From Nat and Alan: Details of upcoming talks are below. Please, as ever, do pass on to individual friends and family, but please do not share this access information publicly on social media. 

Forest Gardens with Martin Neicho Wednesday 7th October, 7.30pm – 9pm

Forest gardening follows the layered principles governing natural stable forests. Forests are diverse and resilient places.  Forest gardens may contain large trees, small trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, annuals, root crops and climbers. In the tropics forest gardens have a much longer history than in the UK; people there use them as a back-up food source in case of crop failure. We can create a beautiful, peaceful space to be, that you can eat! Once planted a forest garden generally looks after itself; it’s low maintenance, no annual digging; seeding; daily watering; no chemicals and if you design it well, no inputs from outside of the system at all: This is sustainability at its’ best and has to be part of our long-term future! 

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Richard Priestley presents a talk on Energy Wednesday 14th October, 7.30pm – 9pm 

The third in his series ‘Big Questions: Unthinkable Answers’, Richard Priestley, local activist and environmental blogger gives a talk on Energy. Is 100% renewable energy possible for all sectors (electricity, heating, cooling, transport, industrial processes) and for all countries? What technologies will be most useful? How does Global Social Justice fit in? What companies, governments and other agencies are doing useful things? How quickly might it be possible to reduce global carbon emissions to net zero? Going beyond net zero to a global economy that was sequestering more carbon than it was emitting: how and why? What and who are the lethal incumbents putting obstacles in the way of rapid decarbonisation?

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Post-Covid Lockdown Healthcare
Wednesday 21st October, 7.30pm – 9pm 

Ian Stead, Chair of Healthwatch Herefordshire, will provide a brief summary of where Covid is in the County followed by an exploration of some discussion topics including: 

  • IT remote appointments
  • Impact of hospital restrictions and the effect on treatment of other conditions e.g. Cancer
  • Inequalities and isolation due to remote treatments, no hospital visiting etc. 
  • GP access and different approaches to it
  • Access to A&E only by prior GP or 111 reference

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The High Street – Thinking Beyond Retail – Creating Health and Wellbeing Community Hubs  Wednesday 18th October, 7.30pm – 9pm

In so many Towns and Cities around the UK, The High Street is in trouble. Boarded up shops, numerous charity shops and betting shops. Guest Speaker Dr Malcolm Rigler talks about the opportunity the council’s purchase of The Maylord Shopping Centre might present, offering Hereford the opportunity to explore new ways of working that involve the diversification of  The High Street Offer into “Health, Education and Community Development” . In developing such initiatives Hereford might well be able to take the lead in the Midlands Region for the much needed  creative change in the High Street Offer  that has long been called for by REVO (an organisation that supports retail) and many other agencies. Talk from guest speaker, Dr Malcolm Rigler, followed by discussion.

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We hope you can make it! Best wishes, Nat, Alan and Nigel Coordinators of the Talks and Discussions Calendar (usually!) at The Left Bank Village. Feel free to contact us  or