Vision of community market garden for Hereford

Growing Local is gradually progressing its vision of a Community Market Garden for Hereford, and is holding its first PUBLIC MEETING about the scheme, in early January.

Growing Local would love to hear from HGN members, about any of the following:

• Do you believe this is the right development for Hereford? 

• Let us know if you might be interested in becoming a member of the scheme, for example by subscribing to receive weekly fruit and vegetables and/or offering volunteer time to the project. 

• Get in touch if you might be interested in driving the project forward in any way.  We need a dedicated team of people to make this happen! 

• Let us know if you have up to ten acres of land for sale or lease close to Hereford city that would be suitable for the scheme, or if you know of any landowners who might be able to help. 

• Please share with us your thoughts and ideas as we move forward, and of course come along to the public meeting on Wednesday 8 Jan, 7pm at the Kindle Centre, Hereford.

To discuss further please contact Pat on 07813 622890 or email info@growinglocal.org.uk

HGN: 2020 and beyond

At next week’s Herefordshire Green Network AGM on Wednesday 4 December, members will be invited to be part of a people’s assembly to discuss the question:

  • What do members need and want from HGN over the next three years?

The question is vital as we enter the next decade in the shadow of the climate and ecological emergency. What is the function of an environmental network in these times? What should our priorities be? How can the network better serve its members? And how can members both use and contribute to it most effectively?

We very much hope that as many members as possible will will join us to practice democracy in action, and help shape the network’s priorities for the immediate future.

The AGM takes place on Wednesday 4 December at 5.30pm at Left Bank Village, Hereford. The formal business should take no more than 10-15 minutes, and will be followed by the people’s assembly. Afterwards, we will hasten down to the bar for a few early festive drinks!

Queenswood job opportunity

New Leaf is looking for someone to deliver phase 1 of the new Sustainability Centre at Queenswood Country Park. If you are passionate and informed about sustainable development and have a flair for design and public engagement, please see the job description below, and send your application to :wendy@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk by 12pm on Monday 16th December.

Sustainability Centre Project Officer – Queenswood & Bodenham Lake

Contract status:        Self-employed 

Contract title:            QueenswoodSustainability Centre – Phase 1 

Contract manager:    QWBL Sustainability Lead 

Timescale:                 Starting in Jan 2020, based on 1.5 days/week over 6 months (max), to be delivered flexibly as required (with the possibility of extension if further funding is secured). 

Salary:                        39 days @ £120 per day 

Location:                    Flexible – home working and Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, nr. Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0PY. (Office space is available but contractor must use own IT equipment).

Application process:

Please send your C.V. together with a covering letter saying what you can bring and how you think the Sustainability Centre can support delivery of the QWBL vision to: wendy@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk by 12pm on Monday 16 December.

We are happy to receive applications from people at the start of their careers who can give us confidence that they can meet our requirements.

Main contract outputs and deliverables:

  • Lead on planning and delivering Phase 1 of the Sustainability Centre at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum with the aim to set up the Sustainability Centre and increase visitor numbers and enrich the visitor experience at both sites in line with the QWBL Partnership Vision (https://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/about/our-vision), working with the QWBL Sustainability Lead (QWBL SL)) and the New Leaf Sustainable Development Ltd (NL) and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) partnership 
  • Design, procure and install sustainability information and displays in the Sustainability Centre Work (in conjunction with the QWBL Sustainability Lead (QWBL SL))
  • Deliver Sustainable Development open days (no c6), workshops (no c6) and pop up events (no c6) 
  • Procure and install sustainably sourced signage
  • Create links with local businesses in support of showcasing their sustainable products at pop-up events and provision of financial support for the Sustainability Centre where possible
  • Develop a network of volunteers who can support the promotion of the Sustainability Centre and engage with the public at open days
  • Providesimple progress reports and funding plans for the Sustainability Centre
  • Retain records of expenditure against grants and information to support end of grant reporting  

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone who is passionate and informed about sustainable development with a:

  • flair for design exciting and engaging interpretation material, exhibitions and displays
  • experience in managing small projects
  • ability to make links with local businesses in professional manner
  • ability to recruiting and managing volunteers
  • high level of initiative and collaborative working skills
  • flexible approach in order to deliver to project deadlines, including some weekend working to support pop up events

Conduct addendum

  • Ensure that New Leaf contractual rules and/or legislation are applied appropriately and ensure invoices for any procured services are prepared within reasonable time constraints
  • Work in line with all New Leaf Policies and the QWBL Health and Safety policy
  •  In all contacts the post holder will be required to present a positive image of the Queenswood & Bodenham Lake Partnership, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf Sustainable Development Ltd, as well as maintaining constructive relationships with other organisations and individuals
  • If contact with children or vulnerable adults is expected the Consultant and any sub-contractors will be expected to undertake Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.  

Seed swap date for your 2020 diary

The 12th annual Hereford Seed Swap will be held on Saturday 1st February 2020 from 10am to 2pm, at The Courtyard, Hereford.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned gardener, come along and swap seeds, plants and tips. Don’t worry if you have nothing to swap, you can still join in and take home some seeds or plants.  Cash contributions gratefully received.

For the second year, seed potatoes will be available – 15 varieties, mainly organic, which can be bought individually.

Are your tools in need of a good sharpening?  Then bring them along for a service. Do you have unwanted and/or broken tools that need a good home?  Then bring them along. The Tools for Self Reliance charity will be collecting old tools, as well as selling a wide range of refurbished tools.

At 11.30am, Sue Maberley will give a talk on Unusual Ways to Grow Vegetables. Sue grows her veg at Nant y Bedd gardens, 1200 feet up in the Black Mountains.

Entry is free; food and drinks available at The Courtyard cafe and bar. 

Manifesto snifters

Here’s something a bit different: De Koffie Pot is hosting a GE2019: blind tasting of manifestos on Wednesday 4 December, organised by Talk Shop’s indefatigable Perry Walker.

Many people’s attitudes to policies depend on which party is proposing them. But what if we don’t know which party is behind a proposal? That’s like tasting a wine blind, not knowing from which vineyard it comes, judging it on its merits. Come along and exercise your taste buds!

HGN AGM and festive drinks

Herefordshire Green Network members are reminded that our AGM takes place on Wednesday 4 December at 5.30pm at Left Bank Village, Hereford.

The formal business (which should take no more than about 10 minutes) will be followed by a people’s assembly to discuss the question:

  • What do members need and want from HGN over the next three years?

We very much hope that as many members as possible will will join us to practice democracy in action, and help shape the network’s priorities for the immediate future.

Afterwards, we will repair to the bar for festive drinks and green cheer!

How to grill your election candidates…

We’re not suggesting that you light up your barbecue… although you might be tempted at times!

Here are some suggestions that local XR activists have put together for possible questions about climate change, to be used at elections hustings. Together, let’s make this the climate election.

  • Do you accept that to tackle flooding in Herefordshire we have to commit expenditure from central government now because we are in an emergency situation?
  • If you are elected will you commit to supporting the XR Three Demands Bill in the next parliament?
  • What will you do about the large British oil & gas companies that have to change the fundamentals of their business for the UK to get to zero carbon?
  • Should Boris Johnson take part in the TV debate on the climate emergency with the other Parties?
  • How would you go about reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere?
  • Will you commit to ensuring we can plant a million trees in Herefordshire?
  • Given that Parliament and Herefordshire Council have now declared a Climate Emergency, what steps do you plan to take to make all the new housing going up all over the county carbon neutral?
  • A warming planet will lead to increasing instances of flooding in Herefordshire, leading in turn to crop failures, further soil erosion and human displacement.  What measures will your party take to mitigate these?
  • What are you personally doing on the issue of Climate Change, outside of your political work?
  • House and major roads development are leading to more and more habitat loss, thereby depleting our wildlife.  What measures do you plan to take to reverse these declines?
  • With the Climate emergency becoming ever more real and immediate, legally binding and immediate legislation is needed to protect our environment.  What do you propose?
  • How would your party support the hundreds of local councils who have declared a climate emergency (including Herefordshire) to meet their ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030?
  • What will your party do to ensure people living in rural areas who can’t afford an electric car will be able to travel once diesel and petrol cars are banned?
  • Parliament has declared a climate emergency, but government has not. Will your party work to have the next government declare a climate and ecological emergency by the end of 2020, having consulted with the people through a Citizens Assembly?
  • Parliament is organizing a Citizens’ Assembly on climate change, but this is advisory and not binding on government. Will your party change the Assembly’s terms of reference so that its recommendations are binding?
  • To get to zero carbon, very significant changes will be needed to the economy and to society. For example, some traditional industries will become redundant putting people out of a job, and the UK will have to become much more self reliant in food production.  What plans does your party have to deal with such issues?
  • Much of the migration from the Global South into Europe is a result of climate change. How will your party help other countries deal with the effects of climate change so that fewer people feel the need to seek refuge from rising temperatures and food shortages and are driven to migrate to the UK?
  • How much money will your party commit to spend on dealing with climate chaos between now and 2030?
  • Will your party work with other parties in a government of national unity to address the climate emergency?
  • What will your party do to cap and reduce the emissions from aviation?
  • How will your party transform road transport, including road building and maintenance, so that it is zero carbon?
  • The NFU has an ambition for UK agriculture to make a net-zero contribution to climate change by 2040. What policies will your party put into effect to ensure this happens, and what can be done to bring forward that date? How will such policies also reverse biodiversity loss?
  • Parties have made pledges to have full-fibre broadband available to every UK home and business by 2025 and 2030, i.e. 20 to 25 years earlier than the UK currently intends to reach carbon neutrality.  The climate emergency represents an existential threat and requires government to urgently mobilise to make the UK carbon neutral before the end of the next decade. Will your party commit to this?
  • Action to slow climate change by reducing emissions is essential, but will not prevent the UK being increasingly affected by the consequences of global warming, such as flooding, heat waves and poor air quality. How will your party prepare society for this changing world?
  • To limit the damage from global warming, the UK cannot act alone. It is in our self-interest to ensure other countries follow a path to achieve zero carbon in the next decade. What would your party do in government to get the international community to take faster more effective action?
  • When would your party mandate all new homes in the UK are zero carbon?

Election hustings at the Left Bank

On Wednesday 27 November, Left Bank Village is holding a hustings evening. All four candidates for the Hereford and South Herefordshire constituency will take part: Anna Coda (Labour), Lucy Hurds (Lib Dem), Jesse Norman (Conservative) and Diana Toynbee (Green Party).

It will be a Radio 4 Any Questions? format; former Bishop of Hereford, Anthony Priddis has agreed to be the chair.

This is a great opportunity to listen to the December 12 standing candidates respond to what will undoubtedly be a wide range of questions – and for you to submit a question*! Audience questions to info@herefordleftbank.com.

Doors  open at 7pm for 8pm start. Organised by Left Bank, Nat Waring, Alan Adams.

* Some possible questions, put together by local Extinction Rebellion activists, follow in a separate post.

Please note: Herefordshire Housing evening postponed.

Zero Carbon Leominster: the story continues

A reminder that Transition Leominster’s  Zero Carbon Leominster working groups are meeting on Wednesday 27th November, 7pm at Leominster Community Centre.

We have been holding meetings all summer and now our project groups are taking shape. Come and join us and be part of our zero carbon Leominster story.

Tune in to Herefordshire Tree Week

Herefordshire Tree Week launches next Friday (22 November) with an evening of music in the lovely environment of The Marches Gallery in Kington.

Live acoustic music will be provided by young folk band Galivant, and violinist Kat Moore. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle to raise money for the Veteran Black Poplar Restoration Fund.

The event runs from 6-8.30pm.

Full details of the Herefordshire Tree Week programme can be found on the website https://h-trees.net

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