Hereford Community Clean Up are calling out for groups who would like to join their High Town Catwalk on 11th August dressed in their best ‘rubbish’ costumes to encourage people to think about the amount of litter that is found on our streets. They will also be encouraging people to sign up to the ‘Stop the Drop’ litter pledge with Herefordshire Council.
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
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.
- 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
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 email@example.com with any leads… thanks!
On Sunday 4 March, 10 – 12, join others in Leominster as part of this Great British clean up.
Meet by the bus stop in Cornhill Road, Barons Cross estate, Leominster. Equipment and bags provided, bring your own gloves and wear strong shoes or boots. Refreshments provided.
Join us for all or part of the time, or if you prefer to, clean up your own street or area.
More information from 01568 611734 or 780886
February’s Herefordshire Green Network Gathering was a lively upbeat discussion & workshop, with a focus on the growing and ever more complex issue of plastics in our environment.
Those who came along included representatives of communities and businesses from around the county including the Orcop Plastic Reduction Alliance, Hereford Community Clean Up, Sun Valley, Low Carbon Ledbury and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust local branches. There were also many of us for whom reducing plastics in our day-to-day lives is feeling increasingly urgent.
Cllr Elwyn Vaughan, who is part of the Plastic Free Powys group, kindly made the trip across the border to encourage us to Refuse, then Reuse & Recycle. Powys is busy addressing the issue of plastics by challenging mindsets, and the Plastic Free Powys group has received a good amount of publicity for their supermarket days of action – buying vegetables and then good naturedly unwrapping and returning the single use plastic packaging to supermarket. Jane Denny of Herefordshire Council joined the discussions with information about Herefordshire’s ‘Stop the Drop’ campaign to reduce plastic litter, and agreed that reducing unnecessary plastic packaging at source is what is needed.
Plastics have grown into the fabric of everything we do – the way we eat, sleep, shop, play, communicate… It is a multisystem problem and will demand a systems approach to resolve it. With this in mind we separated off into ‘open space’ based table discussions about how we can address the issues of plastics throughout our culture: in our personal lives, in our communities, in the role of corporates and supermarkets, and at government and legislative level, nationally and globally.
Outcomes of the discussions for further possible action included:
- Finding out more about the Courtauld Commitment 2025, and how we might get involved..
- Banning recycling!
- Working with local supermarkets to request a plastic free aisle (thanks Phil Hughes for this!)
- Following the lead of Plastic Free Powys – but maybe going along to supermarkets with bundles of paperbags as a suggested alternative for shoppers
- Supporting local and national water refill campaigns
- Educating ourselves and our friends and families about the issue in order to begin to make changes in our habits.
Opportunities that emerged over the course of the evening that would be helpful in supporting these aims included:
- Stop the Drop’s links with local businesses including BID and Old Market,
- The benefit of relationship building with local supermarkets through litter picking – as in the work of groups such as Emma Jones’ Hereford Community Clean Up
- Opportunities we might have to raise public awareness through activities at local events such as the Hereford River Carnival (4 – 5th May)
- Links with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust community groups around the county
We also agreed that those of us who would like to get some local action going should meet and discuss next steps.
If you would like to be part of some local action on plastics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and once there are a few names on the list we’ll decide a time to meet – and where to start!
In the meantime check out the Plastic Free resources lists on the Herefordshire Green Network website, and send along your own additions.
In the lead up to our HGN Gathering on Plastics (Wednesday 21st February, 7.30pm, De Koffie Pot), find below the beginning of some resources to inspire you! … lets follow the fabulous example of Plastic Free Powys, and start ridding Herefordshire of single use and polluting plastics.
Click the link below, have a read … and send along your own ideas about how we can start to untangle plastics from our day to day lives:
Members of HGN are currently working with the Kindle Centre in Hereford to put together a Mid-Winter Make Do & Mend event for the 9th December. As part of this event we are hosting a Repair Cafe.
We are hoping that we will be able to establish a regular Repair Cafe at the Kindle Centre over coming months, and would really value some additional HGN support to get it started. Liz and Phil Hughes – who have long experience of running a very successful Repair Cafe in Southampton – have very kindly said that they are keen to help. So this is also an opportunity if you would like to find out more about how a Repair Cafe is run in order to try it out in your own community.
If any of you have volunteered in h.Energy or other Repair Cafes in the past, or if you have repair skills you would be happy to share and you would be interested to get involved in this event – please contact email@example.com.
There is an initiative called REFILL operating in several towns. It signs up cafes, restaurants and businesses to provide free refills of tap water to anyone who comes in with a plastic bottle. see http://www.refill.org.uk/about-refill/.
Members of HGN would be keen to see this happening in Hereford – and Rob Palsgrave has approached H&W Chamber of Commerce to see if they would consider supporting a scheme. So far he has had no response.
We have also talked a fair bit recently about more general local initiatives to curb plastic usage. Would any of you like to jump in and help push this? Either by helping organise an HGN Gathering on the theme of reducing plastics – or by supping the work that Rob is doing to bring REFILL into the county. Please let me know if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Because the next 2 weeks really are all about h.Energy, here is the listing for De Koffie Pot again – so you can make your plans…
h.Energy @ De Koffie Pot: Stalls, talks, films, music, craft & fun for all the family
In the DKP Courtyard: The h.Energy Market. Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
The KLEEN Energy Bikes – come and feel what its like to generate your own electricity, light up bulbs of different types, pump water, and try to fry and egg!
Marches Energy Agency – providing info to help reduce your homes energy costs
Super Nourished – delicious handmade raw chocolate
Growing Local – sales of gorgeous local veg grown by children at the Tillington educational garden
The Woodee – handcrafted fire pits and artisan tools
Size of Herefordshire – come & join Herefordshire’s battle to save the rainforests
The Nappy Service – information and advice about reusable nappies, continence and menstrual wear.
New Leaf Design – beautiful handmade herbal bodycare.
Electric Cars …? – come and have a look for yourself…
Browse the stalls or join a Foraging Walk led by Tim Kaye (Clan CIC) along the river banks. Setting off from DKP at 12:45pm (on Saturday only).
Also in the Courtyard, New Leaf presents Treasure Trees, a Heritage Lottery Funded interactive touch screen dark tent on the Women’s Land Army.
In Gwynn House: Make Do & Mend. Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Join local creative artists, repairers and craft makers just off the DKP Courtyard.
With felting from FfolkyFfelt, textile upcycling & fun with GinnsCreative, “Nozbug” scrap metal workshops with Tinkan Designs, and more to be confirmed soon.
Upstairs at DKP:
h.Energy talks, shows & craftivism
Puppet show: “The Selfish Giant” Saturday only, 10.30am & 7pm
An eerie & beautiful retelling of Oscar Wilde’s tale from the brilliant Sealegs Puppet Theatre. Suitable for ages 4 and upwards.
Craftivism in the Gallery. Saturday & Sunday, 11am onwards
Come and join in with some craftivism creation in the DKP Gallery. Curated by New Leaf & Salt Road. Suitable for all ages.
Upstairs at DKP: The h.Energy Talks, 12 noon – 5pm
Saturday Talks Timetable
The theme for the first part of today is creating a more comfortable home that has impact on the environment
12 noon – Um – but where do I begin? So you want to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. But how to get started? Jackie Jones
12.15pm – A pioneering passive solar house. Local energy consultant David Olivier introduces his own home
12.45pm – What works? – your chance to quiz a panel of people who have upgraded their own homes about what’s worked for them
1.15pm – B-R-E-A-K
2.15pm – Struggling with a cold house? How to get some help. Sometimes a cold house is not just uncomfortable, but has a huge impact on finances and health. Davina Allen of Marches Energy Agency/Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help
3pm – Why home solar makes real sense Solar PV feed-in tariffs are not what they were – but nor are costs. Gordon Yole of local installer Solar Kinetics will be answering questions on the pros and cons of solar PV right now. You might be pleasantly surprised!
Renewables and the bigger picture…
3.45pm – Herefordshire’s clean energy strategy Our county is making truly impressive progress on producing clean energy and dramatically cutting use and expenditure. Ben Boswell (Herefordshire Council Energy and Active Travel Manager) explains
4.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved Local community energy groups
4.30pm – We need to talk about K… limate Enough of Kevin for now, There’s another big subject we need to discuss. Gordon Coppock brings us up to date on climate science, and how effectively we are reducing carbon emissions
Upstairs After Dark at DKP: Wierdshire Earth Lore, Saturday 7pm onwards
Stories, folklore & film exploring our connections to the land. With music, performance and puppetry from local artists and folklorists.
Opening the evening at 7pm today’s second performance of The Selfish Giant from Sealegs Puppet Theatre.
Followed by music and folk tale with Sproatly Smith, Bill Laws, Libertine Spragg & Mark Stevenson.
And from 10:15pm Mash Cinema and Salt road present Treeline a range of audio visual works including New Leaf commissioned artists from the Art Council. With music from Jus Jay DJ.
The h.Energy Talks, Sunday, 12 noon – 4.30pm
Sunday Talks Timetable
We need our trains and buses and bikes – but let’s take a look at where we are going with CARS
12 noon – River Simple hydrogen car Hugo Spowers of River Simple explains his thinking on fuelling vehicles with hydrogen – and introduces his revolutionary vehicle. Is it time for us to H2Go?
12.45pm – Confessions of a former petrol head – why electric cars make sense right now Gordon Coppock
1.15pm – What works? Your chance to quiz a panel of people who drive electric cars or vans locally about how it works for them
Personal, local and global …
2.30pm – Creating a sustainable livelihood and career Dave Prescott explores opportunities to make your passion into your work, and explains his own professional path
3.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved Local community energy groups
3.30pm – The Solar Age: Global Energy Futures Local energy expert Richard Priestley explains the massive global uptake of clean, renewable energy and looks at where we are going next….
Check the other blog posts below to see whats happening at Queenswood & around the county…