Cassiobury has green makeover, and a festival with a difference at Heartwood Cinema, Environment, Family, Film, Fun, Sport, Women on Environment Matters

If, like many people in St.Albans, you like a day trip to Cassiobury Park in Watford, you’ll notice the changes on your next visit. A whole new splash park, cafe and changing facilities. Which will be lots of fun – but not such good news for the planet?

Actually it is. Deputy Mayor of Watford Borough Council Peter Taylor explained how features like photovoltaic panels, an air source heat pump and a green roof had all been incorporated into the new facilities, and natural materials had been used where ever possible. Not just that, but so much of the building waste had been recycled that only 2 skips of waste went to landfill throughout the whole building project. Great to see new development being used as an opportunity to build in sustainable technologies right from the start and environmental considerations being taken into account throughout the building project.

And if you fancy a trip to Cassiobury Park this Sunday you might be interested in the Two Reserves Cycle Ride that the HMWT are running.

It’ll be a lovely chance to do about 10 miles of relaxed cycling and wildlife spotting at the same time.

It will be an easy cycle ride, mostly on the canal tow path and will go, from Cassiobury Park to Stocker’s Lake and back, observing the wildlife as you go.

Everyone welcome – book your place for £5 on the HMWT website.

You’ll also find St.Albans based ukelele band Katie’s Jumping Fleas performing at the Cassiobury Park bandstand at 2pm on Sunday.

Another great place for a day out is Heartwood Forest, and there’ll be lots to entertain everyone at their Summer Fair on Saturday, as Hollie Anderson of the Woodland Trust explained on Environment Matters.

From 11-4 you can try your hand at axe throwing, relax with some yoga and take a look behind the scenes with the Heartwood staff. There’ll be a teddy bears picnic for children and a fun dog show where your dog’s biscuit catching skills can at last be recognised! There’s no booking required but you can find out more on the Heartwood website.

And for more sustainable fun at the weekend:

The Enviro-Mental film festival kicked off to a great start on Monday with a full house watching A Plastic Ocean, and still to come are 2 showings of Tomorrow, an uplifting film about positive action to combat climate change being taken around the world. You can see it at Spencer Hall in Sandridge on Thursday evening or on Saturday at St.Paul’s Church on Hatfield Road in St.Albans, both at 7.30pm.

5 miles to fabulous invite all women to join them for a cycle ride this Saturday as part of the UK Womens’ Festival of Cycling. Join them from 9.30am outside Morrisons in Fleetville for a gently paced morning ride

Also on Saturday the St.Albans Clean Air Champions will be in action on St.Albans market with activities for the kids and lots of information encouraging you to switch off your car when it is stationary.

If you care about health and the environment and want to join the volunteers, then it’s not too late – visit their website

And anyway, do go and say hello and do remember to switch your car off when it’s stationary.

If you like gardens, then the National Open Garden Scheme has a treat lined up for you this Sunday 1.30-5pm.

9 Tannsfield Drive is a  small, town garden is decorated with over 450 plants creating a welcoming oasis of calm. The owners regularly experiment with the garden planting scheme which ensures the look of the garden alters from year to year and occasionally month to month. Narrow paths divide, leading the visitor on a discovery of the garden’s many features. The sound of water is ever-present.

Water features, metal sculptures, wall art and mirrors run throughout the garden. As a time and cost saving experiment all hanging baskets are planted with hardy perennials most of which are normally used for ground cover.

And of course there’s tea and home made cake on sale – and all proceeds go to good causes.