ACRE – Action with Communities in Rural England

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.

Colwall Orchard Group

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.

Community First

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.

Hereford Community Land Trust (HCLT)

The Hereford Community Land Trust was formed in 2016 and is part of a national network of local Land Trusts.

A Community Land Trust is a non-profit community-based organisation, run essentially by its members, which acquires and holds land on which the CLT’s specified objectives are carried out. Most CLTs develop and own ‘permanently affordable’ housing, possibly with other assets such as workspaces, open spaces and community facilities, which together meet the needs of the community.

The HCLT mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality homes for sale or rent to local people in the Hereford area and surrounds. Following pathways developed by CLTs elsewhere, their aim is for these to be designed with community input to be energy-efficient and low-carbon, built with locally sourced materials and skills in a sustainable setting that includes food production, renewable energy, waste management, and all that is necessary for a healthy, balanced community.

hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)

hvoss provides information, guidance and support to volunteers, charities, voluntary and community groups in Herefordshire. All these organisations deliver public benefit and are not for profit. hvoss is locally accountable to them through their membership of hvoss. Their vision is a vibrant and active local voluntary and community sector.

hvoss develop constructive commissioning arrangements and partnership working between their members and others seeking to positively support community life in the county.

LARC Development Trust

Grange Court, built in 1633, is the last surviving market house known to be built by John Abel, a local master carpenter. Today it is a Community, Heritage and Enterprise Hub, owned by the people of Leominster through the LARC Development Trust. It is a place for people to meet, work, learn and enjoy!


The national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful.

National Allotment Society

The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. They work with government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all.

One Planet Council

Supporting ‘One Planet’ developments in Wales:

“This forward-thinking planning policy provides a genuinely affordable and sustainable way for people to live and work on their own land, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits. It was adopted by the Welsh government in 2011 as part of its One Wales: One Planet scheme.”


Parish Liaison – Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council and the local parish councils throughout the county have agreed a charter which sets out how they aim to work in partnership, building on best practice and working together to establish new and enhanced ways of working.

One of the key ways in which the charter is being delivered is through locality working.

The parish liaison and rural services officer provides a close link between Herefordshire Council and local councils and can offer help and advice to local councils on working with the council.

To find out more about the ways councils are working together read the Charter for Herefordshire Councils.