Herefordshire Green Network

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Latest news from around the Herefordshire Green Network. Views expressed are those of the individual authors and not necessarily HGN.

May’s Green Network Gathering: In our Hands

Our next Network Gathering will be a pop-up cinema!

Alice, HGN member has been wanting to show this film in Herefordshire for a while and we are finally showing it – thanks to A Rule of Tum for hosting at their Bookshop Restaurant.

16th May 7.30pm The Bookshop

In Our Hands is the story of what small farmers are doing for the future of our food system post-Brexit.  There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all.

As one farmer in the film says – “The backbone and the bread and butter of this country has been the farmer… we should be able to make a profitable living but that’s not the case”

Alice says: ” This is what we need in Herefordshire, to return to a more local, sustainable food system, that provides local farmers and growers with a decent wage. This film is what our future is all about – how we produce food.”  Alice grew up on a small holding near Ledbury and was inspired to get into commercial growing after an apprenticeship with the Soil Association Future Growers scheme. She now works at Arkstone Mill organic veg box scheme, who will be one of the local producers showcasing their wares on the night. She would like to find ways for more young people to stay farming locally: “It’s very difficult for younger people who’ve grown up with farming to stay in it, if there is no family farm to inherit. It’s hard to see how we can find our own farms and land.”

Herefordshire Green Network is proud to be promoting this film, and looking forward to bringing local farmers together alongside the people that eat their food every day.  Despite recent changes, this county still has a high percentage of small to medium size farms, plus many people who would like to be farming on a smaller scale.

We hope this film will feed into conversations about food production for farmers and small-holders alike.  Please spread the word on Facebook Instagram and Twitter – thanks!

Tickets are completely free for the film, book a place at this link

This is being shown as part of two HGN events celebrating land and farming in May: the other is Three Acres and A Cow, a show touring the country connecting the Norman Conquest with fracking, Brexit and everything in between.  It’s been getting rave reviews and we’re proud to have it here in Herefordshire at Canon Frome Court on 13th May.

The Big River Clean Up

The Big River Clean Up

28th April 2018

Join us as we support Hereford River Carnival’s mission to make this festival the greenest yet.

Meet 11am: Castle Green Pavilion

Finish and Cake:  1pm

Fully family friendly, pickers supplied and prizes for biggest bag collected, and most imaginative plastic re-use idea!

Sign up here

Ahead of the day – can you help get the word out?  This litter pick is a great way to get people into the network’s single-use plastic action so the more posters we can get out the better!


  • Print a Big River Clean Up Poster and put it somewhere near the carnival site
  • Share posts on social media, and tag and share with our partners @WyeCarnival @HfdsGN @HerefordshireWT on twitter, Stop the Drop, Hereford Coracle Club and Hereford Community Clean Up 
  • Use hashtags #pah #plasticactionhere #CleanUp

Thank you!

Fossil Free Herefordshire

Thank you Gareth and Patrick. A full house and a full workshop last night on how we can get pension funds to stop investing in fossil fuels.

They were talking about the UK parliament pension fund – but so many of the ideas could be used for other lobbying, working with councillors and much more.

Some tough questions, ranging from “if they don’t invest, surely someone else will…” to how to change the mind of someone that’s completely immovable! All questions answered and a load of positive actions in amongst the reality.

Here is a summary – if you’d like to do more please get in touch with Rebecca We’ll have an interactive poll on this topic at River Carnival (need some pollsters) and there was real interest in working with sympathetic councillors on this issue. Get in touch!

  • Make contact with your MP – simple tool on the Divest Parliament website
  • Plenty of advice from other network members with experience of visiting our MPs if you’d like to arrange a visit (email if you’d like to be connected)
  • We can create our own pledge to ask councillors to sign – this will build support towards a campaign with MPs
  • Good advice from Councillor Jenny Bartlett – every public council meeting has space for questions, we can ask “How much of the Herefordshire pension fund is invested in fossil fuels?” and bring the issue higher up the agenda
  • Herefordshire shares its pension fund with Worcestershire, so using the links we have within this network would be a great start
  • A poll at River Carnival – “Do you know that your MP’s pension is linked to fossil fuels? Do you want that to stop?”
  • More ideas and resources at the Fossil Free website and email to be put in touch with Gareth or Patrick – they are keen to offer support!
  • Share this post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and let’s get more people talking about ditching fossil fuel investments.

Make Herefordshire Fossil Free!

Divestment Training Workshop

Join Divest Parliament and Herefordshire Green Network on Wednesday 18th April, 7.30-9.30pm at The Left Bank, Hereford (HR4 9DG), and learn how we can free the UK from its harmful investments and relationships with fossil fuel companies!

This FREE training event is your opportunity to learn how to lobby your MP, Councillor, faith institution or university on climate change. We’ll be learning and putting into practice the best techniques, tricks and strategies to convince Bill Wiggin MP and Jesse Norman MP to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels and get behind a clean energy future.

Everyone welcome, and refreshments will be available.

For more info on the campaign, please check out: and for more information on divestment visit:


… the May Bank Holiday is near!

All around the county details are being finalised for the activities of the May Bank Holiday weekend.. in the north Spring Greens is looking lush in the late sunshine…

And here in the city arrangements for the launch of #PlasticActionHere in the h.Energy Village at the River Carnival are being accompanied by all sorts of other last minute developments for activities, information, food & music in the Village…

We are delighted that we will be joined by a number of artists, including Matilda Gomersall and The Onion Project:

The Onion Project looks at food, shelter and community as three human essentials. It focuses on the onion both as a source of food and its ability to dye textiles (shelter). The project aims to get people of the community together through making of clothing and the eating of food; two of the historically embedded social activities of every culture. Both of these activities, as well as providing essentials to daily life, are a space for conversation, learning and building understanding.
More information on facebook, & the photo attached is one that was made at a Kindle Centre workshop last week.
If you would like to join us in the h.Energy Village this is your last chance! Book or confirm your market stall or gazebo space by the end of this week to be part of the fun and festivities celebrating Hereford’s diverse communities and beautiful river.  
Contact for more information.

Divestment Training Workshop

Join the efforts to free the UK from its harmful investments and relationships with fossil fuel companies!

Next Wednesday (18th April) HGN will be co-hosting our monthly Gathering with the inspirational Divest Parliament.

This free training event is our opportunity to learn how to lobby our MP, Councillor, faith institution or university on climate change. We’ll be learning and putting into practice the best techniques, tricks and strategies to convince Bill Wiggin MP and Jesse Norman MP to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels and get behind a clean energy future.

Join an interactive training event that seeks to inspire locals around Herefordshire, supporting those campaigning for a fossil-free future and encouraging others to join or help start a local divestment group in your area.

To date, over 140 former and current MPs have backed the Divest Parliament campaign – including leaders of the Labour Party, Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.

Invite your friends, neighbours & colleagues, and like & share our event on Facebook …Help us add Herefordshire to the list of counties that are making a change!


Any questions about the event, please email

If you can’t make the event, you can still write to your MP using this tool (please personalise your email as much as possible): 

For more info on the campaign, please check out: For more information on divestment visit:


7.30pm, Wednesday 18th April, The Garden Room, Left Bank Village, Hereford.

Refreshments will be provided!

The Tale of Garway’s Hall…

7th April was the official opening of the ecologically sustainable, very energy efficient Passivhaus multi- purpose flexible and accessible new Community Centre in Garway! How amazing…

And you can all go along and have a quick look … and hear a story at the same time if you join would like to join their Storytelling tomorrow on Saturday 14th April.

Our friend an collaborator Austin Keenan will be enjoying the balmy warmth of the new hall despite April’s cold, and telling a few of his wonderful tall tales …


Saturday 14th,2–4pm

Adults £2, Children £1. Contact Austin 01600 750243

Kenyan Charity Craft Project

At 10am at De Koffie Pot on Sunday 22nd April Julie Fry will be talking about her work in Kenya, educating girls in sexual health. She will also be demonstrating how to make reusable cloth pads which she supplies to the girls she works with.

Last year in Devon Julie managed to make 500 pads with her stitching group which they took out to Kenya in February. This year we hope to get the people of Hereford involved in the Project and make even more.

… and on which note we’re very happy to have Pussy Pads (eco-friendly reusable cloth menstrual pads) joining us in the h.Energy Village on the 5th May!

More info on all of that sooooooon…

Congratulations to Kington

Kington’s KLEEN have achieved recognition across the county and won a Certificate!

If you are local to Kington you may have noticed the big banner that has been up on the fence of the Burton opposite the Primary School – or for those of us at more of a distance the double page article in the Hereford Times about the Community Awards.

It is excellent to see that KLEEN has been recognised as doing significant work for the community in the Environmental section of the Herefordshire Community Awards. The group was presented with a framed certificate by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire during a ceremony at the Hereford Town Hall. KLEEN Treasurer Ian MacLeod and Secretary Rob MacCurrach attended as well Gordon and Jill Coppock.

This is useful recognition of all our combined work in the county – and to all of those involved with KLEEN over the years huge congratulations!

(& thanks to the photographer on the evening James Maggs for the use of the group photo).

First Aid @ Applewood

Applewood Permaculture Centre are offering a one day First Aid course, led by a certified trainer, that complies with HSE requirements for nominated first aid-res in the workplace and includes essential life saving skills and actions to take in an emergency. The certificate is valid for three years.

Topics covered: Health & safety (first aid) regulations; managing an incident; priorities of first aid; treatment of an unconscious casualty; resuscitation; shock; treatment for choking, seizures and blood loss.’

Cost £40 concessions (limited to 3 places); £60 low-waged (<£12K); £80 waged (>£12K)

April 20th 2018, 9.00am – 4.30pm

Also this Spring and Summer at Applewood: 
Activating Cultural Emergence with Looby Macnamara and Maddy Harland 26-29th April
Forest Gardening with Chris Evans 15-17th June
Permaculture Design Course 5-19th July with Chris Evans, Tomas Remiarz and Looby Macnamara
Cultural Emergence Summer Intensive 26th July -5th August with Looby Macnamara, Starhawk, Jon Young and Maddy Harland

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