HGN Meeting & AGM

Join us at Gwynne House, Left Bank, Hereford on Monday 4th December from 5.30pm – 7pm for our AGM and Members Meeting.

As usual at our meetings this will be an opportunity to hear from groups and individuals around the county and find out more about what is going on out there at the grass roots of Herefordshire.  It will also be an opportunity to hear more about the new Get Active project funded by Awards for All, and about new food related projects developing in Herefordshire.

If you have items you would like considered for this meeting please contact Kate asap: kate@hgnetwork.org.

And to see the minutes of our most recent meeting – and of last year’s AGM – please look at the Documents page on the HGN website. Agenda to follow soon.

HGN AGM November 2016


- Stars (0)


Owner: Kate Gathercole

Version: 1.0

Last Updated: 06-11-2017 15:24


HGN Meeting Minutes 20.09.17


- Stars (0)


Owner: Kate Gathercole

Version: 1.0

Last Updated: 06-11-2017 15:13



First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

And here in Herefordshire we have h-Trees! Our own slant on Tree Week, with some fabulous events around the county. From the 24th November to 3rd December 2017 and hosted by Herefordshire Tree Forum, here is the full list of events …


Friday 24th November from 1:30 – 4pm Coppice Woods Walk with Kington Tree Warden Richie Cotterill Visiting local Hazel & Sweet Chestnut Coppice Woods & some of Kington’s Community Orchards. 5 mile walk taking in some fairly rough terrain. Suitable for resilient children and dogs on leads. Bring drinks & snacks; wear sensible clothing FREE – just turn up at Kington Market Place, HR5 3BQ Email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk Tel: 07777 661252 – Facebook: Kington Trees.

Friday 24th November 7:30 – 9pm “Coppicing: the history, biology and utility of an ancient wood harvesting system” presentation by David Lovelace – Countryside Historian: People have worked with trees for thousands of years, co-creating rich & diverse habitats supplying sustainable wood products. The Oxford Arms, Duke Street, Kington HR5 3DR. FREE. well-behaved dogs & children welcome. Coppice products will be on sale by Lewis Goldwater – Turnham Green Email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk Tel: 01544 230322

Saturday 25th November 9.30 – 4pm Tree Week info stall in High Town Hereford. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire Tree Wardens will be available throughout the day to share information on tree related issues & wildlife, h.Trees events and activities and the recently formed Hereford City Branch of the Wildlife Trust.

Saturday 25th November from 5 – 7:30pm. From the ‘Art of the Wood special h.Tree Week exhibition launch at: Made in the Marches Gallery, 12 Church St. Kington, HR5 3AZ With Live Acoustic Music by Richie & Celia – Welsh Waltzs. Tree-themed Drinks & Nibbles with fruity, nutty, squirrelly ingredients! FREE; not suitable for children or pets Tel:07531820195 or 07544368547 madeinthemarchesgallery@gmail.com www.madeinthemarches.com

Sunday 26th November 10-4:30pm Gruffalo’s Child Christmas celebration. A family fun day at Queenswood Country Park HR6 0PY Entry Free, but small charge for Father Christmas’ Grotto and some craft activities. Café on site. Booking not required. For more info ring 01432 530088 or www.herefordshirewt.org/events

Sunday 26th November 10am – 3.30pm Sprucing up Hereford! Volunteers needed to tackle overgrowing vegetation and collect the accumulated litter at the Aldi/Sainsbury’s junction/underpass on Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0AW Meet on the Sainsbury’s side of the underpass on the Great Western Way. Adults only, no dogs. Limited disabled access. Litter picking equipment will be provided but please bring your own gardening and pruning tools as well as gloves. Please wear suitable clothing – sturdy boots, old clothes and waterproofs. You’ll need to bring your own refreshments though cake will be provided! Ideally let me know if you’re coming – Jane Denny tel: 07747 656099 but if not just turn up – we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday 26 November, 2–4 pm Woodland Walk at Moreton Wood, Ullingswick, HR1 3JQ. Free event. Wear warm clothing and strong footwear. Children and dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments round the camp fire at end of walk. Booking preferred but not essential. Contact: jo@moretonwood.co.uk 07920851674 www.moretonwood.co.uk

Sunday 26th November from 3:30–5pm An Ash Dieback Forum at Leominster Community Centre, HR6 8NJ. Free Event. An update on Chalara and developing UK responses. Short presentations followed by a panel discussion with David Griffiths – Woodland Trust – local Chalara update; Jon Stokes – Tree Council – National Strategy? Herefordshire Tree Wardens – H.ASH Monitoring Tony Norman – Ash Replacement Trees (ART) in Pembridge. Why not get involved as a local monitoring volunteer? info@htreewardens.org.uk Tel: 07777 661252 or 01568 780886

Monday 27th November Hereford City digital tree mapping presentation with David Lovelace and Nic Howes. 7-9 pm De Koffee Pot, Left Bank, Hereford HR4 9DG. Funded by Hereford City Council, the city’s trees are being mapped and logged digitally by a growing team of community volunteers . Come along and find out more and how to get involved in this ‘citizen science’ project open to all. For more info 07710715235.

Tuesday 28th November 9:30-12am and 1-3.30pm Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum Walk and Plant Entry £5. Café on site. Clothing appropriate to the weather, including sensible shoes. Booking essential: ring 01432 530088 or go to: www.herefordshirewt.org

Tuesday 28th November from 7:30pm “Heritage Trees of the Welsh Borders” A Herefordshire Wildlife Trust TREE Talk and slide show by Archie Miles, Photographer & Author, at Kington Primary School, HR5 3AL Admission £5 – includes refreshments Children welcome; wheelchair access; no animals. Email: sarahcad@aol.com Tel: 07866 178957 Visit: www.herefordshirewt.org/events/2017/ This event will also announce Brilley’s ‘The Magic of Trees’ Photo Competition Winners.


Friday 1 December, 10 – 12 noon. The Tree Week information stall will be in Leominster with advice and events info from a range of local tree-loving organisations. The Friday Market, Corn Square, Leominster HR6 8YP For more info and offers of help: contact Felicity Norman 01568 780886

Sunday 3rd December from 1:30pm – Dusk “Ancient Trees of Hergest” A Walk & Talk with Rowan Griffiths – Hergest Gardener Catalogue & International Dendrology Society & Richie Cotterill – Kington Tree Warden. Visiting fabulous old trees in Yeld Wood and on Hergest Ridge, Park Wood, Haywood Common and back to Hergest Croft Park. About 6 miles, with some steep or muddy sections. Well behaved dogs and children welcome – bring cake to share! FREE – just turn up at Hergest Croft Visitors Car Park ref. SO 28598 56753. Email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk – Tel: 07777 661252 www.hergest.co.uk

Sunday 3rd December Dinedor Hill Walk ‘n’ Talk with tree expert Jerry Ross and Bartonsham History Group’s Bill Laws. Meet 10.30 start at HARC car park, Fir Tree Lane, Straight Mile, Rotherwas HR2 6LA. Three hours, quite hard ascent to Dinedor (or drive to the Camp – HR2 6LQ and meet us there). Info Bill 07742 825813. Free but donations welcome! http://www.bartonshamhistory.org.uk/

Throughout and beyond Tree Week come and interact with The Biophilic Wishing Tree at Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY Add to the love of life wishing tree and based on your responses to questions you will tie different coloured ribbons to the tree at Queenswood. This event is a New Leaf, h.Energy project run via the Queenswood and Bodenham Lake partnership (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf) to celebrate National Tree Week, the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

Part of the Treeline (New Leaf) artist commissioning program funded by Arts Council England if you want to attend a workshop to add your Biophilic Wishes to the tree please check http://tinyurl.com/y9hv8tju or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-biophilic-wishing-tree-tickets-39287717621


For breaking events, last minute news and more information about these Herefordshire Tree Week activities or Herefordshire Tree Forum please visit www.h‐trees.net

h.Trees week is part of The Tree Council’s National Tree Week: www.treecouncil.org.uk

“An Inconvenient Truth”

Come and see Al Gore’s much acclaimed film about Global Warming at De Koffie Pot on Wednesday 8th November.

‘Described as ‘Powerful, intelligent and surprisingly entertaining’ the film showing will be followed by open discussion – watch then join in with your own views or just relax and listen to others.

Al Gore was US Vice President, Clinton Administration 1993-2001. Following his defeat in the 2001 presidential elections he devoted his time to researching Global Warming producing this film in 2006. His 2017 sequel will be shown early next year…. 

Upstairs in DKP 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. and discussions may continue, DKP closes at 11 pm!

Come early – drinks and food are available at the bar downstairs.

This is one of the Discussion Evenings on the themes of Politics, Ethics, Environment held every Wednesday at DKP.

A Call Out for Repairers

Members of HGN are currently working with the Kindle Centre in Hereford to put together a Mid-Winter Make Do & Mend event for the 9th December. As part of this event we are hosting a Repair Cafe.

We are hoping that we will be able to establish a regular Repair Cafe at the Kindle Centre over coming months, and would really value some additional HGN support to get it started. Liz and Phil Hughes – who have long experience of running a very successful Repair Cafe in Southampton – have very kindly said that they are keen to help. So this is also an opportunity if you would like to find out more about how a Repair Cafe is run in order to try it out in your own community.

If any of you have volunteered in h.Energy or other Repair Cafes in the past, or if you have repair skills you would be happy to share and you would be interested to get involved in this event – please contact kate@hgnetwork.org. 

Thank you!


Local Currency for Herefordshire?

 A few of us are devising an HGN Gathering considering the questions & opportunities of a local currency for the county:

Wednesday 15th November, HGN Gathering on Local Currency:  An evolution towards Contact .. vs becoming Contactless

Local money doesn’t leak through the holes ­ it bounces around inside the local economy and keeps money in local pockets. Money is energy ­ keeping that energy local keeps it supporting the local community, not swelling a banker’s coffers. Money is our transaction – a communication, and we want that communication to be real…

If you would like to be part of the team planning the way this event might evolve, please get in touch!

Questions we aim to consider over the course of the evening include:

  • How does a local currency work for individuals ­ and for local businesses?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the challenges?
  • Can we make a local currency electronicŠ ?
  • What would be our next steps towards making this happen?


We hope to have expert input from Bristol, Totnes and HerefordshireŠ.  Hear how others have made a local currency work – and help think about how it could work for us here.

And if you think you have anything to add to the evening – please let us know… Contact kate@hgnetwork.org


Wednesday 15th November, 7.30pm at De Koffie Pot.
Hosted by Herefordshire Green Network in collaboration with A Rule of Tum.

REFILL .. please?

There is an initiative called REFILL operating in several towns. It signs up cafes, restaurants and businesses to provide free refills of tap water to anyone who comes in with a plastic bottle. see http://www.refill.org.uk/about-refill/.

Members of HGN would be keen to see this happening in Hereford – and Rob Palsgrave has approached H&W Chamber of Commerce to see if they would consider supporting a scheme. So far he has had no response.

We have also talked a fair bit recently about more general local initiatives to curb plastic usage. Would any of you like to jump in and help push this? Either by helping organise an HGN Gathering on the theme of reducing plastics – or by supping the work that Rob is doing to bring REFILL into the county. Please let me know if you are interested: kate@hgnetwork.org



Amazing Immersive Energy..

The ‘Great Energy Escape’ immersive energy system balancing game for children and families launches at Manchester Science Festival 2017 this week.

On Wednesday 25th October 2017, Carbon Coop and Energy Democracy Greater Manchester[1] launched a brand new, family-friendly immersive game, The Great Energy Escape, premiering at Manchester Museum as part of Manchester Science Festival 2017[2].

Families race against the clock to save the day, rebooting Greater Manchester’s energy network and transforming it in to a re-balanced, clean system in a immersive experience which is fun, involving and educational.

Set within a fictional Greater Manchester Energy System Control Centre, the game features actors, video game interaction, tests of logic, problem solving, ingenuity and a large scale, interactive game to refigure Manchester’s energy to make it cleaner, more stable and more affordable.

Commenting on the games launch, Laura Williams from Carbon Coop said:

Players take on the role of today’s energy experts in a race against time to avoid black outs, stop runaway climate change and keep the whole system in balance. If younger people are going to meet these challenges head on, we hope being given the opportunity to learn about these issues through a fun and immersive game will be the perfect way to introduce the topic and enthuse any future energy scientists and engineers.’.

At the heart of the Great Energy Escape, participants must work together to re-order the city’s notional energy system, using game counters to represent different forms of energy such as wind and coal, and different technologies such as smart grids and smart grids.

Working in turn through the ‘energy trilemma’ they must first ensure the city region generates sufficient power, secondly that costs are kept affordable and thirdly that carbon emission targets are met. Players find that the task is made easier with special pieces such as smart grids, battery storage and energy efficiency.

The game was launched by Councillor Ageliki Stogia who represents the Whalley Range ward of Manchester City Council, she says:
As a Local Authority we face great challenges in assisting with the adaptation of our city’s future energy system, making sure our energy is clean, keeps the lights on whilst being affordable and tackling issues such as fuel poverty. Initiatives such as the Great Energy Escape help citizens understand these huge challenges and will enable them to assist us in making those big decisions that lie ahead.

The game has been designed in collaboration with Manchester based creatives [3], BAFTA-winning creative technologist and digital artist Dan Hett, performer and script writer Natasha Hodgson, urban design consultancy URBED and designers M3 Industries. Carbon Co-op have overseen project development and the technical energy system content of the game.

The game runs until Sunday 29th October 2017, the Great Energy Escape is supported by Electricity North West, Lush Cosmetics and the Seedbed Trust.

You can find out more – https://carbon.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=45ed628c24cae56a154d59454&id=26e049c42c&e=acf2b8343c


Though the run at the Science Festival is completely sold out, Carbon Co-op plan to tour the game to new cities and educational institutes and are currently seeking partner organisations to facilitate this…. does anyone out there in Herefordshire have ideas about how we can support this and bring it our way?


Sunset Markets

Calling all Growers, Makers, Artists, Creators – and also all you Movers & Shakers out there in the Herefordshire Green Network ..

The Sunset Market at De Koffie Pot now takes place weekly on a Wednesday afternoon. DKP are experimenting with putting the market inside over the winter months – and certainly hope to run it right up to and including Christmas Markets.

This is a fabulous opportunity to spread the word about local produce and activities to members of the public, and to fund raise for your organisations – particularly in the run up to Christmas.

If you would be interested to book a (free) market stall please contact Sophie Higgins at De Koffie Pot (enquiries@herefordleftbank.com).

Please also spread word about the markets to friends and colleagues in Hereford. The intention with the Sunset Market longer term is that it will become a regular stop off point en route home from school and work for people looking for fresh and innovative local produce.

For more information see: www.HerefordLeftBank.com


1 49 50 51 52 53 66