Talks and Discussions at The Left Bank Village have moved online!

Wednesday 25th March – from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

The T&D team at The Left Bank are adapting to the circumstances and bringing to you an alternative forum for their talks and discussions during this period. 

You are invited to join them for our first attempt at a virtual event (using the free and popular online software Zoom)

In their first online experiment, local storyteller, Austin Keenan, who has been telling stories for thirty years, will tell three stories from three cultures: Russian, Irish and Arabic. Perry Walker (Talk Shop) will facilitate online discussion in between each of the three stories, that you can join in with should you wish to.

If you would like to book a place, please reply email  who will let you know how you can access the session.
Nat and Alan Co-Coordinators of Wednesday Evenings at The Left Bank Village

Members meetings – Jan minutes and next (online) meeting: Wed 1st April

The minutes of the January meeting are now online here: see Documents/Meetings/HGN Members Meeting Minutes January 2020)

The next HGN Members Meeting is on Wed 1st April at 5:30pm. We have decided to hold this meeting via the online video conferencing app, Zoom. See this link:  for how to download and use the app. The meeting invitation code is so click on the link at the start of the meeting and you will be connected.

The meeting is open to all HGN members, supporters, associates, and other interested parties…. Join us and hear about projects that HGN are currently engaged in/planning and news about what other community groups and individuals are getting up to around the county.

If you would like to try out Zoom away from the pressure of a formal meeting please see details of an informal introductory session and chat on Wednesday 25th March between 4 – 4.30pm here:

Looking forward to seeing you – and keeping in touch as a community through these challenging times.

Upcoming talks by Richard Priestley

Three upcoming talks by Richard that are not to be missed!

‘The Energy Transition from a Fairness Perspective’ Wednesday 4th March, 7.30pm. Presteigne Assembly Rooms. Part of the Sharppp Chat Programme.

‘Climate Change: Politics & Policy’ Tuesday 24th March, 6.30pm. Hereford Cathedral. ‘COP26, More info

‘The Energy Transition: Renewable energy can power the world sustainably and economically, this is how” Thursday 21st May, 7.30pm. High School, Newtown, Powys

An Introduction to Forest Gardening POSTPONED UNTIL 22ND JUNE

Monday, 22/6/2020 – 10:00am – 3:00pm Queenswood Country Park, HR6 0PY

What is Forest Gardening? Come along and find out with renowned permaculturalist Tomas Remiarz. We will use the early stages of Queenswood’s Forest Garden as an example of how to put this technique into practice.

Forest gardens mimic nature in order to grow food sustainably and stay in tune with wildlife. Find out how this works in practice with permaculture renowned Tomas Remiarz.

The day will cover:

  • What is a Forest Garden – brief introduction
  • Working like nature – observation exercises
  • Examples of existing forest gardens
  • A look at the Queenswood’s recently begun Forest Garden, along with some practical work if appropriate/possible.

Cost £20. For more details and booking:

Vote for New Leaves at Hereford Tesco stores!

New Leaf would like to help young people engage with nature through our Alfred Watkins “Traders Tracks” project: a walking in landscape art project which looks at sustainability. This part of the project will also help young people gain accreditation though the Arts Award program in conjunction with Trinity College London.  

Support from Tesco for the New Leaves project is currently being voted on by customers in all its Hereford stores for so, if you find yourselves in the supermarket grab a blue token and vote for us (up to 31st March).

Clean Transport Documentary “The Charging Bullet” 26th Feb

Bromyard’s Conquest Theatre, Wednesday 26th of February at 7.30pm

This is the first showing of the new documentary by Hereford based Fred Spaven. Join him as he converts a classic motorcycle to battery electric power and rides from Land’s End to John o’Groat’s meeting Britain’s clean transport pioneers along the way.

“Land’s End to John o’Groat’s on an electric motorcycle being filmed, exploring and having a giggle!”

Tickets are only £5 from the theatre’s website:

And a short trailer is  available here:

HVOSS Flood Appeal LATEST – Donate, or need help?

HVOSS (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) have an update on the Flood Appeal.

Donate or apply for help in the immediate aftermath of recent flooding that has affected so many in recent weeks.

For more information visit:,-or-need-help.aspx

Spring Greens Environmental Fair 9th & 10th May – join us!

Court of Noke, near Pembridge HR6 9HW 10am-6pm daily 9th & 10th May

This year, Spring Greens Environmental Fair is even more relevant than ever. There have been so many declarations of Climate & Ecological Emergency – we need to Network – to compare notes.

Over the last 10 years our event has grown in numbers attending but the range of stalls, exhibits and activities on offer has shrunk.

Sadly, last November Big Al died very suddenly. He was one of our most amazing networkers. This year’s Spring Greens Fair will be a kind of memorial celebration in his loving memory.

So, we need you to bring your burning issues – get involved – pass this invitation on to local activists and organisations. Ask them to share their community projects, environmental campaigns, sustainable business innovations, incendiary arts & actions for change.

It’s over to you … what will you bring?

Be in touch Tel 07777 661252

Richie Cotterill & the Spring Greens Fair Collective

PS for the last 4 years we have run environmental workshop days for Schools during the week before the Fair. Here is a short video from last year featuring interviews with the children taking part.

Exciting volunteer opportunity at the new Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre!

Are you a friendly, welcoming person who likes talking to others, who has an enthusiasm for environmental and social issues and the ability to engage in conversation about these without being judgmental? 

If so, we can offer you an exciting opportunity to be involved with the new Sustainable Future Centre at Queenswood Country Park, nr. Leominster, which is run jointly by New Leaf Sustainable Development and the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

The centre is open every Saturday and we are looking for a team of volunteers to:

  1. Welcome visitors to the centre and provide information about the current exhibition / films / workshops being shown.
  2. Engage visitors in conversation around the issues being highlighted. 
  3. Signpost visitors to local groups / organisations / projects where appropriate.
  4. Help out at open days and special events

Training will be given. For more details about how to apply, please email

Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre – opening event Sat 14th March

10am – 4pm, the Jubilee Building, Queenswood Country Park HR6 0PY Sat 14th March

Come and see us for the opening of the new Sustainable Future Centre at Queenswood, the Green Heart of Herefordshire, run jointly by New Leaf Sustainable Development and the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

The Jubilee building is being transformed into a new (part time) hub which will be an information and educational resource, highlighting global sustainability issues and showcasing local ideas and solutions to the climate and ecological crisis.

Themed exhibitions, literature, films and workshops will highlight different areas of sustainable development, sharing information and creating conversations about what we can do locally.

See the new ‘air source heat pump’ in action which adds to  Queenswood’s on-site sustainable technology,  including solar energy, solar thermal hot water, and a water bottle filling station to combat single use plastic bottles. The Visitor Centre also sells a range of ‘green living’ products.

Want to get involved? Send us info about your groups and organisations to share. Also 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.

Free glass of local apple juice for visitors to the centre on 14th March. Please note that parking charges apply on site.

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