HCLT: building momentum…

Hereford Community Land Trust (HCLT) have a launch event on Wednesday 13th June.

CLT’s are a form of community-led housing, set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets like community enterprises, food growing or workspaces.

CLTs act as long-term stewards of housing, ensuring that it remains genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.

There are now around 290 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales, and the sector has grown six-fold in the last six years. The largest Community Land Trusts have over 1000 members each. 

Come and help us take Hereford CLT to the next stage of development and join us in the Medieval Great Hall at the Bishops Palace:

The Big River Clean Up

The Big River Clean Up

28th April 2018

Join us as we support Hereford River Carnival’s mission to make this festival the greenest yet.

Meet 11am: Castle Green Pavilion

Finish and Cake:  1pm

Fully family friendly, pickers supplied and prizes for biggest bag collected, and most imaginative plastic re-use idea!

Sign up here

We now have a line up for the HEnergy area at carnival – come join us!

Before the River Clean Up Day you can…

  • Print a Big River Clean Up Poster and put it somewhere near the carnival site
  • Share posts on social media, and tag and share with our partners @WyeCarnival @HfdsGN @HerefordshireWT on twitter, Stop the Drop, Hereford Coracle Club and Hereford Community Clean Up 
  • Use hashtags #pah #plasticactionhere #CleanUp

Thank you!

… the May Bank Holiday is near!

All around the county details are being finalised for the activities of the May Bank Holiday weekend.. in the north Spring Greens is looking lush in the late sunshine…

And here in the city arrangements for the launch of #PlasticActionHere in the h.Energy Village at the River Carnival are being accompanied by all sorts of other last minute developments for activities, information, food & music in the Village…

We are delighted that we will be joined by a number of artists, including Matilda Gomersall and The Onion Project:

The Onion Project looks at food, shelter and community as three human essentials. It focuses on the onion both as a source of food and its ability to dye textiles (shelter). The project aims to get people of the community together through making of clothing and the eating of food; two of the historically embedded social activities of every culture. Both of these activities, as well as providing essentials to daily life, are a space for conversation, learning and building understanding.
More information on facebook, & the photo attached is one that was made at a Kindle Centre workshop last week.
If you would like to join us in the h.Energy Village this is your last chance! Book or confirm your market stall or gazebo space by the end of this week to be part of the fun and festivities celebrating Hereford’s diverse communities and beautiful river.  
Contact events@hgnetwork.org for more information.

First Aid @ Applewood

Applewood Permaculture Centre are offering a one day First Aid course, led by a certified trainer, that complies with HSE requirements for nominated first aid-res in the workplace and includes essential life saving skills and actions to take in an emergency. The certificate is valid for three years.

Topics covered: Health & safety (first aid) regulations; managing an incident; priorities of first aid; treatment of an unconscious casualty; resuscitation; shock; treatment for choking, seizures and blood loss.’

Cost £40 concessions (limited to 3 places); £60 low-waged (<£12K); £80 waged (>£12K)

April 20th 2018, 9.00am – 4.30pm
Contact: applewoodcourses@yahoo.com

Also this Spring and Summer at Applewood: 
Activating Cultural Emergence with Looby Macnamara and Maddy Harland 26-29th April  https://designedvisions.co.uk/index.php/course-dates-topmenu-97/cultural-emergence/398-cultural-emergence-for-women
Forest Gardening with Chris Evans 15-17th June  https://designedvisions.co.uk/index.php/course-dates-topmenu-97/specialist-courses-2/397-applewood-forest-gardening-weekend-2
Permaculture Design Course 5-19th July with Chris Evans, Tomas Remiarz and Looby Macnamara https://designedvisions.co.uk/index.php/course-dates-topmenu-97/pdcs-2/395-applewood-pdc-july-18
Cultural Emergence Summer Intensive 26th July -5th August with Looby Macnamara, Starhawk, Jon Young and Maddy Harland https://designedvisions.co.uk/index.php/course-dates-topmenu-97/cultural-emergence/408-summer-cultural-emergence

Carnival and Beyond: Be Part of the Plastic Action

Herefordshire Green Network are busy helping to make this year’s River Carnival the greenest yet.

Please be part of the team that will encourage us all to ditch our plastics on carnival day and beyond.

Pre Carnival:

  • Clean-Up Sessions
  • Stamp-the-bags prep

Carnival Day: UPDATE – we have a running order and activities – it’s looking packed and fun! Click on the image to see more.

  • Handing out paper bags in the H Energy area
  • Sharing the facts around single-use plastic with carnival-goers
  • Signing people up for future supermarket actions around the county
  • Plastic Activity: Making planters out of plastic bottles with Hellens Garden Festival
  • Supporting all recycling stations at the carnival
  • Talking to stall holders about how best they can recycle, what they’ve been able to recycle this year and what might work well in the future


  • Encouraging local shops and supermarkets to use paper bags with actions around the county
A few reasons why from lessplastic.co.uk

A few reasons why from lessplastic.co.uk

Sign up here and we’ll be in touch. If you’re part of, or lead a group that would like to be involved together – or maybe you’re already taking action around plastics – you can sign up as a group.

We are also on the look-out for large used plastic drinks bottles for a recycled bottle greenhouse activity… Email events@hgnetwork.org with any leads… thanks!

Hellens Garden Festival

An opportunity to showcase HGN members’ amazing work:
… we have a picturesque barn at the Hellens Garden Festival for Herefordshire Green Network members on 9th 10th June.  Would you like to bring an activity, or a display of what you do?  The Garden Festival supports a vital cause (St Michaels Hospice) and has up to 3000 people visiting over the two days.
A couple of things to note:
  • The space will be open from 10am-5pm, we will need a presence there all day for both days of the festival.
  • The space is completely free to HGN members, but there will be no trading.

Please get in touch by next Friday 13th April and tell how you’d like to be involved.  Reply to this thread or email events@hgnetwork.org Thanks!

The Peace Corridor

If anyone is around this Saturday morning in Hereford come and join local artists Jenny Ellerton & Cowdinsky together with members of People in Motion to talk about concepts of peace and humanity alongside the new art installation in Church Street – you’ll find it next to John Mckeller’s jewellery shop. Come for a coffee and chat … Saturday 7th April, 10am – 1pm.


A couple of call outs…

Anyone who has built a Passivhaus, someone local would like to talk to you about the process and your experience with a view to building their own…. Please get in touch with us if you might be able to help them.

And North Herefordshire Green Party needs helpers to deliver its news letter in and around Leominster. If you are available please contact Paul Beeden: j.beeden@mypostoffice.co.uk

Come to the Carnival!

As many of you know we have been working closely with the Hereford River Carnival team to help initiate a process of ‘greening’ this huge and growing local festival.

On site this year we hope to have user-friendly recycle stations, a reduction in single use plastics, a solar array supported stage (funds allowing!), plus a river clean up prior to the event.

There will also be an h.Energy Village… This year we will be back in a busy area of the site near the Music Pool Tent, with our own artists, musicians, activities and food stalls – plus a fire pit to warm us if the weather isn’t as kind as we might like it to be…

If you would like to book a free stall for your community activity or organisation, please click here to fill in a booking form. Make a note along with the name of your stall that you would like to be in the h.Energy Village.

Vegan or vegetarian food outlets who might like to join us would be particularly welcome, and we hope to have a small Repair Cafe happening on site – so repairers make yourselves known to us! (email events@hgnetwork.org). Perhaps we could have a small electric vehicle display if any of you with electric cars would like to bring one along and chat to the public about how it is run .. ? And we also need stewards and other volunteers … and of course we’d just like you around…

Let us know if you are interested!

3 Acres & A Cow

… a history of land rights and protest in folk song & story – its FIRST OUTING in Herefordshire…

Come to a right romp through history next weekend!

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest with current issues like fracking and Brexit via the English Civil War, Industrial Revolution and plenty more besides – through songs, stories and poems.


“Totally knocked sideways by this show – for goodness sake, go see it while you can!” Lydia – more reviews here

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.


The family-friendly, afternoon will have tea, cake, and a bar available and there will be a farm tour afterwards. The setting is the picturesque community of Canon Frome Court.  Get your ticket here

Hosted by Herefordshire Green Network to run alongside our HGN Gathering on the 19th May: In Our Hands

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