Engagement Officer at Queenswood & Bodenham Lake

A new opportunity to work with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf Sustainable Development at the lovely Queenswood & Bodenham Lake sites has come available. This is a fabulous chance for someone with an interest to develop and implement workshops across themes of sustainable development, nature play and environmental education. For more information click here.

Can we feed 9 billion people sustainably?

Join Richard Priestley for an inspiring evening of talks, slides and discussions as we chew over questions like ‘Why do some people go hungry?’ ‘What are the environmental impacts of different farming systems?’ ‘Would it help if we all went vegetarian or vegan?’ ‘Is permaculture the answer?’

With Food & Farming as the focus, this session with cover farming approaches from permaculture to hydroponics, and pasture fed to vegan farming systems. Richard will demonstrate a number of very different approaches to farming that are nevertheless exemplars of great but diverse ways to feed humanity.

Wednesday 12th July, 7.30pm, De Koffie Pot, Left Bank, Hereford, HR4 9DG.

This is part of the Politics, Environment & Ethics series on Wednesday evenings at De Koffie Pot. All events are free and open to everyone.

More details from Richard’s website here.

And more details on all of our events can be found on the HGN Calendar, here.

Making Tomorrow Today

Our next HGN Gathering is an opportunity to find out about hands-on opportunities to involve yourself in some local feel-good energy saving action. 
New Leaf Sustainable Development will be sharing information about their current projects and inviting skill sharing and up-beat idea development from us all as we look forward to local events and other varied ecologically focused activities based in and around Herefordshire over the coming months.
New Leaf is a local not for profit cooperative that has been working in Herefordshire since 2010. They are well known for their involvement in a number of significant projects, including the annual h.Energy festival and the Re-Energizing Herefordshire Charter.
Grab a drink, bring a friend, come and share your ideas and get involved.
Wednesday 19th July, De Koffie Pot, Left Bank, Hereford HR4 9DG.

On the Buses

Our HGN Gathering on Wednesday 20th September is going to take us on a journey through our community transport needs.

Alongside other bus specialists and enthusiasts we will be joined by Anna Heywood of the Hay Ho Community Bus. Find out how have some communities have managed to save their local bus service or put together a viable community-run bus.

Together we’ll map out some of the triumphs, challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of our county’s rural transport services…


The Beautiful Burial Ground Questionnaire

Caring for God’s Acre is the national charity for the conservation of burial grounds.
They are currently developing a project which encourages and supports people to survey the nature in, and the local history of, burial grounds. This is in partnership with many organisations using existing systems such as the Historic Environment Records, Church Heritage Record and Church Heritage Cymru.
Burial grounds come in all shapes and sizes including church or chapel yards, cemeteries, green burial sites, and include all faiths and none. And there are some beautiful examples in rural Herefordshire, including the lovely Humber Woodland of Remembrance. 

Innovate Malvern

Malvern’s new hands-on alfresco science event features our own Gordon Coppock with his Watts Up With Your Energy bikes. Join him and others for a fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

The event is free to attend, and picnickers are welcome.

Saturday 1st July, Priory Park, Great Malvern

More information here.


#InnovateMalvern #ScienceInPark

Pomona Solar business units for hire

2 business units at the site where Pomona Community Solar is based have come available for rent.
Business facilities that can have a large proportion of their energy supplied directly by locally generated energy are very rare in this region, plus the locally community owned CoOperative directly supports the local businesses by guaranteeing to provide electricity at a rate per unit  that is lower than the available retail rate for the next 20 years.
They are in a wonderful rural location that is well placed on the Hereford -Ledbury main ‘A’ road.
For more details about the units please follow these links:

Or if you are interested to hear more about the solar electricity generation at Glebe Farm and how that works please contact Pomona Solar.

Europe’s Real-Time Electricity Emissions

This open source project visualises the emissions of electricity generation across Europe along with the potential for renewable energy.

By playing around with the tool available on the website you can discover how wind and solar power have already become a significant part of the energy mix in most European countries.

More details here.

This is showing the great improvements being acheived in the carbon footprint of the electricity we use. Just a few years ago in the UK the average was over 500gCO2eq/kWh.
Note that the values used to reflect the carbon footprint of electricity generated by Nuclear power are still not agreed worldwide, and the figures used on this of only 12g may be too low.
For further info contact Gordon Coppock at gordon.coppock@physics.org

Richard Priestley’s blog

For those of you who haven’t yet looked in on Richard’s blogs they seek to show how humanity could have a radically better future based on the twin principles of ecological sustainability and social justice: www.richardpriestley.co.uk

On his website there is a MailChimp sign-up form. If you sign-up and you’ll get each new blog direct to your in-box.

For those of you on Twitter, Richard would love a few more followers, @richard_global_

And while you are there on Twitter you might like to follow the Herefordshire Green Network too: @HfdsGN


LEADER funding for community building projects

Herefordshire currently has a great opportunity to access European funding for cultural and heritage capital projects: Whilst stocks lastŠ!
Applications for LEADER funding can be made by private businesses or community groups based in Herefordshire but excluding those in Hereford City.   Funding of up to £35,000 is available to landowners and community groups for building projects, for the restoration of heritage and natural sites, and for capital investments that support cultural and community activities. Marketing that promotes rural tourism might also be funded.
Generally, an element of match funding from elsewhere would be expected.
The investment would need to demonstrate that it benefits the local economy (ideally with jobs created), promotes tourism and can demonstrate that it either creates a sense of place or helps to protect a cultural asset.
One cultural site has so far successfully applied for funding: Ledbury Market Theatre is making capital improvements to its theatre space with help from LEADER.
For information about eligibility and how to apply for funding, visit http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leader or email the LEADER team at leader@herefordshire.gov.uk.
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