The Great Collaboration brings Herefordshire one step closer to a zero carbon future.

The first workshops of The Great Collaboration: Leading to a Zero Carbon Herefordshire are well under way with over 45 councillors engaged so far.

Herefordshire’s Green Networks new initiative, in collaboration with Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC), is working with councillors across Herefordshire to identify opportunities arising from Herefordshire County Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency.

Workshops focus on carbon cutting and community engagement across four key areas: energy generation, transport, building and agriculture.  Councillors have the opportunity to discuss these areas with experts and facilitators, swapping ideas and generating action plans that are unique to the challenges of their local area.

From local car share schemes and retrofitting buildings to community energy generation and tree planting projects, the solutions are out there, and our councillors are showing the ambition to make Zero Carbon Herefordshire a reality.

So far successful workshops have been held in Kington, Hereford and Bromyard with further workshops in Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Leominster planned for the New Year. If you would like to participate, or would like further information about the project, contact Connie Orbach: events@hgnetwork.org.

CORE STRATEGY FOR HOUSING

“We are what we build!”

A chance to explore housing issues in Herefordshire in anticipation of the Core Strategy review.

Two guest speakers from Herefordshire Council will report on the work they have been doing on self-build and addressing homelessness.

Please come and bring your thoughts and suggestions for input. The evening has been organised by Nancy Winfield from the Herefordshire Centre for Community Led Housing.

Join the discussions – 7.30pm, Wednesday 11th November, Left Bank Village, Hereford.

Building a greener generation

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust has long been at the forefront of outdoor play with our long-running WildPlay programme bringing pond dipping, mud kitchens and camp fires to generations of children in communities across Herefordshire. 

However, in the last four generations, children have become increasingly, arguably dangerously, disconnected from nature. Recent national studies found that the average child spends just four hours a week outdoors – and this is not even in wild spaces. 

We have launched the Greener Generation appeal to raise £5,000 to deliver a new programme of environmental educational activities across the county. 

With the money we raise from this appeal we will run ten, full day activity sessions, open to children aged between five and eleven years on our Nature Reserves. An additional six sessions will be at festivals, county shows and large community events across the county.  The £5,000 we hope to raise will cover employing trained, professional staff to run the sessions and all the equipment the activities call for such as pond dipping nets, magnifying glasses and educational resources.

How you can help

Anything you can give towards this appeal would be very gratefully received, but, as a suggestion:

  • £17 could buy a pond dipping net to introduce children to the wonders of pond life!
  • £60 could buy a pair of junior binoculars which might just give a child the birding bug for life.
  • £300 could fund staff and volunteers to deliver a session at one of our nature reserves.

We have so far raised £2,320.46 of our £5,000 target – please help us to hit it so we can plan these sessions for Spring 2020!

Go to: https://www.herefordshirewt.org/greenergeneration

Hereford Civic Society – December meeting

MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF CARBON DESCENT 

Leading by example and the opportunities for genuinely sustainable housing in Herefordshire

A presentation by Elly Deacon-Smith and Matt Hayes, who have recently set up on their own having worked for celebrated local architects Archetype, and are already recognised as leaders in the field of Passivhaus design.

Thursday 12 December; refreshments available from 7pm. At the Kindle Centre, next to ASDA, HR2 7JE.

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!

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