Applewood Permaculture

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.”

Arkstone Mill

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.

Brightspace Foundation

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.

Catchment Sensitive Farming

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

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.

Conservation (Herefordshire Council)

Information on conservation areas, tree protection, hedgerows, listed buildings, landscapes, green infrastructure, archaeology and ecology

CPRE Herefordshire

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.

Farm Herefordshire

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.

Federation of Small Businesses

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.