Wild times ahead for St Albans thanks to council and wildlife trust partnership


A partnership project between the Lib Dem-controlled district council and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) is set to increase biodiversity in the district.

Wilder St Albans wants to increase the habitats across St Albans and the wildlife they support by coordinating a programme of practical action by the community. The project’s people and wildlife officer, Heidi Carruthers, will work together with community groups, individuals, schools and businesses to make space for wildlife in every part of our lives.

A partnership project between the Lib Dem-led district council and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) is set to increase biodiversity in the district.

Wilder St Albans wants to increase the habitats across St Albans and the wildlife they support by coordinating a programme of practical action by the community. The project’s people and wildlife officer, Heidi Carruthers, will work together with community groups, individuals, schools and businesses to make space for wildlife in every part of our lives.

Tackling the climate emergency is one of the key priorities laid out by the St Albans council, currently under Lib Dem control. In 2020, the council led wilding trials with HMWT that saw up to 23 ‘wilding’ trial sites established in wards across St Albans district, with residents asked to contact their local councillor with suggestions for other possible sites in their area. 

Hertfordshire’s State of Nature report, published by HMWT last year, highlights the immediate need for action to address the ecological and climate crises and to secure at least 30 per cent of land for wildlife by 2030 to halt wildlife decline. The Wilder St Albans partnership looks set to build on the success of the past year’s wilding trials and put St Albans firmly on the right track to achieve this goal.

Cllr Chris White, council leader and portfolio holder for climate, environment and transport, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this exciting and important project. Tackling the climate emergency is our major priority for the years ahead and we want our whole community to get involved.

"Wilder St Albans will encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to do exactly that. It will bring people together as the decide on the actions they can take to improve their environment.”

The Wilder St Albans will be launched at the Sustainable Market in St Albans this Sunday 23 May.

Find out more about Wilder St Albans and take part in the ‘How wild are we?’ survey here.

(Photo credit: Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust)


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