Our Events


Our tailored webinars and workshops for parish councillors cover the subject areas that they requested from The Great Collaboration stage 1 workshops.

Natural Flood Management

Beth Lewis, Herefordshire Council’s Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project Officer, introduces the Defra funded River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project (www.herefordshire.gov.uk/nfm ), which is working with landowners and communities in Herefordshire.

Beth explains how this partnership project is being delivered, achievements so far and how you can get involved. She also discusses how NFM principles can be adopted in more urban settings, including what the average home owner can do to help.

The Right Tree in the Right Place

Tomas Remiarz has 30 years of experience of working with woodland and trees. Over the years he has designed and helped to create commercial and amenity woodlands, wildlife reserves and ecological restoration sites. He has extensively researched innovative approaches to increase productive urban and rural tree cover, some of which is covered in his book Forest Gardening in Practice. Tomas has lived in Leintwardine, Herefordshire since 2011is keen to support efforts to preserve and improve tree cover in our county.

Opportunities as we move toward Zero Carbon Herefordshire

Richard Priestley, a well known local writer gives talks and classes nationwide and online. His writings and workshops usually focus on how we can have a more ecologically sustainable and socially just future. The Herefordshire Green Network is lucky to be able to offer you an adaption of his ‘Global Problems, Global Solutions’ workshop which has been tailored for The Great Collaboration- leading to a Zero Carbon Herefordshire. Richard will focus on Energy efficiency in buildings, Transport, Energy Generation and Land use, giving councillors an overview of what can be achieved in our local areas.

Unleashing the potential for land use in response to climate change

Nick is an Anglican Priest, an Agricultural Chaplain with Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy and Director of the Brightspace Foundation, a sustainable development charity focused on Herefordshire.

He chairs Herefordshire’s Local Nature Partnership and Farm Herefordshire, a collaboration between twelve organisations working with the land-based sector to improve soil and water management. He acts a secretary to the County’s Sustainable Food and Tourism Partnership and is Co-Chair of the Herefordshire Green Network.

His previous career includes contract research into technology transfer in the biosciences, working for the National Farmers Union in a variety of roles, including the NFU’s national Food Policy and Research Adviser, and establishing a national charity supporting those in rural areas suffering from stress.

This event will be similar to the original face to face sessions for The Great Collaboration and will consider Land Use in Herefordshire. Agriculture and land use are important contributors to global warming, but also offer unique opportunities to capture carbon – particularly through effective soil management.

Clean Energy Generation - how can councillors enhance and positively contribute to a sustainable community

Gareth Williams is the managing director of Caplor Horizons which specialises in the design and supply of renewable energy systems for businesses, communities and homeowners. Since 2015 Gareth has worked with Govt dept BEIS on Solar Policy development in the UK. He also contributed to Malawi renewable policy in 2016.

Gareth is also engaged with many groups such as the Herefordshire Green Network, Business Futures Forum, Marches Business Environment Network, and the Hereford Council Climate Emergency Steering Group.

He has been a local councillor in Fownhope for 17 years and offers a unique insight into what can be achieved at a local level.


Our gatherings aim to connect councillors with local groups and their communities so that effective actions can be realised.

The Journey towards Sustainable Transport in Herefordshire

How we can reduce C02 emissions and pollution while at the same time taking into account needs to retain a vibrant economy, a social place to live and diverse ecology?

Join us for this Herefordshire Green Network Gathering as Professor Les Lumsdon, sustainable transport campaigner, chats with Councillor John Harrington about how the sustainability of transport in Herefordshire could be improved.

Talk Community Hubs

Join us and the Talk Community Hub team to explore the possibility of Talk Community Hubs and Herefordshire Green Network members/groups working together to signpost services, strengthen HGN groups, grow communities, build resilience and increase health and wellbeing across the county.

Talk Community Hubs will be developed alongside existing community settings and strengths, such as village halls, community pubs, organisations, shops or centres, which are already at the heart of the local community. Herefordshire Council will provide support to nurture and further develop these settings and strengths, to help meet the needs of the local community and enable residents to better look after their own health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Food: Places, Spaces and Hubs

Using the national ‘Sustainable Food Places’ framework we will learn about local food projects and community larders in Herefordshire and see what opportunities exist to co-ordinate activity and to link to Talk Communities.

What is already happening; what is possible; what are the barriers; and what support is needed?


These events are for our Parish Council members. Our aim is to facilitate discussions between members to support their work in the county- sharing resources and experiences ensure that tangible actions can be realised. These events are not recorded but if you would like to know more about becoming a member please contact: events@hgnetwork.org.