Looking up…

A number of people have commented on how important it is in the rainy dark days of January that we look up. We hurry along muddy footpaths and rain-grey streets with our shoulders hunched and heads down…

Here is an inspiration to not only look up, but really look… all around. Applewood Permaculture Centre are planning a spring course on Observation & Mapping, and this short video will make you want to get outside in that sliver of sunshine thats peeping through the grey, and look up, and all around… follow the path of the sunshine, find the small patches of snowdrops, catkins and tips of new growth appearing …

This weekend is also the RSPB Birdwatch weekend. The birds are singing their spring songs… it wont be long now.

SPRING GREENS Environment Fair 2018

Join the Spring Greens 10th Year Celebration: THE NEXT GENERATION, IT’S THEIR FUTURE

5th & 6th May 10am – 6pm daily at Court of Noke, nr.Pembridge, HR6 9HW

Showcasing Inspiring, Enjoyable & Healthy Solutions to the Difficult Social, environmental & Economic Issues which Confront Us Regionally, Nationally & Globally

A Family Friendly Event Exploring Innovative Skills & Ideas, Activities & Experimentation in Sustainable Lifestyles & Livelihoods


GET INVOLVED; Bring a Stall, Exhibition, Activity or Performance

Contact: info@springgreens.org.uk or call 07777 661252

The Bentley Effect

Herefordshire Greenpeace are showing the film The Bentley Effect, where a small Australian community stands up to an energy giant which wants to frack in their back yard – and wins!

A must see for anyone with an interest in our U.K. fracking situation.

In attendance will be Meg Nielson, resident and key Bentley activist, who will give a short talk and answer questions.

Friday 16th February at De Koffie Pot, Hereford. 6.00 pm. All welcome!

To The Ends of the Earth

Thanks to all of you who came along to the HGN film showing at The Courtyard on Thursday night – and especially those who stayed and contributed to a very interesting discussion afterwards.

It seems the film offered a thought provoking but only fleetingly uplifting view of the challenges we face. We currently have the extraordinary opportunity to “change by design or change by disaster” .. how will we use it?

In recognition that we need new stories to help us bridge the gulf between here and ‘de-growth’ our discussions explored the successes of the Island of Lewis, and the potential for more community energy in Herefordshire.

Toni Fagan highlighted the need to safeguard and retrofit local community assets such as our village halls and churches, and Gordon Coppock mentioned a couple of potential funders for these local projects – the M&S Energy Fund and Power to Change funding, both of which are currently closed for applications but there is lots of useful advice for communities here.

We also discussed possible help with neighbourhood plans to address issues with footpath and cycleways in our towns and villages, and Wendy Cotton mentioned that CSE in Bristol are currently able to offer support and advice to communities. Click here for more information.

Our next HGN film showing at The Courtyard on 12th April at 8pm will be An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power …another “necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis”…

In the meantime lets keep developing our new stories of hope and change at the muddy green grassroots of Herefordshire.








Out of the Wreckage

For those of you with an hour to spare and in need of some thought provocation – click here for a Gaia Foundation talk given by George Monbiot illuminating the fundamental role community has to play in creating a ‘politics of belonging’ that helps us, and Nature, to thrive.

“George provides a thrilling and positive vision, and the hope and clarity required to change the world.”

Click here for more about the Gaia Foundation.


STOP PRESS! Join a showing of this short film followed by a discussion about how we find a “restoration story” for the 21st century to generate real change. De Koffie Pot, Wednesday 30th January at 7.30pm, hosted by Herefordshire Green Party.

Plastic Soup

It is predicted that by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic than fish….

Come along to our next HGN Gathering to learn more about the way plastics affect our waterways – from Herefordshire’s brooks, streams and rivers … all the way to the sea.

How can we work towards a world that is free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, oceans and the environment.

For anyone who was affected by the distressing scenes on David Attenborough’s Blue Planet – and inspired to reduce the impact of our plastic pollution – come along and find out more….

With speakers confirmed from
Marine Conservation Society: https://www.mcsuk.org
Hereford City Branch of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust: http://www.herefordshirewt.org


Wednesday 21st February, 7.30 – 9pm, De Koffie Pot, Hereford Left Bank, Bridge Street, HR4 9DG

Community Champions

Herefordshire Council are looking for individuals or groups “who make a positive difference to other people or the community as a whole, possibly with small things that usually go unnoticed”.

HGN groups do amazing things – here’s a chance to celebrate what you all get up to in your communities.

Nominations can be made via this link: 

Your groups… your thoughts?

We are collecting ideas about the type of support your local groups & organisations might benefit from over the coming year.

Would a workshop on fundraising be helpful, or some advice on social media, or support with local volunteer recruitment – or volunteer burnout…

Let us know by filling in this 2 minute online questionnaire.

We have funding from Awards for All to enable HGN to respond to our local groups needs… Let’s use it!


(the deadline for your form filling is Monday 5th February… ) …


One of the outcomes of our HGN Food Rescue discussions on Wednesday last week at the HGN Gathering was an interest in Gleaning.

There is a national Gleaning Network – supported by the organisation Global Feed Back. For more information or to join, click here: https://feedbackglobal.org/campaigns/gleaning-network/

… and keep HGN in touch if you have any ideas for starting Gleaning Days in Herefordshire. We can plan ahead for autumn pickings pretty nicely from here, and I’m sure lots of us would want to join you…

Aspirations, fears and sheer gut instinct…

a photo of hiking boots

An interesting series of blog posts on the Transition Network website is exploring the ways we communicate about climate change:

“A relentless focus on the science of climate change has swamped the climate and energy discourse, displacing other equally important dimensions of the issue: economics, culture and psychological or social dynamics. And it has proved a stilted vocabulary with which to describe and discuss the issue that will define the twenty-first century” (Corner and Clarke, ‘Talking Climate’, 2017).

And the alternatives…?

According to author Kate Heath “… everyone who is talking about talking about climate recommends, fundamentally, taking a values-up approach – finding common ground in deep values common to us all, and working upwards from there…”

Read the whole blog post here. 

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