Resources for Councillors

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Tree planting is now widely regarded as part of a solution to the climate crisis with local and national governments now setting targets for the number of trees to be planted. Herefordshire’s landscape has around 15% tree cover and many, including Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, believe this should be far higher – closer to 30%. This would have significant benefits for storing carbon, for our native wildlife and for people as woodlands are, of course, wonderful places to visit.

Agriculture and land use is an important contributer to global warming. Agriculture also offers unique opportunities to capture carbon- particularly through effective soil management. Nick Read from Farm Herefordshire and The Herefordshire Green Network delivers this talk about how land use can help to tackle the Climate and Ecological Crisis.

Join us to find out more about the Defra funded River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project ( ), which is working with landowners and communities within the seven priority sub-catchments in Herefordshire, looking at the ways we can use natural processes to slow the flow of water and reduce the flood risk to downstream communities.

The talk will discuss how this partnership project is being delivered, our achievements so far and how you can get involved. We will also discuss how NFM principles can be adopted in more urban settings, including what the average home owner can do to help.

Hugh Somerleyton, Argus Hardy and Olly Birkbeck, who own more than 3,200 hectares (8,000 acres) on their family farms in Suffolk and Norfolk, are seeking to persuade farmers and also councils, businesses, schools and ordinary people across East Anglia to pledge a fifth of their land to wildlife.