HWT and Queenswood and Bodenham Lake Partnership on BBC Countryfile

This Sunday, 29th March, two local projects are planned to be featured on BBC Countryfile: the HWT Bodenham Lake toad patrols and the QWBL Partnership (HWT and New Leaf Sustainable Development) Forest Garden at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum. The presenters also visited the HWT Artist-in-Residence Richard Bavin. The programme is currently scheduled for 7 pm this Sunday. Not to be missed!

Reminder ‚Äď first open day at the new Sustainable Future Centre at Queenswood, this Saturday

This Saturday, 14th March, is the opening day of the Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre!

The Jubilee building will be packed with information, so come along between 10am and 4pm, take a look & chat to staff about how you could get involved, plus get a free glass of Orchard Origins apple juice & 20% off eco-products in the shop!

We welcome your input into future plans for themed exhibitions, literature, films and workshops that highlight different areas of sustainable development. From climate change and biodiversity loss to plastic pollution and water management: come and tell us what you want to see.

Want to get involved ?

Wendy Ogden and Pete Norton from New Leaf will be on site on Sat. 14th March to talk about volunteering opportunities at the centre which will be open every Saturday from then on.

Contact pete@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk or wendy@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk for more info.

Permaculture Bursary Places Available!

Bursary places are available for the North Herefordshire 2019 Permaculture Design Course at Applewood.
Join experienced teachers and authors Chris Evans, Tomas Remiarz and Looby Macnamara to discover how permaculture can enhance many aspects of your life, not just your garden.
The course will run over 6 weekends from February to June. The first weekend is a stand alone Introduction to Permaculture
There are 2 bursary places available for this course for those who would not be able to attend otherwise.
Full details
Also many more exciting learning adventures in permaculture and Cultural Emergence coming up for 2019 see our website for more details

h.Energy 2018: Let’s Do This!

h.Energy is an event in Herefordshire that has been running since 2010.

Would you like to be involved this year? Please tell us how!

Crowdfunder link is also live – please support us here!

This year the event will take place over the weekend of October 13/14, have two main hubs (Hereford and Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum) and other pop-ups around the county according to interest.

Its aim: Promoting sustainable lifestyles, encouraging action to reduce carbon and providing practical support for carbon reduction initiatives.

Your interest and enthusiasm at this stage is what will shape the event – this year once again we currently have very little secured budget to spend on this event, so we are looking to partner with as many of you in our great network as possible.

Previously we have seen films, fun runs, workshops and puppetry all in the name of sustainable energy for life – what will you make happen this year?!

Please let us know how you could be involved in this form by FRIDAY 29th June 2018.

If you have an idea, but you’re not sure if you have the resources – come to our funding workshop with Herefordshire Community Trust on 2nd July. We’ll have a bid written in a morning – promise! ūüôā



TAWAI – voices from the forest

Hunter-gatherers stalk their prey in a rainforest, acutely attuned to their surroundings, perceiving every sight, every sound. The film TAWAI contrasts the intense interconnectedness of tribal cultures with our own experience of living in urban environments. Here our sensory input is on overload, and we are forced to limit the amount we take in, habitually deadening ourselves to what is happening around us.

The question of interconnectedness is at the heart of this stunningly beautiful documentary from well-known BBC TV presenter and explorer Bruce Parry, who revisits tribes in Borneo and the Amazon to describe the changing lives of the people there.

After the film join Herefordshire Green Network for a discussion. Drawing in expert voices from rural Herefordshire whilst also hearing ‚Äėthe voices from the forest‚Äô, we will be considering our own quests for reconnection in the context of such a rapidly changing world.


Film showing at Monday 9thJuly, 8pm at The Courtyard, Hereford. Followed by a discussion in the bar. More information or booking here: https://www.courtyard.org.uk/events/tawai-voice-from-the-forest-u/

Kenyan Charity Craft Project

At 10am at De Koffie Pot on Sunday 22nd April Julie Fry will be talking about her work in Kenya, educating girls in sexual health. She will also be demonstrating how to make reusable cloth pads which she supplies to the girls she works with.

Last year in Devon Julie managed to make 500 pads with her stitching group which they took out to Kenya in February. This year we hope to get the people of Hereford involved in the Project and make even more.

… and on which note we’re very happy to have Pussy Pads (eco-friendly reusable cloth menstrual pads) joining us in the h.Energy Village on the 5th May!

More info on all of that sooooooon…

Three from HWT!

Here are details of 3 fabulous looking events coming up from the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:

The Big Wildlife Quiz:                                                                                                                     Wed 21 March                     7pm-10.30pm

Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for a Wildlife Quiz Night and test your knowledge about wildlife with friends and enjoy some warming food and a glass of wine.

Venue: Millennium Hall, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7TU

Cost: £9.50 per ticket, £42.50 for a table of five people.  The ticket price includes food and there will be a paying bar.

Booking:  Book online at www.herefordshirewt.co.uk or call 01432 356872.

This is a fundraising evening specifically to support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal.


Talk: A worm’s eye view of Bringing a Garden Life:                                                                       Tues 20 March                      Doors opening 7pm, talk starts 7:30pm

A talk by Richard Fishbourne for the Hereford City branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  Richard Fishbourne ofBugs and Beasties will give one of his humorous and fascinating talks about how best to let your garden thrive and enjoy the detail and changes that nature offers.  Richard’s varied past has seen him recreate a miniature ancient apple orchard at the RHS Spring festival for the attention of HRH Princess Anne and interview gardening enthusiasts including the late Sir John Hurt and fellow actor Sir Michael Cain at the Chelsea flower show.

Venue: The Barrels (in the Brewery Room), 69 St. Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2JQ.

Cost: £2 members, £3 non members

No booking required


An Evening of Words and Music in aid of HWT’s nature reserves appeal:                                Fri 30 March                         7.30pm-11pm

An Evening of words and music, in association with the Wild Hare Club, featuring author and broadcaster Rob Penn (The man who made things out of trees) and prize winning poet and author Miriam Darlington (Otter Country: in search of the Wild Otter) followed with live music by Herefordshire’s popular world Рfolk band Slippery Slope.  

Doors will open at 7.30pm with the first half of the evening starting at 8pm.  There will be a paying bar throughout the evening.

Venue: Tomkins Theatre, 148 Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0DH

Cost: £12.50

Book your ticket online at www.herefordshirewt.org or call 01432 356872.

Further details about the event will be available on the Trust’s website shortly.

Compost Corner!

On the 24th March join a free New Leaf workshop at Queenswood to learn all about composting from master of the art Sarah Blenkinsop (Moorswood). This hands on session will appeal to the beginner and expert alike and all your questions will be answered! From 10am Р12 noon and 1pm Р3pm. For more details contact Tim Kaye or 01981 550043 or email tim@clan-cic.org (blooking is essential: www.queenswoodandbodenhamdlake.org)

Politics, Ethics, Environment

Every Wednesday there is a discussion to be had at De Koffie Pot between¬†7.30 ¬Ė- 9.00 pm.

Here is the lineup for March:

Wednesday March 7 : Talk Shop presented by Perry Walker :-

Health and Social Care local initiatives : following on from last months¬í discussion at the national level what is happening locally? There are around 30 local initiatives ¬Ė what are they? Do they join up? How can we make the most of them? What more can be done?

Wednesday March 14 : DKP Presentation :- 

Henry David Thoreau ¬Ė Philosopher, transcendentalist, first environmentalist. Rugged individualist, critic of government and materialism. Lived self sufficiently in woods, Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusettes, 1850 for two years two months. Contrast to today¬ís megacities and destruction of our forests.

Wednesday March 21 : Herefordshire Green Network :-

¬ďPersonal, Planetary, Political¬Ē Join Pete Linnell who will be introducing ecological foot printing tools to help us understand what effect our lifestyle choices are having on the environment.

Wednesday March 28 : Hereford Green Party :-

What can a Green Councillor do for Herefordshire?

With three guest councillors.


With food and drinks available in the bar.

Plastic Detox

We’re disappointed to let you know that the Marine Conservation Society are double booked and unable to attend our Gathering on plastic pollution, this Wednesday 21st February at 7.30pm.

However… we still have input from the fabulous Plastic Free Powys! and representatives of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust City Branch will come along, plus representatives from Herefordshire’s local Stop the Drop campaign.

This means our evening discussions will be less focused on plastic in our waterways, and more focussed on what we can all do locally, each time we shop / wash / write .. etc etc.

On the HGN website we are developing a list of local resources and ideas. Have a look at the list by clicking here, and come along on Wednesday with your own thoughts and ideas…

And we’ll talk about how we put our Herefordshire plastic detox aspirations into action!



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