Monsanto Tribunal

Herefordshire Friends of the Earth has been sending support to the Monsanto Tribunal, and coordinator Melodie Winch forwarded this update for anyone else around Herefordshire who might like to know more about this important opportunity to end corporate impunity:

On April 18th the Judges in the Tribunal delivered a very powerful message to the world. Monsanto is violating basic human rights to food, health and a healthy environment and this could be considered as ecocide if this crime would be recognized in international law. The legal opinion is a strong message to corporations, governments and United Nations, but also to the consumers and producers in the world.

Now this process lies in our and your hands. The wider we can spread the message, the stronger the effect. No longer should crimes against humanity and nature go unpunished, no longer should the cost of pollution and destruction be neglected. Help us to spread the opinion in as many networks as possible: consumers, lawyers, government circles, companies etc.

Please help us spread the legal opinion:

  • Write about it in your newsletter and publications, with a link to the legal opinion (also available in French, Spanish, Dutch and German on the other versions of the website)
  • Repeat the message several times
  • Organise a presentation or discussion about the legal opinion
  • Write letters to legal or government organisations about this legal opinion
  • Send us your ideas to create attention for this important opinion

In case you are not able to help us directly in dissemination the legal opinion, you might be able to give us some financial support. This will enable us to spread the opinion in as many networks as possible to maximize the effect. Most of the work in the Monsanto Tribunal was done by volunteers including the judges, but we need some staff to help us do the office work. If we can afford it we will also look to help Monsanto victims in their court cases and help to start new cases. Additionally, we have started a new plan to calculate the true cost of Monsanto (and Bayer if the merger goes ahead) activity. So please donate, small or large donations are very welcome on:

Stichting Monsanto Tribunal (Foundation)
Triodos Bank, The Netherlands
IBAN: NL48TRIO0390954667

Transition Networking

On Saturday June 17th there is a day’s workshop in Leicester for groups in the East & West Midlands to get together and investigate the idea of a regional hub/s in this area.

Is anyone from the Herefordshire Green Network able to attend – to represent our already active ‘hub’ and to link into opportunities to network across the region?

If so please contact Kate!

More details here

Growing Local – Bags of Help

Local social enterprise Growing Local is making an appeal through Herefordshire’s Tesco stores.

Going Local has been chosen as a finalist in Tesco’s #bagsofhelp scheme. The more tokens they receive over the coming month the more funding Tesco will give towards Growing Local’s Primary Schools workshop programme. 

Just ask for a token at the tills and look out for the Bags of Help display by the doors in the store. 

More information about the work of Growing Local is here.

Please SHARE and spread the word!

A Solstice Sing

Come and join the Turnastone Peace Choir immediately before the HGN Gathering, and give your lungs some exercise!

Everyone welcome – come along and join this lovely friendly local choir for an uplifting and rejuvenating midsummer sing…

From 6pm – 7pm, Wednesday 21st June.

In the Golden Valley of Permaculture

Come and join local permaculture experts Looby Macnamara and Chris Evans at our next HGN Gathering.

Looby and Chris are both nationally respected permaculture advocates – Looby for her pioneering work on the use of permaculture approaches in social settings, and Chris for his international development work and forest gardening approaches to permaculture.

Looby and Chris recently set up the Applewood Permaculture Centre in Herefordshire to share their vision of a centre where demonstration and learning will promote regenerative of lifestyles, livelihoods and landscapes.

Come and join this month’s HGN Gathering to find out all about their work in Herefordshire, and about their plans for Applewood – and about the relevance of permaculture as a way of working in a wide range of social and landscape settings.

Grab a pint & bring your questions and join an upbeat, relaxed evening of discussions and information.

Wednesday 21st September, 7.30pm at De Koffie Pot, Hereford. Free entry.

Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding which includes many varied habitats and is a wildlife haven in North Herefordshire.

Find more about Looby, Chris & Applewood here:

Branches Everywhere

More on the blossoming Herefordshire Tree Warden Network from hugely respected local tree hugger Richie Cotterill…

I love trees! I photograph them obsessively as they change with the seasons, the weather and vividly reflect the natural cycles of life, decay and rebirth. They are all individuals, exhibiting adaptations to their unique environments. New discoveries are giving us amazing insights into the incredibly complex inter-relationships between trees and the wood-wide-web, the rhizospherebetween their roots. Humans have been managing trees for firewood and timber thousands of years; sometimes sustainably but all too often with self-defeating destruction. Over the last 100 years we have given up many traditional woodland practices and abandoned the hard labour involved for the convenient temptations of fossil fuels.

I burn wood to warm our home and I’m always looking for “groovy” sources of renewable firewood. I believe passionately that trees are a part of the solution to the effects of Climate Change and to increased human well-being. As part of Kington Local Environment & Energy Network (KLEEN) we have been planting public fruit trees as a contribution to local food security. 

When I was appointed Tree Warden 3 years ago there was no job description, remit, powers or budget. There was also no local support network available as the County Council had cut funding to the previous County Tree Warden Network in around 2008. Re-established independently just over a year ago, the Herefordshire Tree Warden Network (HTWN) has helped to increase the number of Wardens in the County back up to nearly 40 (and rising). We provide Parish Tree Wardens with opportunities for mutual support, training and advice. Last year we held excellent training sessions on Ash Dieback and other tree diseases; winter tree identification; surveying & mapping; veteran tree management; legal issues with TPO’s, Conservation Areas etc. This year we are looking forward to sessions on community orchards, woodland & hedgerow management, coppicing & pollarding, garden & street tree issues and etc.

Nationally, we are one of only four independent County Tree Warden Networks; the others being directly supported by their County (Metropolitan or Borough) Councils. HTWN’s voluntary work is funded through annual subscriptions from Parish Councils in support of their local Tree Wardens. Tree Wardens get access to our free training programme plus the support of the Tree Council and their free publications including the excellent Tree Warden Handbook.

Would YOU like to be a Tree Warden?

With branches everywhere we can make a significant impact on the conservation, development and celebration of the wonderful trees of Herefordshire. If you want to know more, please contact Richie Cotterill on:

Tel: 01544 231236 or 07777 661252



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