Latest HGN News

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

Heritage Open Day at Queenswood

Queenswood Country Park’s Heritage Open Day this coming Saturday, 21st September, will showcase its traditionally managed woodland, as well as the crafts – past and present – associated with it. 

Crafts to explore include green woodworking and charcoal making, and there will be demonstrations of horse-drawn timber extraction as well as a range of free children’s craft activities to take part in. There will also be a number of guided walks around the site. Full details and timings can be found on the website:

The event celebrates the Queenswood Heritage Gateway Project which has been running throughout 2018-19, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Community Led Gleaning…

Very late notice and only available to those of you who receive our daily rather than weekly mailings… but a chance not to miss!

Are you, or is someone you know, interested in organising community-led gleans?

And by that we mean – groups of people rescuing surplus fruit & veg from farms.

If that sounds interesting and you want to learn how to organise a gleaning day, then why not come to training in Redditch – led by food waste charity Feedback.

Date of Training: Tuesday 17th September, 2pm ’til 5pm.

Please RSVP to Alistair for more information:

For more general information about community led gleaning, click here.

The venue is The REDI Centre, South Street, Redditch. B98 7DQ
Here’s the How To Find the venue:

Climate quiz whizzes wanted!

Now here’s a clever idea from Perry Walker. He’s trying to get every pub quiz in the county to include a section on climate change in the autumn, and we’d like our brilliant Network to support his initiative.

You can help by:
* Letting us know which pubs you frequent and whether they have a quiz team or not. If they do, can you give us the name of the quizmaster/mistress and contact details?
* Suggesting questions. Think about what would interest a non-specialist. We think they should meet one or more of these criteria: be about solutions; be surprising in some way; be about daily life.

We can send you the developing list of questions if you are interested, but here’s an example:

Q1.According to Donald Trump who created the concept of global warming?

  1. China 
  2. The Democrats 
  3. Mexico 
  4. North Korea

[Answer = China]

Please email Perry Walker with your questions and suggestions.

Make, Do and Mend x The Life and Soul Kitchen. Saturday 14th 10am – 3pm

Our next Make, Do and Mend event is on this weekend in collaboration with two fantastic projects – The Life and Soul Kitchen and Big Skill. Head on over to Unit 1 in the 3 Elms Trading Estate to do some crafts, get your bike fixed up, swap unwanted clothes and find out more about sustainable living and the great work being done by our partners.

Your Planet Needs You!

You are warmly invited to come to a dedicated evening session to inform, welcome new and re-affirm existing members.This will be a well organised evening, skilfully led by Dr Kristina Jamieson with plenty of information, small group discussion, questions, laughter, cake and sense of gathering.You can find where you can best fit your skills and interests within the XR family and feel empowered to act.

Monday September 2nd Tea & cake from 6.30 for 7pm start

The Friends Meeting House (Quakers) King StHereford

From What Is to What If….

Transition Network UK are currently working on a funding bid to the National Lottery Community Fund for a 5 year programme developing regional and thematic networks in England, Wales and Scotland.

As part of that bid, they have developed a survey to bring in as many voices from Transition across the Country as possible.

And they would be delighted if you lovely people from Herefordshire and the Marches would fill in the survey… They need multiple perspectives and different experiences.

And as an incentive they are offering a prize draw for three copies of Rob Hopkins’ new book From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want – due to be published in October 2019.

Here is the survey link: Please complete by: Saturday September 7th


Big ideas sought for Zero Carbon Leominster

In response to the climate emergency, Transition Leominster is working to create a Zero Carbon Leominster Energy Descent Action Plan.

Jenny and Silke, from Transition Leominster, said, “Thank you to everyone who came to our public launch meeting on 13th June to kickstart our plan. We had a great presentation from Gordon Coppock and Nick Read on Zero Carbon Herefordshire, and afterwards Mary Burton kept us all focused for a brainstorming session where we started collecting ‘big ideas’ for our action plan.”

The meeting identified the following themes:

  • Sustainable transport
  • Energy generation and energy saving
  • Buildings and the built environment
  • Biodiversity and green spaces
  • Food and land use
  • Education and awareness

Based on this, the group has created a survey to invite suggestions for how Zero Carbon Leominster can become a reality. Please take a minute to fill in the form, and contribute your big ideas to the project!

Special HGN Gathering – 18 September

As we begin to regroup after the summer, we’re delighted to announce a special addition to our programme of HGN gatherings:

with Looby Macnamara
Wednesday 18 September, 7.30pm @ Left Bank Village, Hereford

Cultural Emergence is a toolkit designed to create cultures of personal leadership, collective intelligence and planetary care. The toolkit has been developed by Looby Macnamara in collaboration with other global visionaries. Join Looby to find out how Cultural Emergence can support you in creating regenerative cultures in your own life and relationships, as well as how it can ripple out into the wider world. Discover a message of hope and tools for empowerment.

Looby Macnamara is an experienced permaculture teacher, author and designer, and runs Applewood Permaculture Centre in North Herefordshire. She is running a weekend ACE (Activating Cultural Emergence) course from 4-6 October at Applewood, which you can explore in more detail with an online, free/pay as you wish Cultural Emergence taster course. For more details of all the courses online and at Applewood see 

HGN x Wellbeing Cafe, Wednesday 28th

Herefordshire Green Network will be teaming up with the Wellbeing Cafe on Castle Green this Wednesday for the first in a series of Make, Do and Mend events.

We have been so impressed by all the work the Wellbeing Cafe has been doing to tackle food poverty in Hereford during the school holidays this summer, and we can’t wait to get involved ourselves.

As the first in a series of events around Herefordshire we will be bringing free sustainability activities to their pop-up community cafe this August. Come on down to brush up your metal working skills making bugs and flowers from old tin cans, or bring your bike along for a check up with our bike mechanic. In fact, while you’re at it why not grab some delicious lunch from the cafe itself, served up from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sustainable Food Cities for Herefordshire

Those of you who came along to our July HGN Gathering about local food security will be pleased to see more information here from Kristen Prichard. Kristen works as a Health Improver Practitioner with Herefordshire Council and is currently moving Herefordshire towards a Sustainable Food City (SFC) award.

Across the globe, communities at every scale have recognised the key role food can play in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges and are taking a joined up approach to transforming their food culture and food system.

From obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to declining prosperity and social dislocation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

The Sustainable Food Cities approach involves developing a cross-sector partnership of local public agencies, businesses, academics and NGOs committed to working together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live.

Kristen is in the initial stages of mapping activity across the county and is really keen to celebrate the great things going on by achieving a SFC award for the county.

Further information can be found here:

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