Latest HGN News

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

Extinction Rebellion

We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with about 200 species becoming extinct each day. Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak.
When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship.
Join XR Hereford on a non-violent demonstration through Hereford on Saturday December 1st. Meet at 11 am on Castle Green Hereford.

Tell us what you want….

The HGN Steering Group are in the process of putting together another round of funding applications to secure a bit more future for HGN and our work in the county – and we need your help!
The last major round of HGN funding was from Awards for All, and was aimed at providing some core development for HGN – including providing workshops to address needs you had all highlighted. We’d like to make the focus of this next bid much more about support for your own work in local communities around Herefordshire.
So …. please could you answer a couple of questions for us:
  1. What do you see as the most pressing issues for your organisation or group?
  2. What are the most urgent issues affecting your community?
  3. What is the current focus of your organisation or group’s work?
  4. What would you like HGN to do in order to help you achieve your aims?
  5. What help do you need in order to work effectively with the issues affecting your community?
We would love to hear from a broad range of you in order to get a sense of what would genuinely be most useful as a next step for HGN.
We also have a few ideas for you:
  • In an HGN Steering Group meeting last week we wondered whether you might like support to develop your own community car share clubs, or community renewable energy / heat… ?
  • In discussions with other members of the HGN team we have wondered about developing the Repair Café / ‘Make Do and Mend’ model in Herefordshire as a way of bringing your local community together – the regular focus on repair, up-cycling and local food would provide a platform for deeper discussions within your community about environmental and energy issues. Would you be interested in receiving support to develop these activities in your area… ?
  • … Or do you have other very different ideas about what you would like funding to support.
…. Please let us know asap so that we can get this funding bid together soon … Ideally we would like to hear from you over the next week.
Thank you 🙂

Seed Swap 2019

Next year’s Seed Swap has been confirmed for:

Saturday 2nd February 2019, 10am – 2pm, at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford.


Come along and swap seeds, plants and tips. Even if you have nothing to swap, you can still join in and take home some seeds or plants. Newbies are always very welcome at this friendly event, and we look forward to seeing familiar faces.


For the first time there will be seed potatoes for sale – 18 varieties available, at a modest 15p per tuber. Great opportunity to buy all your Seed Potatoes!


·       Tools for Self Reliance charity – they collect old tools (so bring yours along), and also sell a wide range of their refurbished tools;

·       Tool sharpening service;

·       Cottage Herbery;

·       Composting advice;

·       Bees/Honey/Jam and more…


Free Talk at 11.30 by Kevin Alviti on Unusual Vegetables.

Kev is a knowledgeable and highly entertaining speaker. He is a seasoned, multi-skilled homesteader and blogger.

There’ll also be lots of advice and opinion on offer too…

For more information:

Email:, phone: 07880 730880

Facebook: Seed Swap Herefordshire

FREE workshop on community led housing

Herefordshire Centre for Community Led Housing are offering you an opportunity to get to grips with legal frameworks and governance for community-led housing.  Learn what works best for different kinds of fundraising, and about the pitfalls to avoid when purchasing land.

This is a free workshop led by Anthony Collins Solicitors.  21st November 10am – 3.30pm includes lunch at Canon Frome Court, Ledbury, HR8 2TD.

Please phone Nancy on 07999 925545 to book or email as below.

Nancy Winfield
Project Development Manager
Herefordshire Centre for Community-Led Housing 07999925545/

Thank you Averil!

This week we say thank you – goodbye – and hopefully keep in touch! to Averil, who has been an exceptional administrator, networker and strategiser for HGN in the last six months. Averil will be heading to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust so we hope to work closely together in the future. And she’ll also be volunteering to make the increasingly popular clothes swap happen in our partnership events with the Kindle Centre.

We’ll also say goodbye to Rebecca at the end of November – please come and take advantage of her last gathering and training session on 21st November. We hope to keep working alongside Rebecca too in some way.

Still time to get in touch about taking on a role supporting the work of our network – applications open til November 30th.

November Gathering: Funds & Publicity

November’s HGN Gathering will focus on finding funds and designing your message.

Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford

Wednesday 21st November 7.30pm. 

As our current ‘Get Active’ project comes to an end, this is a chance to share what we’ve achieved and for members to benefit from some strong skill-sharing – also an idea of the services you can expect from the network as we clarify our membership.

You can find out more about becoming an HGN member here

We will be:

  • Sharing lots of info from Herefordshire Community Foundation about local funding available
  • Rebecca will be running some ‘Small Funds for Small Groups’ activities from her ‘VolunteersYeah’ training session
  • …and Martin Driscoll of Worcestershire Litfest will talk us through ways to use the dark pubclity arts to our advantage as environmental groups!

Come and join us to find out more about achieving the aims you have within your organisation or community group.  Please share and invite people by using the flier image, this link or on Facebook. Thank you!

Please let us know if you are coming to the gathering here – and which topic you are most interested in, so that we can tailor the evening accordingly.


Hereford Community Land Trust


7 – 9.15pm Thursday 29th November

Garden Room, Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DG

Arrive from 6.30 for finger buffet, refreshments and social gathering

Dear All HCLT Members and Friends,

The last few months since the launch of the Building Momentum project in June have been very busy on all fronts, with significant progress made in several important ways.

We would like to share this with you, answer your questions, outline the continuing work programme, seek your active support and contributions, and request your formal approval for crucial next-steps towards getting community-led housing built in and around Hereford.

So, please would you put Thursday 29th November 7-9pm in your diary and to help us plan please let us know whether you can or can’t attend by clicking on this link:

These are some of the key items we intend to cover, and would be glad to have your feedback on this with any suggestions.

Ø  VOTE YOUR APPROVAL for action on two specific sites

Ø  UNVEIL the brand-new HCLT website

Ø  FORTHCOMING EVENTS under the Building Momentum project

Ø  FOLLOW-ON FUNDING from Homes England


Ø  HCCLH Developing relationship with this and other local organisations

Ø  NOMINATIONS to strengthen HCLT Board 

Ø  VOLUNTEERS for specific roles eg. social media / marketing

We hope you will be able to join us and please circulate this invitation to anyone you feel could be interested.

Again, please use the link:

Best wishes

Nick Sherwood

We the uncivilised – A Life Story

Filmmakers Pete and Lily Sequoia have just moved to Garway and warmly invite you to a screening of their award-winning documentary.
Go at 6:15 and bring food to share, if you would like to eat together. Film starts at 7:30, Followed by a discussion hosted by, Pete and Lily Sequoia.
£5 – Tickets on the door

A couple confront the reality of our times and discover a culture of connection and belonging.
“For everyone out there who feels the waves of change – go and see this film.” Veronique Cabois, Editor Tawai.
“A stunning, sensitive journey into ecology, humanity and spirituality.” The Cube, Bristol.

More details here.

The Kindle “BIG EAT”

Growing Local’s great community lunch at The Kindle

The Kindle Centre in Hereford are hosting another FREE community cook up and Make Do & Mend session – from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 10 November.

All welcome to join in with cooking up a big feast with Growing Local, to be shared at lunch time, or go along to take part in the Clothes Swap or mending sessions. Bike Repairs also available.

For more info click here.

Win £250 shares in wind energy project!

Grannell Community Energy are pleased to be behind a new Welsh community energy project with a soon to be commissioned wind turbine. Their 500kW Enercon wind turbine will be installed near Cribyn, Lampeter in Spring 2019.

Their mission is to help mid-Wales develop a clean energy future, mitigate climate change by installing renewable energy generation, and to do this in a fair and democratic way by spreading the ownership and benefits across the community rather than concentrated in the hands of the few.

Grannell Community Energy is a Community Benefit Society, meaning that anyone (aged 16+) can become a member by purchasing shares hence become a part-owner of a wind turbine.

They want lots of people, across Wales, across the UK and outside the UK, to buy shares to support the project. By buying shares and becoming a member, you will be helping to mitigate climate change, helping to build a stronger and more resilient community in mid-Wales, plus you will get a fair rate of interest on your shares.

Their share offer is now open and if you apply before 30 November you will be entered into a draw to win £250 worth of shares.

More info here.

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