Latest HGN News

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

Featured Events

Should We All Change Our Language?

On Facebook, we recently shared George Monbiot’s proposed new terms to describe where we are in the climate crisis. The Guardian has just published that they have added these to their Style Guide. Have you changed the way you speak? Do you think this is important? It would be good to know if you feel this should be universal and whether we should ensure that we use these terms from now on in our interactions across the county.

Ludlow 21 ‘Green Festival’; Take Part

Ludlow 21 ‘Green Festival’ will be happening on Sunday 14th July this year and is always looking to inspire and inform to make positive and meaningful change for a sustainable future. They will have 43 market stalls, a band stand, demonstrations, and family activities.

With the wave of recent events that are encouraging people to believe in the possibility of change, they would like to offer a space for those with suggestions for meaningful change at the festival.

If you have a businesses, organisation, or group who might be interested in attending, get in touch with us so that we can let them know that you would like to get involved. Email Alice at

Air Pollution Causes Head-to-Toe Harm

A comprehensive global review has shown how extensive the damage from air pollution really is. As we continue to fight to improve air quality by suggesting better forms of transport, this adds greater urgency as we strive to safeguard the future of children and young people. The question of the Bypass still hangs heavy in the air, Councillors need to be armed with the latest information so that they can make better, more positive decisions that won’t have a detrimental effect on the people of this county. Get in touch with yours, and let them know.

Labour Party to Fit Solar Panels on 1.75million Homes

Good news for some homes as the Opposition make some positive proposals for the future. For those of you who have come to our ‘Great Invitation’ talks, this adds something more to the conversation when it comes to future proofing homes, as we push to rely more on renewable energy sources. This proposal is not enough but is a great start and we hope to see more of these plans across the board, from other parties.


Queenswood Country Park; Survey Ends This Weekend

With thanks for your responses so far!

At Queenswood Country Park, the New Leaf Sustainable Development team (with help from partners Herefordshire Wildlife Trust) have been busy imagining the possibility of a new Sustainability Education Centre for Herefordshire. More than 100 of you have already responded to our survey – which demonstrates an amazing level of interest. If anyone else would like to respond please do so now – because the survey will close at the end of this week on Sunday 19th May.

The survey will take 5 minutes of your time and we will be eternally grateful. Here is the link: 

An Invitation to the Unveiling of Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve.

In 2018 Herefordshire Wildlife Trust moved nearly 30,000 tonnes of soil to create over 1 hectare of one of the UK’s rarest habitats, the reedbed. They hope you can join them on the 17th of May, to see one of Herefordshire’s largest ever wetland restoration projects.

What a beautiful project!

Work for Kids Kitchen Collective!

Kids Kitchen Collective are very excited to have funding to work in Herefordshire and are looking for a Hub Lead to establish and coordinate this work! 

If you love working with children, feel enthusiastic about supporting families to cook from scratch and eat together, have excellent organisational skills and a passion for local, sustainable food – then come and work with us! It’s fun and inspiring. 

We are also looking for paid Session Leaders along with Volunteers to support our Herefordshire project. We will support everyone who joins our Hereford team with free training in Cooking From Scratch With Young Children.

Find out more here along with details of how to apply.

Application deadline: Friday 31st May 2019. Interviews: 5th June 2019.  

Evening Events with the Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust extends you an invitation to the following:

‘There has been a change in tonight’s program – The History of British liberal thought, which has had to be postponed to Wednesday 29 May.
This is because the speaker has recently been elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor for Herefordshire and has a council meeting to go to.

Wednesday 15 May 2019.
Tonight we will show a film “Iraq in fragments” followed by discussion.
Filmmaker James Longley’s documentary of occupied post-liberation Iraq presents three separate stories that together create a striking portrait of everyday life for average citizens in the war-torn nation. Longley discovers hope, religious dissent and ethnic unrest as he examines the lives of a young boy searching for a father figure in his abusive employer, Shiite Muslims looking to restore religious fundamentalism, and Kurdish farmers uncertain of their place in the new Iraq.
There are a number of very serious conflicts ongoing in the region – what lies behind them, what of a way forward? We can discuss.

Wednesday 22 May 2019.
“The size of Herefordshire”. A film about a project to save an area of rain forest the size of Herefordshire in Peru.
Two indiginous peoples in the great Amazon rainforest, the Wampis and their neighbours, the Awajun, are robustly resisting the advances of loggers palm-oil businessmen, oil and gas explorers, even gold-miners. These peoples have lived in the forest for many centuries and now need help in their battle.

Last Wednesday, the Woodland Trust presented the history of the forest covering in Britain outlined in 6 stages from the end of the ice age 1,000 years ago when there were only a few thousand humans and cover increased to >50%, through the times of Henry VIII when many of the great oak forests were devastated to build the navy, iron smelting and even selling broad, to modern times of cities, roads and extensive intensive agriculture. Now we have 13% cover (only 2% is ancient), appreciably lower than much of Europe but increased from the recent past due to reforestation. To maintain biodiversity and absorb much carbon dioxide we need to be reforesting far more.
Much interest was generated and lots of questions and discussion ensued.’

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