Own Scooter scheme. They also provide training to enable people to enter the labour market.

T: 01707 695504
E: office@cdaherts.org.uk
W: www.cdaherts.org.uk

St Albans and District Friends of the Earth
St. Albans and District Friends of the Earth group are keen to do what they can to improve our environment here and in the rest of the world.  They’re a small, friendly group who meet once a month. Meetings are informal and give everyone a chance to discuss not just campaigns and actions, but the smaller things that we ourselves can do to reduce our effect on the environment. Commitment to the group can take many forms, from simply receiving information and writing the odd e-mail, to joining an action day, lobbying or visiting a local school. Everyone is welcome.

T: 01727 831544
W: www.stalbansfoe.org

St Albans Freegle (previously Freecycle)

Use Freegle to advertise your unwanted items to local people who can make good use of them. It's a free service to help the community and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

W: www.direct.ilovefreegle.org 

RSPB St Albans
The RSPB St Albans Group is run by volunteers to publicise the charity locally, recruit new members, raise funds and enjoy bird watching. Money raised by the group funds its own costs and supports the RSPB's conservation work. The group's events programme includes evening meetings with guest speakers and bird watching field trips. All welcome (membership of the RSPB is not required).

T: 01767 680551
W: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/stalbans

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Date of last review: 17 August 2017