At Queenswood Country Park the New Leaf Sustainable Development team (with help from partners Herefordshire Wildlife Trust) are busy imagining the possibility of a new Sustainability Education Centre for Herefordshire.
By making information about personal and community activity accessible to all, New Leaf’s plans would support the recent aspiration of Herefordshire Council to take Herefordshire’s carbon emissions to zero by 2030.
Plans include a variety of resources and approaches that would be accessible to a broad range of people. The centre itself would be complemented by on site examples of (eg.) energy generation and compost toilets.
Please click on the link below for more information about New Leaf’s plans and to let them know what else you think should be made available at the Centre.
The survey will take 5 minutes of your time and New Leaf will be eternally grateful. They would be even more grateful if you could forward the survey link on to your local group, family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, all and sundry…
Around the world climate change is becoming ever more the centre of discussion. We’re seeing the response of the younger generations, who are unsatisfied with the actions, or lack of, from current world leaders.
At SWM we believe it’s essential that young voices are heard. We reserve space on our board for a ‘Young Director’ and introduced this position three years ago. We have since worked with hugely successful and dedicated individuals such as Ruth Corral and Matt Beveridge, who has just finished his time as our second Young Director. We are very pleased to announce that we have this week recruited our third Young Director, Christopher Brown. Christopher is Energy and Active Travel Officer at Herefordshire Council and will a fresh perspective on governance at SWM.
We also provide opportunities for to students to work alongside us, developing their skills and understanding as well as their passion for sustainability. This is a route I chose, starting with volunteering and subsequently securing my full-time position of Sustainability Adviser. I am now helping to develop our visions and goals by updating our Roadmap and spreading our message and reach as far as possible.
Read our full comment and learn about other opportunities for young people in the West Midlands as well as some of the inspiring individuals and campaigns that have driven action.
Tom Hendy, Sustainability Adviser, on behalf of the SWM Team
This event has been organised by the Hereford Civic Society. It would be great to have people present asking questions on sustainability and pushing for the changes that need to be made in light of the Climate Emergency declaration made last month. Below are the details!
Candidates’ visions for Hereford in 15 years time Chaired by John Bothamley, CBE Taking place at Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Hereford campus, Folly Lane, Hereford on Thursday 11 April 2019 Arrivals from 6.45pm, for a 7pm start, and a 8.30pm close What plans do our political candidates have for Hereford’s built environment if they are elected in May 2019? The Hereford University Centre and the Hereford Civic Society will bring a lively structured Pecha Kucha meeting with all parties invited. Each candidate will be able to show five slides in a five-minute presentation. It will be a unique opportunity seeing politicians held to time, respectfully questioned and, hopefully, showing off some deliverable visions for Hereford. During this year, Place magazine has been highlighting concerns the Hereford Civic Society has about piecemeal development, and the apparent omission of an overall master plan. The Society’s aims include promoting high standards of design as well as preserving the best of our historic buildings. The candidates will be explaining their approach to highway design, their vision for the City and just where they would like to see new developments. At the evening’s lecture there will be the Conservative, Green, It’s our County, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties. This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP by Thursday 4 April to e. studentHUB@hlcollege.ac.uk t. 0800 032 1986
We at Transition Network are proud to be involved in CTRLshift, we believe that Transition is a key part of the jigsaw to creating a new and better UK, be great to see you there.
CTRLshift seeks to catalyse a network of change-making organisations, networks, and independent practitioners, creating a movement for positive social, economic and environmental change. We are developing a shared agenda to shift power over our democracy, economy and environment to people and communities across Britain.
CTRLshift: An Emergency Summit for Change 2 will take place this year in Stoke on Trent over 8-10 May 2019.
We are developing a shared agenda to shift power over our democracy, economy and environment to people and communities across Britain.
Join change makers from across economy, land, social justice and environmental sectors for the second annual summit.
CTRLshift collaborators include Permaculture Association, Shared Assets, Transition Network, Happy Museums, Totnes Reconomy Project, The Alternative UK, Democracy Collaborative, Co-operatives UK, Shared Futures CIC, Preston Cooperative Development Network, Schumacher Institute, Ethical Consumer, Middleport Environment Charity, Losing Control, United Diversity, Stir to Action, CLES and Counter Coin.
Over the two days of the event, the programme will include:
1. Solutions Sessions – workshops sharing latest work and practice across sectors from our partners and other collaborators in the event.
2. Thematic Sessions – exploring key themes within groups (Economy, Environment, Democracy) leading to facilitated sessions that explore deeper collaboration – using Stoke as a context and example to test our ideas and ground them in the reality of a real place. What would it look like if we put it all together in Stoke? With groups from Stoke.
3. Networking & Co-Working Sessions – time to foster new connections and cross sector collaboration – day 1 more organised; day 2, self-organised
4. Strategy Sessions – Where next for CTRLshift – invitation to get involved, funding, plans for events, working groups, how to get involved as partner, linking to parallel initiatives.
Can I believe there is a heavenlier world than this? And if there is Will the heart of any everlasting thing Bring me these dreams that take my breath away? They come at evening with the home-flying rooks and the scent of hay, Over the fields. They come in spring.
Ross-on-Wye is situated on the beautiful River Wye, surrounded by verdant green spaces and is the only market town in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We want to keep it that way and help others to do the same. So we’re inviting stallholders whose core business and values focus on one or more of the following: ·
Nurture Nature: provide education, activities and/or information to children and adults to create or enhance sustainable natural habitats using Nature’s patterns and designs in Ross-on-Wye and the HR9 area ·
Inspire: deliver activities, talks or publish media that inspire children and adults to make a heartfelt connection to wildlife, the outdoors and/or live a greener lifestyle ·
Climate Change: deliver education or information to children and adults that have a positive impact on reducing our carbon footprint and create cleaner, greener environments.
Refuse, eg. single use plastic
Repurpose, eg. bicycles
Reduce fossil fuel use
Reduce car use
Reduce meat intake
Don’t buy food that comes from intensive agriculture or farming practices
Plant trees and grow your own fruit & vegetables
Walk or cycle
Pick up litter.
Ethical: sell hand-made items that are sourced or made from natural and/or recycled materials
When: Sunday 22nd September 2019
Where: Next to the River Wye
Want a stall? If you or your organisation want to have a stall at this year’s Festival, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your (or your organisation’s) values, or post your interest on the HedgehogFestival Facebook page @festivalhog or on theGreenRoss Network Facebook page @GreenRossNetwork There is no charge for a pitch but we do ask that you donate a ‘gift’ to be included in a tombola. Detailed Stall holder Instructions are sent to you only when it is confirmed you have a 3m x 3m pitch at the Festival.
Over the past five years, the Hedgehog Festival in Ross-on-Wye has been successfully delivering art- and nature based education to primary schools as well as organising a well attended annual celebration each September. Building on that good practice and keeping in line with current global developments, the Hedgehog Festival has joined forces with the GreenRoss Network and agreed to deliver a joint ‘Green Hedgehog Festival’. This is an exciting development and we want you to be part of it. If you want more information on GreenRoss, there is an active GreenRoss Network, website (http://www.playross.com/green.html) and a facebook page (@Greenross). We look forward to hearing from you.
Germany, already more ambitious than other countries in its goal to have 65% of its electricity come from renewable sources, is already surpassing that aim by almost 10% . As it stands, the percentage is 72.4% and will only go up! Read more about this here!