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

Spring Greens Report

For all those of you who attended Spring Greens in early May and would like to keep in touch with this lovely local festival, there is a meeting this Sunday 15th July for the Spring Greens AGM & de-brief. All welcome – 2.30pm at Court of Noke.

And as a little pre-reading, click here for the Spring Greens School Days Report. The School Days happen in the run up to the Spring Greens weekend itself and are an opportunity for local schools to engage in green and inspirational activities.



Spring Greens School Days Report 2018


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Make Do and Mend!

Bike Repair – Clothes Swap – Food and more.
Practical activities to save energy and money every month.

August starts with a Clothes Swap – great fun and a massive money saver, more details soon!

Do you have a ‘make do and mend’ skill you can share on any of the days?  Looking for Bike Repair experts for August and September, and sewing or laptop experts…?  Please get in touch with what you’re able to do and what you’d need from us – resources, fee etc.

To volunteer or find out more about the sessions:

Facebook event for updates and to let us know what you’re bringing:

Thanks to the Big Lottery funding for helping to make this possible and our lovely partners The Kindle Centre and Brightspace.

Sharing Culture at TAWAI

Thanks to all of you who joined the showing of TAWAI last night – and especially to large group who joined us to sit outside in the coolness of the summer’s evening, and reflect on the themes and issues raised for us all by the film.

Thanks to our panelists Cecibel Egan (Pachamama) and Jon Dover (Integral View) for their fascinating insights. Jon’s interest is in the development and transformation of human consciousness based on the ideas of Ken Wilbur, and he drew on Wilbur’s model of human evolution in our discussion. Pachamama is a group of four women from around the UK who will be travelling to Bolivia in October with our prayers and messages of reconnection to the Earth.

Cecibel talked a little about Pachamama in our discussion, and also drew on her own family background in rural Peru as we talked about the inspirational egalitarian hunter-gatherer society featured in the film.  Director Bruce Parry particularly highlights the move from hunter-gather society to agricultural society as the inevitable point of change in our relationship with the land – but also with each other. It is a transition from a culture where ‘personality and wellbeing is inseparable from the group and the landscape…’ to one of ownership – possession, and exploitation.

Our group regretted that the key players in the film were so dominantly male, but otherwise in equal part felt moved, saddened and uplifted by the themes the film portrayed. We would have liked to have sat and discussed for longer … but as the lights turned off in the Courtyard we too disappeared off into the night on our separate journeys home around 10.30pm.


Our next film at the Courtyard will be a showing of In Our Hands on Thursday 25th October to follow h.Energy. 

Our new HGN Administrator!

We are very happy to announce that we have appointed Averil Clother to take on the administration of the Herefordshire Green Network.

Many of you will know Averil from her work over the past 7 years with the Brightspace Foundation (formerly Bulmer Foundation). She has often played an important role in supporting the Network over this time, and it feels fitting that she should become the safe pair of hands to take the Network forward into a new phase.

Averil messaged to say that she is delighted to be taking on this role with HGN and that she is looking forward to meeting & talking with Network members in the very near future!

Averil will be working alongside Rebecca Tully (our dynamic HGN Events Coordinator) and members of the HGN Steering Group.

Kate Gathercole who has been coordinating the Herefordshire Green Network since it began in early 2010 will be stepping down on the 1st August. She will continue to support the Network by joining the HGN Steering Group for the coming few months.

Averil’s role with the Network is made possible by funding from Awards for All. You will have the opportunity to meet Averil at the next HGN Members Meeting on Wednesday 19th September (5 – 6.30pm) – but she will also be around at HGN events in the meantime.

Welcome Averil!

Date Correction

In Our Hands is showing in Leominster on Saturday 14th and not Friday 13th July:

A showing of the inspirational film In Our Hands. Hosted by the Herefordshire Green Schools Project and Transition Leominster at the Leominster Community Centre there will be a chance to taste a fine array of local produce from 6pm, with the film showing at 7.30pm.

TAWAI – not to be missed!

Join HGN on Monday 9th July, 8pm at Hereford’s Courtyard for a showing of this stunningly beautiful documentary from well-known BBC TV presenter and explorer Bruce Parry.

The question of interconnectedness is at the heart of Parry’s film, and after the showing we will be considering our own feelings of disconnection – and our quests for reconnection in the context of our rapidly changing world. The discussion will be helped along by the expertise of our friends in HGN, including Cecibel Egan of the Pachamama Project.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Booking & ticket details here:

What’s Happening…

At our HGN Members Meeting last week we caught up with activities from HGN groups, projects and individuals from around the county.

Lots of good ideas were shared, and some important projects were highlighted – such as the Save Mortimer Forest campaign in the north of Herefordshire. There are full details of the issues & concerns of local residents here on their website:

We heard details about plans for the Hereford Community Land Trust, and caught up with the impressive early activity of the new group Plastic Action Here! #PAH have their own facebook page and are inviting local people to ‘Adopt a Shop’ in order to support us all change our plastic ways… Click here to like the Plastic Action Here Facebook page and get involved in this local campaign.

There are some great events coming up – including in Leominster on 14th July a showing of the inspirational film In Our Hands. Hosted by the Herefordshire Green Schools Project and Transition Leominster at the Leominster Community Centre there will be a chance to taste a fine array of local produce from 6pm, with the film showing at 7.30pm.

We talked about h.Energy of course – with exciting plans evolving… as you will see form other posts.

And the Crowdfunder for h.Energy has just a FEW HOURS to go! Please show your support for this long-lived local festival by throwing in a quid or two:

Full minutes of the meeting are top of the list here. Do have a read.

And add to your diaries that the next HGN Members Meeting will be from 5 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th September, venue to be confirmed.

HGN Members Meeting Minutes, June 2018


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Vacancies & Opportunities

We’ve had an influx of job and vacancy notifications over the past couple of weeks. Here are the links if you are looking for work in environmental or social sustainability in Herefordshire.


Herefordshire Council:

Litter Innovation Fund Project Manager

Main Purpose:

  • To successfully manage the 6 month Litter Innovation Fund Project
  • To research the impact of bin rationalisation on litter levels through better understanding of public behaviours
  • To develop a public awareness campaign to educate the public about bin rationalisation
  • To collate data and write a project report for submission to WRAP at the end of the project

The fixed budget available for the successful management of this project over the 6 month period is £3,600

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Hoople Agency by Friday 6th July 2018

Full details in the document here.


Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:

Volunteer Trainee Reserves Officer

  • This role offers an opportunity to gain practical work experience and training in practical and applied conservation work and is the ideal first step in gaining a career in conservation while making a positive contribution to the conservation of Herefordshire’s habitats and species.
  • Salary: this is not a salaried role though some expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Closing date: 1st August 2018

Shop Assistant

  • The successful candidate will be required to work when needed, also at short notice at times and, in accordance with the business needs, across our two shops based in Ledbury and in Queenswood County Park near Leominster. As such the successful candidate will be considered to be a bank/casual worker and will not be guaranteed any hours.
  • Flexibility to work weekends as well as week days is essential.
  • Salary: national minimum wage
  • Closing date: 3rd June 2019


Building Better Opportunities Herefordshire:

Part-time Key Support Worker

This role will focus on Hereford South Wye and on those who are furthest from the labour market, helping them engage in activity improve their skills and move forwards into employment. Full details in the attached document here.


And talking of opportunities – we’re very excited to be interviewing 3 excellent candidates for the role of HGN Administrator on Monday morning next week. Hold onto your hats as things move around at HGN and make space for some new ideas and new faces ahead…

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