What is the Herefordshire Green Network?
Formerly the Herefordshire in Transition Alliance, Herefordshire Green Network is made up of local environmental groups, Transition Town groups, activists, environmental organisations & businesses, and local community groups.
Herefordshire Green Network has grown out of grass-roots action, and its local significance is due to the respected grass-roots activity of its Members.
The core function of HGN is supporting our Membership via the provision of a lively, resilient, credible Network. This 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.
HGN is a lightly constituted, not-for-profit organisation.
Our Vision: A resilient low carbon future in Herefordshire.
Our Mission: Encouraging environmental sustainability through collaboration, inspiration and activity.
Together HGN collaborate at grassroots and strategic levels with a view to furthering our Vision & Mission; share information & provide meeting spaces in support of the activities of member groups, acting as a hub for resource & sharing; create opportunities for grant making, public presentations and combined events, technical information sharing, etc; create a stronger voice by speaking together on areas of common interest and concern of member groups…
What HGN offers its Members:
- NETWORKING: including a virtual hub for resource and information sharing, fora to enable peer-to-peer skill and experience sharing, a Slack group discussion forum for Members (.. coming soon), and varied platforms to share activities with a wider audience, including:
- Weekly website news & email updates
- Social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
- A shared county calendar of events (Google Calendar)
- Monthly well supported discussion forums (‘HGN Gatherings’) in central Hereford
- Quarterly HGN Film & Discussion nights at Hereford Courtyard
- Quarterly HGN Members Meetings
- Involvement with local & county events (including Hereford River Carnival / Spring Greens / h.Energy)
- SUPPORT: HGN provides free virtual and local training workshops on a number of issues affecting our Members, including over the past year workshops on the issues of running small groups, fundraising, social media, volunteer engagement, and capacity building.
- RAISING AWARENESS: HGN provides Members with information about national and regional initiatives that increase local sustainability / the sustainability of our member groups and organisations, ensuring that we develop a shared strong voice to lobby on areas of common interest and concern for member groups
Membership is open to individuals and organisations. To find out more or to join us, click here!
For 2018 we are working on 3 main themes across our activities as a network:
1. Low Carbon
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.
2. Food Security
The first HGN Gathering of 2018 focused on issues of food security and food poverty, click here for the full write up of that event, which included a visit from our colleagues at Transition Worcester with their successful Food Rescue project, alongside input our own Peter Norton (Brightspace Foundation) who is currently initiating a Food Poverty Alliance for Herefordshire, and Jacquie Allsop of the Hereford Food Bank.
Other events over the course of the year have explored issues of food production and food security more generally. We also hope to also see active campaigns developing soon …. watch this space.
3. Get Active
The Awards for All funded ‘Get Active’ 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 Brewery. 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!
In 2017 our themes included Water. Click here for the lovely ‘River Stories’ outcome of our arts collaboration on water during 2017’s Hereford River Carnival.