Latest HGN News

Latest news from around the Herefordshire Green Network. Views expressed are those of the individual authors and not necessarily HGN.

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on the climate crisis

The Boot shows the way for community shares

Learn how a Community Share offer can help fund your housing project and benefit the local community.

Meet and speak to the team who successfully used community shares to fund the purchase of their local pub, The Boot Inn at Orleton, to get ideas and find out how.

When:  Tuesday 29 October 2019, 6.30pm

Where: The Boot Inn, Orleton, SY8 4HN

This event is free; drinks and food will be available to purchase at the pub.

To book please contact Nancy on 07999925545/

HGN Pub Quiz! This Wednesday..

Something different for this Wednesday evening’s HGN Gathering: sharpen your understanding about all things climate related while having some fun at a pub quiz…

Quizmaster Perry Walker will be inviting us to share our HGN expertise and test run the climate change questions he has been developing for proposed for pub quizzes across the country.

Bring a team of friends, or take the chance to network by joining others on the night. Teams of 4 – 6 please, and we will have some must-read books to share as prizes.

Wednesday 16th October, eyes down at 7.30pm. You’ll find us in Left Bank Village Garden Room, Hereford, HR4 9DF

Its short notice, so do share this event with your friends – and lets make it an excuse for an HGN get-together.

Time is running out to share your views on the Hereford bypass

Have you got an opinion on the proposed bypass? Share it now before it’s too late.

The Herefordshire County Council have paused work on the Hereford bypass and Southern Link road to give them time for a review. This provides a vital opportunity to tell the Council what you think, especially in light of their declaration of a Climate Emergency earlier this year.

Write to John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, today and make your voice heard.

Herefordshire Starlings join rebellion

Over 100 people from Herefordshire, along with many others from the Welsh borders, will join the imminent international XR rebellion in London, which starts on Monday 7 October.

The Herefordshire-wide Extinction Rebellion group – nicknamed The Starlings – includes local groups from Kington, Hereford City, the Golden Valley, South Herefordshire, and Leominster & Ludlow. Many HGN members are involved. During the action, which is planned to last for a fortnight, they will be occupying a site with the Bristol and Wales groups, as well as XR LGBTQI+ and XR Farmers.

Kate Bull, HGN’s new administrator, will be in London as part of the rebellion for the first week. She said, “April’s rebellion helped to raise a huge amount of awareness about the ecological and climate emergency that we are facing. Coupled with the school strikes, we’re finally eating into people’s consciousness.

But the response of our governments and leaders, worldwide, is nowhere near commensurate with the scale of this crisis. We will continue to rebel until the government meets our demands, which are to tell the truth about the emergency, to act as if it is an emergency, and to set up a people’s assembly to oversee the systemic changes necessary for us to tackle it.”

She urged everybody to join the rebellion in London, even if they can only do so for one day. “We have to ask ourselves: if not us, then who? If not now, then when? Everybody. Now.”

Wilderland coming to Courtyard

On Wednesday 9 October, The Courtyard is hosting Wilderland – a brand new film festival bringing breathtaking stories from the natural world to the big screen, made by independent filmmakers from around the globe.

These ground-breaking short films will offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, from snow leopards to orangutans to humpback whales.

Hereford Green Network will be hosting a Meet & Greet after the show with Wilderland founders Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice on The Courtyard’s Mezzanine. HGN members are invited to come along and chat about the themes of this year’s films with Dan, Isaac and each other.

Wilderland is on for one night only, Wednesday 9 October, from 7.30pm. For entry to the Meet & Greet please quote: GREENGIANT at the point of booking. Box Office 01432 340555.

Feel the h.Energy at Queenswood

Queenswood h.Energy 2019

Saturday 12 October, 10am – Sunday 13 October, 3pm

On Saturday…

On Sunday…

  • Explore woodland art installations by Hereford College of Arts
  • Sustainability market
  • Kids pizza making
  • Children’s ‘Reducing Waste’ poster display
  • Free children’s activities
  • Make your own beeswax wrap paper
  • Path to a Green Queenswood tour  


Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, 
Nr. Leominster, 

Glaciers and Climate Change in the European Alps

Free public lecture by Dr Derek McDougall, principal lecturer at the University of Worcester, at Herefordshire & Ludlow College.

Glaciers in the European Alps are retreating at an alarming rate, which has implications for those who rely on them and the meltwater they release. The geological record reveals, however, that mountain glaciers have fluctuated many times, and around 6,000 years ago they were probably less extensive than they are today.

What does this mean, if anything, for our understanding of present-day changes? This talk considers the causes and evidence for geologically-recent mountain glacier changes in the Alps. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 23 October; arrivals from 17.45; talk starts at 18.00. The event is free, but please reserve places by 18 October:

Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Folly Lane, Hereford.

Let’s help Council to be carbon ambitious!

As part of its Corporate Plan consultation, Herefordshire Council is asking people to fill in a short survey. 

If they receive a lot of responses that put climate and ecology at the top of the list, that could be useful if we are asking for more money to be allocated for carbon reduction action.

HGN members might like to use the opportunity to send the Council a message about budget priorities.

You can respond here:

Zero Carbon Leominster Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting on  Monday 7 October at 7pm, Leominster Community Centre, to continue discussions and plans for Zero Carbon Leominster. We will be looking at everything people have told us over the summer, as well as some of the background facts and figures produced for us by the Brightspace Foundation. We also want set up working groups to start some of the projects we can do ourselves. Please come, bring your energies, ideas and your friends.

Pre-Loved to Re-Loved this Saturday, Leominster Community Centre

Pre-Loved to Re-Loved is the latest in our series of Make, Do and Mend events and will be a collaboration with Leominster Community Centre. Come along for crafts, cakes, stalls and more, all showing how we can breath new life into old things.

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