Thermal Image Camera training sessions for Harpenden residents

Are you a Harpenden resident? You can borrow our Thermal Imaging Camera for free and tackle the heat leaking from your house!

Harpenden has its own Thermal Imaging Camera available for use by any Harpenden resident without charge.*

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identifying energy loss in Harpenden homes

What is  a Thermal Imaging Camera?

A thermal imaging camera is a special camera that enables you see heat leaking from your house or cold air coming into your house by taking colour coded pictures highlighting temperature differences. Insufficient loft insulation, gaps in floorboards, draughty windows and badly fitted loft hatches can all allow precious warmth to escape from your house. The camera helps you to identify the most significant areas of heat loss in your house.

Training Sessions October

Before borrowing the camera, residents need to attend a training session.

The next two training sessions are:

  • on Tuesday 13th October and

  • Monday 19th October,

  • both sessions are from 8pm-9pm in central Harpenden.

The sessions are free to attend, however, places are limited to 10 people at each session so please email for further details and to reserve your place.

Further information about the Thermal Imaging Camera is available at
Additional Session in November
A further training session is on Thursday 26thNovember at Park Hall from 7.30-9.30pm, as part of Sustainable St Albans week. This session, ‘Cutting your Carbon Footprint’, will look at ways of cutting your carbon footprint and will include a training session on the camera, there is no need to book for this event, just come along!

*This has been made possible with the help of Teresa Heritage, Herts County Councillor for Harpenden South West, who made a localities budget grant to allow Transition St Albans to buy the camera.

Food waste – seemingly insignificant – but having devastating impacts around the globe

See this award winning film with panel of local food specialists including Andrei Lussmann Tues 29 Sept – 7.30pm £6/£3 conc. Please book seats in advance

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 Bookings here:

More information on Transition web site click here

Just Eat It – A food waste story – Book now!

Just Eat It – a film about food waste

screened as part of St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival

Tues 29 Sept

Refreshments from 7pm 

7.30 start:  Abbey Theatre Club Room

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With panel of local food specialists and audience discussion:

£6/£3 conc

  • Abbey Theatre – Club Room: Westminster Lodge.
  • Refreshments available from 7pm.
  • Free parking after 6.30pm in Westminster Lodge Car Park.

Event of St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, food magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of farming waste, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. Featuring interviews with UK based TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart Just Eat it! reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.’

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it! informal food social – Wed 23 Sept 8 – 11

FSHarvestFoodSmiles St Albans and TSA Home Grown Food Group have put their heads and veg together – to bring you an informal social evening – themed around the abundant  harvest they are collecting at this time of year.

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!

Come along for a drink, a chat, some local home grown produce – in the atmospheric Yurt in the garden of the Blacksmiths Arms, St Peters St. If you havent been before its a lovely space to visit!

See you there – and if anyone has home grown food produce at home that they would like to bring to share – it would be very welcomed! Whether some of your veg, a pot of that delicious chutney you prepared earlier, or a Dorset Apple Cake (Ed – my favourite!).

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600 year old monument opens Sustainable St Albans Week!

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Grow it! Cook it! Eat it! Wed 23 Sept 8-11

We’re delighted that TSA Home Grown Food Group and FoodSmiles are teaming up to present this year’s Grow it! Cook it! Eat it! informal social and food event as part of the St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Festival  – in the yurt in the garden of The Blacksmiths Arms, St Peters St

The event is open to everyone – come and see what the groups have been doing this year – with the opportunity to have an informal chat if you fancy!

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!Unfortunately you won’t find us in the festival brochure, due to an error, but that’s not stopping us and we do hope you’ll join us  for a harvest-time celebration of all things homegrown.

There will be displays of produce and pictures of what we’ve been up to this year,  tasters and produce to take home,  seeds and seedlings available in return for a small donation, and members of both groups will be on hand to answer questions and give advice about growing your own at home. Also please bring along any of your home grown produce to share!

The event will take place in the fabulous atmospheric yurt at the Blacksmith Arms so drinks, including a range of real ales, will be available at the bar. The event is free and you’re welcome to drop in at any time between 8pm and closing time. See you there!

Autumn Food Gardening – Sunday 13 Sept

TSA Open Food Garden free event Sun 13 Sept drop in 3 – 5pm.

Venue: 2 The Almonds, off The Poplars, St Albans, AL1 1UZ

Come along to help prepare your Autumn Garden for food growing and collect your free strawberry plants!

1. Autumn  onions

2. Planting  garlic

3. Winter salad veg

4. Managing your compost well 

Free strawberry plants available

Free strawberry plants available

Get tips, advice and share ideas with other food gardeners. Suitable for beginners and experienced food gardeners. Strawberry Plants available to take away for smal donation..

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The owners decided that they did not need a lawn and instead built a curved raised bed in the centre ofthe back garden where they grow a variety of vegetables (including broad beans, peas and runner beans), fruit (strawberries and blueberries), a selection of herbs, salad leaves and tomatoes. These can all be picked as needed from just outside the back door.

The garden also has flowers to attract insects, a pond and a bog garden. Extensive use is made of recycled materials (wood chippings to form paths; compost bin made from recycled pallet wood); there are several water butts, compost bins and re-used containers for food growing.

Parking near the house is limited; bikes can be parked on the drive. Several buses run along London Road (5 minutes’ walk away). Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.