HGN supports new film festival at Courtyard

Wilderland is a brand new film festival bringing important, breathtaking stories from the natural world to the big screen, made by independent filmmakers from around the globe.

These ground-breaking short films will offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, from snow leopards to orangutans to humpback whales.

Hereford Green Network will be hosting a Meet & Greet after the show with Wilderland founders Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice on The Courtyard’s Mezzanine. Come along and chat about the themes of this year’s films with Dan, Isaac and each other.

For entry to the Meet & Greet please quote: GREENGIANT at the point of booking. Box office 01432 340555.

Paul Allen talk – extras!

As detailed in our previous post, Paul Allen, from the Centre of Alternative technology, will be in Hereford on 1 October to deliver two talks. The first (an extra!), is from 12.15-13.00 at Hereford College of Arts. The second is at 7pm (for 7.30) at St John’s Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford, hosted by the Millichap Peace Fund.

The Fund has very kindly offered HGN a table in the entrance hall of the church for us to use to promote the activities of our members. So please use this opportunity to bring publicity materials with you, promoting upcoming events or the work you are doing. The table will be set up from 6.30pm. Any questions, email Kate Bull on admin@hgnetwork.org.

URGENT responses needed for major climate fund bid

The newly formed Herefordshire Climate Action Partnership needs information from as many members of HGN as possible, in support of a major funding bid that they are hoping to make to the Lottery Climate Action Fund. Responses are URGENT! Read on…

Do you want to be part of our county wide Lottery Climate Action Fund bid? New Leaf Sustainable Development and the Herefordshire Green Network are working with partners from Herefordshire Council, Extinction Rebellion and Brightspace to submit a major funding bid to deliver community-led climate action across Herefordshire. We want to engage with a wide range of partners and need to submit an early outline which details what is taking place already, along with exciting potential future actions. So add your details by filling in our questionnaire – and be part of making a better future for Herefordshire!

There is a tight deadline for responses – but there will be chances to develop ideas later. Please complete the short survey using the link below, before Wednesday 2nd October!


Zero Carbon Britain: a climate emergency action plan

Paul Allen – external relations officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology and project leader for Zero Carbon Britain – is coming to Hereford next Tuesday to talk about the challenges posed by climate change and the solutions available today.

Rather than zero carbon being an unresolved technical challenge, it is increasingly accepted that we must overcome a mix of political, cultural and psychological barriers to get there. Allen will show how we can rapidly reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions to net zero using current technology, at the speed demanded by climate science; and how we can do this while maintaining a modern standard of living, and meeting our energy demand at all times with 100% renewable UK energy sources.

The talk is at St John’s Methodist Church, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR, on Tuesday 1 October, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Free admission – donations welcome. This is a Millichap Peace Fund talk.

This Sunday – The Green Hedgehog Festival, Ross-on-Wye

Head down to the meadow next to the Hope and Anchor pub this Sunday for Ross-on-Wye’s Green Hedgehog Festival. Herefordshire Green Network will be there in collaboration with The Big Skill doing craft workshops and bike check-ups alongside a whole host of other stalls and organisations.

County to get new Sustainability Centre at Queenswood

The Queenswood Managing Partnership, New Leaf Sustainable Development and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust have been awarded funds from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Herefordshire Community Fund to start Phase 1 of the project to host a Sustainability Centre at Queenswood, the Green Heart of Herefordshire.

Phase 1 funding will pay for the development and creation of exhibitions and educational sessions about how to live more sustainably, workshops and a hub where people can meet, access information and gain knowledge that can be shared with communities across the county.

Wendy Ogden, the Queenswood Sustainability Lead, said: “We were delighted by the enthusiastic response to our online survey about what people would like to see at the Sustainability Centre and we plan to incorporate the issues that meant most to our survey respondents: how we can live within our means in a culture of growth; eliminating single use plastics from our lives; creating wildlife habitats; and wildlife friendly gardening. 

We are looking forward to providing information and resources to inform people about global sustainability issues, along with information about how they can make a difference here in Herefordshire. Thank you to everyone who plays The National Lottery and to the Glencora Fund via the Herefordshire Community Fund for supporting us.”

Work will begin straight away on equipping the Jubilee Building to host the Sustainability Centre and preparing information and resources, with more work planned for the new year having secured the small amount still needed to complete Phase 1. Future plans include online resources and developing links with Herefordshire schools and colleges.

If you are interested in being involved with the project, either as a volunteer or workshop provider or wish to donate to help us reach our Phase 1 target please email wendy@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk

Spoons, fungus and charcoal = autumn fun

This autumn, Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum is running a series of workshops focused on nature and craft. First up, on 12 October Tim Kaye will be running a spoon carving workshop. Learn the basics of green woodworking and master the axe, knife and crook knife, working in a sheltered spot within the woodland.

On 3 November, the Herefordshire Fungus Survey group will lead you on journey into the fungal kingdom. You will forage around the beautiful surroundings of Queenswood with their help and then, after lunch, discuss the finds and learn more about mushrooms. 

Finally, we are joined by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s artist-in-residence Richard Bavin who will run a new workshop: The Textures of Trees – Exploring with hands & charcoal! (Wednesday 27 November). This is a hands-on workshop where, working at a scale much bigger than life size, we will use charcoal to find ways to convey the shapes and textures of our forest treasures.

Fore more details and to book places, please go to: www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org

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: www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/heritageopenday

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: wardrobewalls02@hotmail.com

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: http://www.ryce.org.uk/contact-us/

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 perryw@talkshopuk.org with your questions and suggestions.

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