HGN News and Events

I watched a bumblebee yesterday probing the flowers of Crocus and Winter Honeysuckle in its search for food. Nearby a solitary bee nectared on the pink flowerheads of Bergenia. Wonderful to see, but worrying too, as it is only mid-February yet it felt warm enough to be mid April. In this week’s newsletter there is a definite feel of the county waking up after the winter with plenty of news and forthcoming events on the theme of nature and wildlife, planting and gardening. And if you are hoping to organise an event this spring, there is funding available – read on for more details



HGN Events

HGN’s busy schedule of events during February and March started with a presentation by Jamie Audsley of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust on the theme of nature recovery followed by lively audience discussion of the issues he raised. If you missed the event, or would like to watch it again, you can find a recording of the event on our website. Click here to view.


Our next event will be on Thursday 22 February 12.45 – 2.00pm when there’s an online lunchtime talk from Sue Riddlestone OBE of Bioregional, describing some of their work with communities to ‘do things differently’ when it comes to planning.

Using learning from their BedZED eco-village, Bioregional created the One Planet Living sustainability framework – comprising ten simple principles and detailed goals and guidance – and developed it together with WWF. Backed by science and many years of hands-on experience, it’s a highly flexible framework that is helping organisations around the world to achieve their vision of a brighter, better future.

Click here to book now for what promises to be a very interesting and uplifting talk.


On 29 February 12.45 – 2.00pm we will hear from the Herefordshire Climate and Nature Partnership which was was set up just over two years ago as a key part of Herefordshire Council’s mission to deliver a net zero and nature-rich county. What has it been up to?

Join us at this lunchtime talk to gather an insight into the achievements, activities and plans of the Board, along with the wider environmental work of Herefordshire Council.

The current Chair, James Marsden, and colleagues will outline the work taking place across various sectors – land management, the built environment, transport and more – and how this fits into the national and wider context.

Click here to book for this lunchtime event


And then, at 7pm on Tuesday 5 March, a real treat. In this online workshop on  Deepening the roots of resilience: Alan Heeks shares insights from his new book, Natural Happiness, showing how we can use parallels with organic cultivation to nourish our resilience, both individual and community. See more at www.naturalhappiness.net.
Click here to book your place.