The first workshops of The Great Collaboration: Leading to a Zero Carbon Herefordshire are well under way with over 45 councillors engaged so far.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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!
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 :email@example.com 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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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!