About Us

  • We share information about the activities of member groups and promote their work.
  • We are a hub for resource & sharing.
  • We host events (called our Gatherings) and workshops on the issues of importance to our members such as:
    • local transport
    • community hubs
    • food poverty
    • retrofitting energy efficiency measures
    • community engagement techniques
  • We create a stronger voice by speaking together on areas of common interest and concern of member groups

Our constitution, policies and meeting documents can be found here.

Herefordshire Green Network has been active in Herefordshire for more than 10 years.  Formerly the Herefordshire in Transition Alliance, Herefordshire Green Network is made up of local green, environmental and Transition Town groups, activists, environmental organisations & businesses, local community groups, town and parish councils and interested individuals

Our groups are active in many areas of interest right across the county, including:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Housing and Buildings
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Land Use
  • Waste and Resources
  • Community/network groups
  • Parish Councils (Great Collaboration)

Click here to see who they are.

The core function of our lively, resilient and respected local Network is supporting our Membership. The Network is maintained by a part time paid administrator and a volunteer Steering Group. HGN staff and Steering Group operate according to the aims and objectives of HGN, in support of HGN Members.

As some of our sources of grant income to support our core costs have been diverted due to the Covid 19 situation, we increasingly rely on the generous financial help of our member groups and individual supporters.

Spring 2021: our ambition for the coming year is to support people in Herefordshire to step into action on climate, and to develop a shared, inclusive and empowering vision of an ecologically rich zero carbon future for our county.

Because in March Herefordshire Council will be launching their Carbon Reduction Action Plan for the county with a new website – and we want to increase the involvement of local people in the development of the plan.

Because technical approaches to achieve net zero carbon are increasingly well documented, but if our work as a county is to be successful carbon reduction must feel meaningful in the context of our day to day lives, and supportive of the wellbeing and work of all people in Herefordshire.

Because people in Herefordshire are motivated to act on climate issues, but need support to make it happen.

HGN is a lightly constituted, not-for-profit organisation.

Our Vision: Herefordshire thriving, and collaborating to address the climate & ecological crisis.

Our Mission: Energising People for a Zero Carbon Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Green Network Themes

We are working on 2 main themes across our activities as a network:

This is the core of all our work in Herefordshire: reducing our personal use, abuse and the county’s emissions of carbon – in order to support in whatever way we can the global decrease of carbon in our atmosphere.

Under our Low Carbon theme for 2018 we are supporting global efforts to reduce single use plastics…  Click here for our #PlasticActionHere list of inspirational ideas & actions that you might want to make in your personal life to reduce unnecessary plastics.

Our Awards for All funded ‘Active in Community’ Project provides a package of support for the work of our membership in towns and villages around Herefordshire. This includes the provision of workshops and website resources alongside the development of materials to ensure the replicability of the inspirational local projects.

We are very grateful for our current funding from Awards for All (the HGN ‘Get Active’ project) and for local sponsorship from Wye Valley BreweryHerefordshire Community Foundation (Glencora) have been a vital source of support for our work over the past year, and this HGN website was originally  paid for via sponsorship from Herefordshire Friends of the Earth.

Thank you all 🙂

… and if your local business would be interested in sponsoring us, please do get in touch!

Steering Group Members

Jackie joined the Steering Group in autumn 2019, having worked in the sustainable energy field since the mid-1990s. She is former editorial director of a leading international magazine on renewable energy (read in 120 countries), alongside directing publications on sustainable waste management, decentralized energy, and energy in buildings – all for a worldwide professional and policymaking audience. In her 12 years in that role, one of her big objectives was to get rid of the phrase ‘alternative energy’ and have renewables take their place in the mainstream. She has written extensively about renewable energy policy and technologies, and has run and chaired renewables conferences in Europe, USA and Asia, plus specialist solar energy conferences in the UK. She has been on the judging panels for both international and national awards (renewable and decentralized energy projects). 

Eventually she got tired of suitcases and flights, so decided to focus nearer home, especially working on home retrofit. She moved to Herefordshire in 2015 but while in London spent two years on (then) Carbon Leapfrog’s Project Steering Group, assessing community energy projects for support. She was member of Haringey Council’s 40:20 Homes retrofit working group, and set up large home energy events for the London Borough of Camden, as well as starting and running a local community group promoting domestic retrofit through community outreach events. 

Since 2015 she’s been a director of Pomona Solar Co-op, a community energy scheme that runs a 300kW solar plant in Herefordshire and has about 100 members, and is a non-exec director of a couple of other related organisations. She lives near Hay-on-Wye and is a Trustee of Hay2Timbuktu, as well as doing occasional waitressing at her local community cafe.  She has carried out low-energy home retrofit on three houses and her current home runs on solar PV, solar thermal/wood pellets combi system.

Nick Read is an Anglican Priest and an Agricultural Chaplain with Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy. He combines chaplaincy with being Director of the Brightspace Foundation, a charity focused on supporting Herefordshire’s future sustainable development. He has a degree in Agricultural Science a Masters’ Degree in Forestry, an OBE for services to agriculture and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.

Former roles include: Research Fellow with the Technical Change Centre, looking at technology transfer in the biosciences; national Food Policy & Research Adviser for the NFU; Co-founder and Director of the Rural Stress Information Network, a charity supporting farming families suffering from stress, and Chair of the West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum. 

He is currently Co-Chair of the Herefordshire Green Network, Chair of the Herefordshire Local Nature Partnership and he is also Chair of Farm Herefordshire which consists of 12 organisations working collaboratively to improve soil and water management within the county.

Clare has degree in three-dimensional design however somewhat accidentally spent her career working in social justice.

Firstly, teaching art to probation clients in a cultural centre in Birmingham (her hometown) Clare then ran a community based juvenile crime prevention project and became the national organiser for the same programme which ran in high crime communities across England and Wales for 10 years.

During this time Clare moved to the Sussex coast had three daughters and then began teaching art in the local prison. There began another ten-year career this time in prison education and resettlement. In 2007 Clare set up the first independent social and environmental enterprise business in a prison: Work This Way offered long term prisoners end to end training, voluntary work experience and employment in waste management, biofuel production and construction site health and safety skills including management level qualifications. Clare was unofficial CEO and then took redundancy from HMPS to become official CEO of the business and was made a fellow of the RSA.

Clare left the business in 2013 when it had to move to Kent and the next years were spent training and working as an associate coach, specifically working with adults with neuro-differences. In 2015 Clare moved to north Herefordshire and became a coach supervisor and manager until December 2020 when again she was offered and accepted redundancy (again).

While her family were growing up in Sussex, Clare helped run Woodcraft Folk and also worked at Chichester Harbour Conservancy teaching pond dipping and other glorious past times to school children from London and the SE. Clare she is now a volunteer at Jaime’s Farm Monmouth. She is still working as a wellbeing and personal development coach, is a member of the Climate Coaches Alliance, and coach and trainer working with the NHS and privately.

Clare visited the Centre for Alternative Technology with her family in the 70’s returning again and again over the years and seeing the radical but gentle message as inspirational. From 2014-2018 she became a trustee at CAT sitting on HR, Fundraising, and Communications and Marketing Committees. In this way and as a member of the Steering Committee at HGN Clare aims to use her skills and experience to support others doing the more technical and specialist stuff!

Toni Fagan has lived, worked and raised her family in Herefordshire since 2005. In 2019 Toni was elected to Herefordshire Council as a Green Party councillor for Birch,  to the south of Hereford. 

Initially studying and working in journalism and then travelling Toni became interested in community development while living in the West Highlands of Scotland. Since then she has been involved in many community based projects and environmental campaigns. Toni’s involvement in the council  includes the Planning Committee, Pensions Committee, and the Climate and Ecological Emergency working groups for Scrutiny and the Worcestershire Pensions Fund environmental, social and governance working group. Toni is a partner in a small, extremely ethical and low carbon, catering business.

Pat is a chartered accountant who has supported various charities as the finance trustee in a voluntary or paid position for at least 40 years. As well as being the treasurer for HGN, and for a couple of other local charities, Pat tutors in accounting and finance for the Open University in Wales.

Following a career with Siemens, culminating as a Director for the Asia Pacific region with responsibilities for 32 countries, Gordon decided to focus his work on climate change issues, in particular those related to energy use. He has significant experience of working in the renewable energy sector both in the Marches and across the UK. His personal journey with using solar panels started in the 1980’s and he has worked for one of the UK’s pioneering renewable energy companies, Wind and Sun, based in Leominster. Gordon is a Director of Pomona Solar Co-Operative, Herefordshire’s largest community owned solar generation system supplying low cost electricity to local businesses, which is actively seeking more sites.

He is Vice Chair of Herefordshire Green Network, has been very involved with the county wide h Energy events over the past 10 years, and in 2019 created the Zero Carbon Herefordshire project. Until recently he was chair of his local town’s award-nominated environmental group KLEEN. He has also worked with Marches Energy Agency to support the Keep Herefordshire Warm project. He has just been elected to the board of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to support consideration of the energy consequences of decisions made.

Gordon is an elected member of the Institute of Physics (IOP), and has been a STEM ambassador to support the IOP Lab in a Lorry project for schools across the Marches and in Wales. He has developed (with support from the IOP) educational energy bikes for all ages and taken these to events across the Marches.

In any rare spare time he enjoys astronomy, long distance walking with his family and friends and cycling using only his own energy!

I’ve been working in Film & video production for the past three decades spanning social-educational, commercial and environmental sectors. I’m keen to promote new approaches to tackling climate and ecology initiatives highlighting creative networking over wider communities.

I’m focussed on broadening the understanding of zero carbon messaging and wider cultural engagement through website and online media production. Growing networks is particularly important and I’m keen to support HGN develop practical support for our existing members and broaden our grass roots reach.

Associates

Botanist turned businesswoman, Rachel is now pursuing environmental interests working as Administrator for the Herefordshire Green Network, volunteering for RSPB Gloucestershire local group as Newsletter Editor and undertaking an eco-renovation of a semi-derelict Malvern stone cottage. A keen walker, leisure cyclist and interested birder, she has an obsession with incorrectly used apostrophes. 

Clare has degree in three-dimensional design however somewhat accidentally spent her career working in social justice.

Firstly, teaching art to probation clients in a cultural centre in Birmingham (her hometown) Clare then ran a community based juvenile crime prevention project and became the national organiser for the same programme which ran in high crime communities across England and Wales for 10 years.

During this time Clare moved to the Sussex coast had three daughters and then began teaching art in the local prison. There began another ten-year career this time in prison education and resettlement. In 2007 Clare set up the first independent social and environmental enterprise business in a prison: Work This Way offered long term prisoners end to end training, voluntary work experience and employment in waste management, biofuel production and construction site health and safety skills including management level qualifications. Clare was unofficial CEO and then took redundancy from HMPS to become official CEO of the business and was made a fellow of the RSA.

Clare left the business in 2013 when it had to move to Kent and the next years were spent training and working as an associate coach, specifically working with adults with neuro-differences. In 2015 Clare moved to north Herefordshire and became a coach supervisor and manager until December 2020 when again she was offered and accepted redundancy (again).

While her family were growing up in Sussex, Clare helped run Woodcraft Folk and also worked at Chichester Harbour Conservancy teaching pond dipping and other glorious past times to school children from London and the SE. Clare she is now a volunteer at Jaime’s Farm Monmouth. She is still working as a wellbeing and personal development coach, is a member of the Climate Coaches Alliance, and coach and trainer working with the NHS and privately.

Clare visited the Centre for Alternative Technology with her family in the 70’s returning again and again over the years and seeing the radical but gentle message as inspirational. From 2014-2018 she became a trustee at CAT sitting on HR, Fundraising, and Communications and Marketing Committees. In this way and as a member of the Steering Committee at HGN Clare aims to use her skills and experience to support others doing the more technical and specialist stuff!

With a background in marketing and communications, since moving from Hertfordshire to Shropshire in 2018 Gemma has turned her focus to helping improve the lives of people (and animals) across the region. She’s joined HGN as a project co-ordinator on the Building Sense project, is researcher and project manager on a 2-year Marches-wide retrofit project, provides Vet-IR infrared imaging services for horses and dogs, is undertaking a Masters degree in Sustainable Food and Natural Resources with the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and in her down time volunteers with Zero Carbon Shropshire, manages her holiday cottage, Wrens Nest in Clun and enjoys spending time exploring the countryside walking and riding with her dog and horses.

Gemma Mok-Hartley

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