Come watch a film with us!

With the evenings drawing in, it feels an ideal time to cosy up together and enjoy watching this inspiring film.

HGN are proud to be hosting this film at the Courtyard Theatre on Thursday 25 October at 8 pm. “In Our Hands – Seeding Change” is a one hour documentary film that tells the real life story of nine UK farmers daring to do things differently!

As we head towards Brexit the historic subsidies available to farmers will change…. we have the opportunity to re-imagine the subsidy landscape for generations to come.

Why now?
A new Agriculture Bill is being discussed in our Parliament this autumn so there’s never been a more important time in the last 50 years to have the voices of small scale farmers around the table. The decisions made by our government now are going to literally effect the landscape of these Isles for many years to come. In the words of the film-makers:

“The film reveals both the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the “culture” to agriculture and flavour to the tomato! We stand on a brink, the swallows are departing, but the future of this land is till In Our Hands!”

We are also really privileged to be joined by the film makers for a Q & A session after the film showing.

You can book your tickets here and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!


h.Energy This Weekend – See Sustainability in Action in Herefordshire!

Steiner School Open Morning 10am Sat

Welcome to an eighth year of seeing sustainability in action in Herefordshire!    

Full listings are on the website – click here.

Highlights below, and we’re here in the Hereford Times…

Four Open Homes – and an open school! With eco features – one is a purpose-built passive house, another a converted cattle shed so quite diverse! Have a nosey…


Passive House Open Evening Friday

Unfortunately, The Bike Ride on Friday evening has had to be postponed – the weather has scuppered plans.  More here, but we hope to reschedule on a Saturday morning in November.


The Passive House Opening Friday evening is still very much going ahead!


Plenty for the Kids – Kids Cooking from Scratch at the Kindle Centre and Queenswood. Apple Picking at Canon Frome Court. Apple Pressing in Kington , Steiner School Tour and of course the Fun Run at Queenswood on Sunday Morning – prizes for first family to finish!

Want to get out of the city? We can offer a zero carbon electric car ride up to Earthworm Open House on Saturday – so all you need to do is turn up to the Kindle Centre Hereford at 2pm, and we’ll take you the rest of the way! We’ll need to arrange space so Booking Essential – please book before end of day on Friday.

More Electric Car chat can also be had on Saturday at Leominster Corn Square and the Kindle – featuring a TESLA…

Saturday 13th: Plenty Happening at the Kindle, Asda Hereford
Sunday 14th: Workshops, Walks and a Sustainable Market at Queenswood.

See you this weekend!

Film “In our Hands- Seeding Change” – 25 Oct

“The decisions made this year are going to literally effect the farming landscape of these isles for many years to come.”

Herefordshire Green Network are delighted to be hosting another film showing of the popular “In Our Hands – Seeding Change” – this time at the Courtyard Theatre on Thurs 25 October at 8 pm. We are also lucky enough to be able to have a Q & A session with the film’s creators afterwards.

Food and farming is in crisis. In just over a decade we’ve lost more than 33,000 farms from our countryside and alongside this, bad diet is now causing more health problems than smoking. The fundamental link between people, food and the land has been broken. Yet it need not be this way.  There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets ad fairer food system for all.  At the heart of all change lies a story and In Our Hands is the story of a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society.

Alice Bowerman, a local farmer who brought the film to Herefordshire back in May says: “Herefordshire needs support for a more local, sustainable food system, that provides local farmers and growers with a decent wage.  This film is what our future is all about – how we produce food.”

Ian of the Landworker’s Alliance, a partner in making the film says: “There’s never been a more important time in the last 50 years to have the voices of small scale farmers around the table. An important Agriculture Bill will be debated in Parliament this autumn, and as we head towards Brexit the historic subsidies available to farmers will change…. we have the opportunity to re-imagine the subsidy landscape for generations to come.  The decisions made this year are going to literally effect the landscape of these isles for many years to come.”

Tickets are available from the Courtyard website.

HGN Gathering: 12 Characters in Search of an Apocalypse – Weds 17 Oct

I’m really excited about October’s HGN Gathering based on “12 Characters in Search of an Apocalypse,” which is happening next Weds 17 October from 7 pm at the Left Bank, Hereford.

The 12 Character project is a worldwide call for community dialogue around one of the two most significant challenges of our uncertain times – the ongoing collapse of the web of living beings that supports all life on Earth – a collapse that with each passing day gains momentum.  The goal of this project is to get people talking with one another about what is happening to them, their families and their communities.

This will be an interactive experience and we would like several people to volunteer to be readers of some of the monologues, which will be interspersed with further discussion amongst the group. It would be lovely to have 3-4 (or more) local readers.  The monologues are 3-4 paragraphs in length, around half an A4 page and take between 2-3 minutes to read. They’re all printed and we read directly from the page.

The hosts for this event may like us to meet just before the start, possibly 6-7pm for an initial read through.  This would all take place at the Left Bank.

If you’d like to join us as a reader and take part in this event, please get in touch with Rebecca ( or Averil (

If the reading part doesn’t appeal then please just come along and share some time with us for this important conversation.  All welcome.

Do you have an Electric Car or Bicycle?

We would love to hear from you if you have an electric or hybrid car or electric bike and would like to show it off during h.Energy weekend (13th October)!

We have space booked outside the Kindle Centre, ASDA, Hereford on Saturday 13th October, from 10 am – 3pm, for a few cars & bikes.  We are going to be showcasing many aspects of sustainable living during this day, with family-friendly activities and information inside, and new ways of low-carbon travel outside.

Do email Rebecca ( or Averil ( to let them know if you would like to take part.

Make Do and Mend!

Come and join us for our next Make Do & Mend session on Saturday, September 15th 2018 at

The Kindle Centre, ASDA, Hereford, 10am – 2pm

Bike repairs – Clothes Swap –  Household Repairs – Food and more.

Practical activities to save energy and money every month.

Come & challenge Brian – one of our Repairer’s – can you bring him a household item that he’s never fixed before?!

The Kindle’s Knit & Stitch team will be on hand to help with clothing and textile repairs.

Do you have a ‘make do and mend’ skill you can share on any of the days?  Please get in touch with what you’re able to do and what you’d need from us – resources, fee etc.

Kid’s Kitchen will be there to cook with the kids and Growing Local will be preparing & sharing a community meal.

Here’s how the CLOTHES SWAP will work:

10-11am Drop off the clothes you don’t want & collect your tokens (max. 10 items per person).

11am-1pm Select the clothes you do want & exchange them for your tokens.

PLEASE NOTE – We will only accept clothes that are in good, clean condition. We will NOT accept shoes, socks, nightwear, babygros, underwear, hats, scarves, gloves.

The Clothes Swap normally has a good selection of children’s, men’s and women’s clothing, which will be sorted into separate sections.

Any queries about the Clothes Swap, contact Averil:

A similar event is also scheduled for 13 October 2018 to celebrate h.Energy weekend!

To volunteer or find out more about these Make Do & Mend events, please contact Rebecca: Email:

Facebook event for updates and to let us know what you’re bringing:

Thanks to the Big Lottery funding for helping to make this possible and our lovely partners The Kindle Centre and Brightspace.

h. Energy October 2018

The countdown has begun to another inspiring set of events to celebrate and inspire sustainability in Herefordshire. Full details will be added to the h.Energy website soon.

We have already had a huge amount of your positive energy thrown into the festival – open houses, donations, offers of talks… thank you for everything offered so far.

All the individual events will need a lot of people’s time to help them come off and we want everyone to feel supported and enjoy themselves –

so please be involved in the next couple of months – let us know what you’re interested in here.

If you’re not around on the weekend there are events happening either side, and lots of publicity and admin from right now… Averil, Wendy and I will be very happy to hear from you with anything you’re interested in – please be in touch.  We are also looking for plastic-free stalls, repair experts and HGN member organisations who’d like to showcase their work.

If you’ve volunteered before, and we already have your details – don’t worry about explaining who you are just please remind me of your contact details – thanks!

You can now download the h.Energy Poster and Leaflet containing the schedule of events. The schedule of h.Energy events & activities taking place at Queenswood on Sunday 14th October can be downloaded here.  Please feel free to circulate these documents far and wide!


Friday 12th October: Eco-home open house in Hereford

Saturday 13th October: Repair Cafe, Clothes Swap, Family Cooking From Scratch, Electric Vehicle Displays, Talks and more at the Kindle Centre Hereford

Sunday 14th October: Fun Run, workshops, plastic-free events and a #plasticfreehere market at Queenswood Country Park.

Lead-up events include:

Kids Kitchen will be at the Fun Palace, Left Bank on 6th October cooking up a sustainable storm with a drop-in session making apple tarts from scratch with all ages.

Make Do and Mend at The Kindle Centre 15th September will feature repairs of all kinds – sewing, general household and bikes – plus family cooking and a clothes swap.

All the events will appear on the h.Energy website within the next two weeks – please keep checking back and share all the events you can with everyone you know!

September Gathering: Plastics with the Marine Conservation Society

September 19th 2018, 7.30pm Left Bank Hereford

We welcome Emma Cunningham of the Marine Conservation society to talk both national plastics campaigns, and tell us about the Wye UP campaign in Ross on Wye.

“Wye Unneccessary Plastics” have worked with local shops and businesses much like our Plastic Action Here work locally – so it will be good to share ideas and resources.

If you’ve been part of this so far in anyway it would be great to have you at this gathering so we can keep momentum. If you’re new to it all -great, we look forward to saying hi!

We’ll also re-invigorate our Divest Parliament action and check in with news of upcoming h.Energy.

Don’t forget – Make Do and Mend starts 18th August

August: A Social Gathering

We have no formal gathering in August, but Russell of Innocent Pilgrim has invited us to his yurt for a cider and cheese tasting – hurrah!

Russell will be opening the yurt from 7pm for a meet-up, social and tour of the apple farm. He will take you through some popular cheese and cider pairings, and more plans afoot to pair cider with food.

Please let us know if you can make it, and where you’re coming from so we can share lifts.

If you don’t let us know we may assume no interest so please do say!

The easiest place to do this is on the Facebook event, but you can also email

Look forward to seeing you!

September’s Gathering will be back at Left Bank in Hereford, we’ll be checking in with our plastics campaign and welcoming Emma from the Marine Conservation Society with resources and ideas…

And don’t forget the start of the Make Do and Mend Saturdays at The Kindle – please spread the news far and wide – see you there…


Spring Greens Report

For all those of you who attended Spring Greens in early May and would like to keep in touch with this lovely local festival, there is a meeting this Sunday 15th July for the Spring Greens AGM & de-brief. All welcome – 2.30pm at Court of Noke.

And as a little pre-reading, click here for the Spring Greens School Days Report. The School Days happen in the run up to the Spring Greens weekend itself and are an opportunity for local schools to engage in green and inspirational activities.



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