Feel the h.Energy at Queenswood

Queenswood h.Energy 2019

Saturday 12 October, 10am – Sunday 13 October, 3pm

On Saturday…

On Sunday…

  • Explore woodland art installations by Hereford College of Arts
  • Sustainability market
  • Kids pizza making
  • Children’s ‘Reducing Waste’ poster display
  • Free children’s activities
  • Make your own beeswax wrap paper
  • Path to a Green Queenswood tour  


Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, 
Nr. Leominster, 

County to get new Sustainability Centre at Queenswood

The Queenswood Managing Partnership, New Leaf Sustainable Development and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust have been awarded funds from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Herefordshire Community Fund to start Phase 1 of the project to host a Sustainability Centre at Queenswood, the Green Heart of Herefordshire.

Phase 1 funding will pay for the development and creation of exhibitions and educational sessions about how to live more sustainably, workshops and a hub where people can meet, access information and gain knowledge that can be shared with communities across the county.

Wendy Ogden, the Queenswood Sustainability Lead, said: “We were delighted by the enthusiastic response to our online survey about what people would like to see at the Sustainability Centre and we plan to incorporate the issues that meant most to our survey respondents: how we can live within our means in a culture of growth; eliminating single use plastics from our lives; creating wildlife habitats; and wildlife friendly gardening. 

We are looking forward to providing information and resources to inform people about global sustainability issues, along with information about how they can make a difference here in Herefordshire. Thank you to everyone who plays The National Lottery and to the Glencora Fund via the Herefordshire Community Fund for supporting us.”

Work will begin straight away on equipping the Jubilee Building to host the Sustainability Centre and preparing information and resources, with more work planned for the new year having secured the small amount still needed to complete Phase 1. Future plans include online resources and developing links with Herefordshire schools and colleges.

If you are interested in being involved with the project, either as a volunteer or workshop provider or wish to donate to help us reach our Phase 1 target please email wendy@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk

Spoons, fungus and charcoal = autumn fun

This autumn, Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum is running a series of workshops focused on nature and craft. First up, on 12 October Tim Kaye will be running a spoon carving workshop. Learn the basics of green woodworking and master the axe, knife and crook knife, working in a sheltered spot within the woodland.

On 3 November, the Herefordshire Fungus Survey group will lead you on journey into the fungal kingdom. You will forage around the beautiful surroundings of Queenswood with their help and then, after lunch, discuss the finds and learn more about mushrooms. 

Finally, we are joined by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s artist-in-residence Richard Bavin who will run a new workshop: The Textures of Trees – Exploring with hands & charcoal! (Wednesday 27 November). This is a hands-on workshop where, working at a scale much bigger than life size, we will use charcoal to find ways to convey the shapes and textures of our forest treasures.

Fore more details and to book places, please go to: www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org

Heritage Open Day at Queenswood

Queenswood Country Park’s Heritage Open Day this coming Saturday, 21st September, will showcase its traditionally managed woodland, as well as the crafts – past and present – associated with it. 

Crafts to explore include green woodworking and charcoal making, and there will be demonstrations of horse-drawn timber extraction as well as a range of free children’s craft activities to take part in. There will also be a number of guided walks around the site. Full details and timings can be found on the website: www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/heritageopenday

The event celebrates the Queenswood Heritage Gateway Project which has been running throughout 2018-19, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.