Welcome! Here you can find details of resources that members have found useful, and links to projects and initiatives that come up in our gatherings.  The topics are listed below, and within you can search local – regional – or nationally too. If you’d like to add a resource please email admin@hgnetwork.org or Contact us

ACRE – Action with Communities in Rural England
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Action with Communities in Rural England is the national voice for the 38 rural community councils who make up the country’s largest rural network. Together, ACRE reaches 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.

Their vision – to be the voice of rural communities – is supported by the wealth of evidence and intelligence on rural matters that they collect from members. They use this evidence to influence national policy on rural issues, from housing, health and transport to broadband, services and fuel poverty.

ACRE has a strong track record of speaking up for rural communities on the national stage and delivering multi-million pound projects that enable our communities to find innovative solutions to the challenges they face.

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Applewood Permaculture
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Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding as well as a training centre. There are various teaching and course spaces, from heated yurt and barn space to outdoor marquee and open air.

Applewood run a wide range of courses here, mainly focused on either Permaculture or the Cultural Emergence pathways (see website for more info).

The essence of each of their courses is empowerment, so that each person is able to bring their own unique set of skills and life experience to enrich the learning environment."

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Arkstone Mill
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Arkstone Mill are organic growers licensed with the Soil Association. They supply boxes of organic vegetables, fruit and eggs to Hereford and surrounding villages, including the Golden Valley, delivered to your door.

If you order a box at least £15 in value, you can select the contents of your box via email. For all box sizes they will exclude any vegetables that you don't like, or grow for yourself. See website for how to order and further information.

Their box scheme has been running for over 15 years and is an economical way of buying organic produce while cutting down on the food miles. They grow over 70 varieties of vegetables on a smallholding in Kingstone, and all bought in produce is certified organic.

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Big Lottery Fund
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National Lottery funding.  Includes the 'Awards for All' fund of £10,000 or under, funding ideas that:

Shape the places and spaces that matter to communities
Bring more people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

Brightspace Foundation
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Brightspace promotes and supports sustainable development in Herefordshire. The Brightspace team work at both strategic and grassroots levels, sitting on a variety of local Boards and delivering local projects.

As part of their Sustainable Route Map for Herefordshire Brightspace are collating and monitoring data to measure data sets which are Indicators of whether or not the county is moving towards a sustainable future or not.

Full details via the website.

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Bumblebee Conservation Trust
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Information on bumblebees including bee activities for different age groups, games, management advice, and bee identification resources.

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Butterfly Conservation Society
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The Butterfly Conservation Society aims to protect and conserve wild butterflies and moths.

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Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE)
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CFE helps farming businesses, by signposting to best practice in soil management, crop nutrition and pesticide use.
CFE helps farmers support the natural environment, whilst farming productively.
CFE gives farmers the opportunity to demonstrate their ‘green credentials’ to the rest of the industry and the general public
CFE is a partnership approach, supported by organisations engaged in agriculture and the environment and voluntary industry-led initiatives.

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Catchment Sensitive Farming
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Part of Natural England, Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) raises awareness of diffuse pollution from agriculture by giving free farm visits, training and advice to farmers in selected areas in England. The aim of the advice is to improve the environmental performance of farms.

Advice is only available in high priority areas for water quality.

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Colwall Orchard Group
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Colwall Orchard Group owns and manages Colwall Village Garden where they have created a community orchard. Colwall Village Garden also includes 58 allotments of varying sizes, which are leased to and managed by Colwall Allotment Association.

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Common Ground
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Strives to seek imaginative ways to engage people with their local environment. The idea of Local Distinctiveness is at the heart of everything we do, and for the last thirty years we have captured the imagination of people all over the country by creating projects like Apple Day, Parish Maps and New Milestones, all of which continue to inspire our new projects and unearth the strong connections that communities have with the landscape that surrounds them.

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Community First
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Community First is at the forefront of sustainable, robust community development in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They specialise in providing high quality advice and support to community groups and organisations, to help them grow and meet the needs of the communities they serve.

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Conservation (Herefordshire Council)
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Information on conservation areas, tree protection, hedgerows, listed buildings, landscapes, green infrastructure, archaeology and ecology

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CPRE Herefordshire
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CPRE Herefordshire campaigns for a sustainable future for the beautiful landscape in Herefordshire. Their work involves liaising with the planning system to influence the protection of countryside character. They advise members and non-members on planning issues and frequently comment on landscape issues.

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CPRE Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit
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Mapping your local "food web" - the connections between producers, retailers and consumers - highlights its importance for your local economy, landscape and community.

This toolkit (downloadable from the website) provides all the materials and guidance you will need for a successful project.

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Farm Herefordshire
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Farm Herefordshire is a group of organisations that have formed a collaborative partnership to support farming in Herefordshire through the promotion of good practice, training and advice.

It works to promote best practice in soil and water management which will help to deliver the Nutrient Management Plan for the Rivers Wye and Lugg.

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Federation of Small Businesses
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As experts in business, the FSB offers their members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Their mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

The local Herefordshire branch can be accessed via the website below.

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Food Co-ops
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One of Sustain's projects which aims to build a network of community food co-ops and food buying groups across the UK to help new groups get off the ground and existing ones to thrive.

Food co-ops, food buying groups, food clubs and food groups are terms that are used interchangeably to describe a food outlet that is run on a not-for-profit basis to give people access to good food at affordable prices. They have used the term ‘co-op’ because it implies co-operation which is all about people working together to achieve something they couldn’t do on their own.

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Forestry Commission
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Forestry Commission England is recognised and respected as an international leader in sustainable forestry. They manage a unique public forest estate, where millions of visitors enjoy a wide range of recreational activities by exploring woodlands on foot, cycle and horseback or even getting high up in the tree canopy to enjoy some totally different views.

As well as timber forests they successfully manage native woodlands and other important habitats for wildlife and conservation such as heathlands and bogs.

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Gapminder – Global Trends and Stats
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Charts, graphs and a huge amount of figures detailing the status of every country on the globe - includes C02 emissions, income, agricultural land among many other things!

 

 

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