Bitter-sweet bee story at The Courtyard

A reminder that, in collaboration with HGN, The Courtyard in Hereford is showing a bitter-sweet, award-winning documentary next Tuesday – 12 November.

Honeyland is a heartbreaking and lyrical environmental story about a Macedonian beekeeper’s conflict with her neighbours. The New York Times described it as “a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.”

We’ve heard on the grapevine that several local beekeepers are planning on coming to see the film… so there may be quite a buzz in the bar afterwards! A chance to join in some interesting conversations and question some experts, perhaps.

The film starts at 8.15pm and lasts 90 minutes. Tickets are £7 (£6.50/£5 concessions), available from The Courtyard box office 01432 340555 /

Herefordshire Tree Week programme

Friday 22nd November:  Made in the Marches Gallery is holding another popular music evening at 12 Church St, Kington HR5 3AZ.  6pm until 9.00 pm. Live music, refreshments, and a £100 raffle prize to be spent in the gallery, with proceeds going to Herefordshire tree planting projects. More info 07531 820195 or

Saturday 23rd November:  Split Hazel Basketry Workshop, Learn the techniques for making a traditional split-hazel frame basket, known as a ‘swallow basket’ due to its similarity to a swallows nest.  10:00am – 4:00pm at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum. £70 pp. Over the day you will prepare all of the components, straight from rods of hazel, with a minimum of tools, before assembling then into a basket of your own creating. Booking: ring 01432 530088 or go to

Sunday 24th November:  A walking talk on the new trees in the Long Acre and Rope Walk Linear Arboretum with local Cllr and Ross tree warden Rob Taylor. Meet at the Bandstand, 14 Wye St, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7BX at 11 am for a walk along the newly planted linear Arboretum discussing some of the sixty to eighty different trees. There will be a tree planting demo using rope tree ties (no plastic!). Duration: one to two hours. For more info, contact Rob on

Wednesday 27th November:  Textures of Trees: exploring with hands and charcoal with Artist-in-Residence, Richard Bavin, at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum,  10 am to 1.30 pm. A hands-on workshop involving gathering up leaves, cones, twigs and other bits of trees from the woodland floor – these will become our subject for charcoal drawing. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience – a great way of getting into experimental drawing. £35. To

Thursday 28th November:  Hereford in Bloom will be planting a willow in one of Hereford’s finest Conservation areas by the famous duck pond (remnant of the city’s historic moat), Cantilupe St (HR1 2NU), at 10.30am. This is the culmination of local action to replace the much loved mature willow that died last year. More info if needed: 07710715235 

Friday 29th November:  Ancient Trees – why are they so important for people and wildlife? A wide ranging talk with well-known tree expert and ecologist Tim Dixon, covering the social and natural history of old trees, particularly in Herefordshire. Tim will explore the extraordinary and complex world of ancient trees from a human and wildlife perspective and explore some of the current opportunities that rewilding might offer for future generations. Venue: DKP café, The Left Bank, Hereford HR4 9DG. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start and 9.30pm finish.. £3 members, £4 non-members towards supporting and managing the city reserves. Book:

Saturday 30th November:  a very rural walk of approximately 3 miles (2 hours), led by Aymestrey tree warden Ken Holland, meeting at Aymestrey Parish Hall (A4110, HR6 9SU), at 10.30am for refreshments. Plenty of car parking. The route is flat with one stile to climb over, with the main walk through fields and along a track by the River Lugg, so may be muddy. Dogs on leads and kids are welcome. More info: 01568 770367. Possibility of a bit of tree planting en route subject to landowner consent.

Saturday 30th November:  Hereford City Tree Trail: City tree warden, Nic Howes will lead a new guided walk, starting outside west front of Hereford Cathedral at 10:00 to return there by 12:00. This event is an opportunity for a group to trial Hereford City Council’s forthcoming Tree Trail app – participants will be given a link to the Trail on Google Maps, which they can follow on a Smartphone if they wish. 

The h.Energy Village @ Hereford River Carnival

28th – 29th April:

On 29th April 2017, in an all new central location on King George V Playing Fields just beyond the Victoria Foot Bridge you will find the h.Energy Village.

This small but exciting area of the 2017 River Carnival is being developed in collaboration between Herefordshire Green Network, Herefordshire New Leaf and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

There will be special interest stalls, electric vehicles, activities for all ages, and ethical local food & drink. There will be a lovely creative and informative watery theme running through the Village with input from Wye & Usk, Farm Herefordshire, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Wildplay and Swan Brewery.

Thanks to Oakwrights there will also be an h.Energy Village Hall at the centre of our Village where we will host music, performers, speakers and storytellers. There will be film, and we hope to have some ‘River Stories’ themed film-making happening in our midst.

Another part of the h.Energy village at the River Carnival will be Hereford Chess Club, inviting all comers to a game on a giant chess set…. It’s all black and white!

And of course the Fabulous Cob Oven Company will be with us.

If you would like to be part of this special area of the Hereford River Carnival please get in touch with us as soon as is humanly possible!! We are open to ideas from speakers, performers and exhibitors – and we still have just a few ready erected market stalls available free of charge for local community groups and charities… and the crowds will love you!

We also need people who enjoy putting up yurts and gazebos, and who would like to help us on Friday afternoon and on Saturday afternoon. And people who like wearing high-viz jackets! You would be most welcome … just let us know who you are and we’ll invite you along.

Contact Kate: as soon as you can…