2 December – celebration of ancient trees and the species they support

Back from the Brink and Moreton Wood invite you to “a walk of hope and support” – celebrating ancient trees through art.

At 11.00

A fun, creative and moving family art event in Moccas Wood a beautiful Herefordshire woodland (entry only to those who have pre-booked)

Come long to celebrate Ancient Trees and the myriad of amazing species that depend on them for survival as part of the Ancients of the Future project.

The walk will be a procession of handcrafted banners, that you can make at home (see downloadable document here) and bring along to show your love of wildlife – and will end with a simple ceremony.

The idea is to make a banner that represents 1 of the targeted endangered species to bring along to the procession. Contact Jo at Moreton Wood for more information or if you are unsure about being creative!
If you can’t make it and would like to make a banner anyway you can post a photo of it on twitter/instagram #bannersforancients.
There is a pdf with banner making tips and ideas here.  Be as creative as you like – the only rules are that they are to be made from natural biodegradable materials.
Artist-made banners will be exhibited at Hereford Museum and art Gallery Dec 4th – 15th


Free but booking is essential through:



07920 851 674

20 to 27 November – Herefordshire Mind@40 Expo

Week of Mental Health events – Mind@40 at St Peter’s Church Hereford

For a week (20-27 November), St Peter’s Church in High Town Hereford will become the temporary home of Herefordshire Mind.  To celebrate Mind’s 40th anniversary, Expo Mind@40 promises a wide range of activities, exhibits and talks for anyone interested in mental wellbeing.  This Expo follows the success of Art From The Dark Exhibition last year in Hereford Library and Museum.

Talks with guest speakers include Sleep (Thursday 22nd November 1pm); Understanding Self-Harm (Monday 26th November 2pm); the History of Mental Health Support in Herefordshire including Rhys Griffiths from HARC on the History of St Mary’s Burghill (Tuesday 27th November 1pm);  a Creativity and Happiness afternoon (Saturday 24th November 12-4pm) for anyone aged 0-99 years; a Poetry Workshop and Showcase (Wednesday 21st November 12-2pm) in collaboration with Ledbury Poetry Festival; and an overall discussion with leading local organisations about the Future of Mental Health in our county (Friday 23rd November 1.30pm). All these talks are free, but it is helpful if you could get tickets from Hereford Library or through Eventbrite, or from St Peter’s Church during the week.

Most mornings there are drop-in sessions – Art (Tuesday 20th and 27th November 10.45am-12.45pm and Thursday 22nd November 10am-12), Reading (Thursday 22nd November 11am-1pm) or Active Minds Fitness (Friday 23rd November 10.30-11.15am).

Exhibition displays cover past and present Mind activities, including projects with joint collaborators such as the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, the Music Pool, Herefordshire Council Adult Learning, Herefordshire Library, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Hereford College of Arts, and SHYPP.  It will be open most of the week for visitors to drop in and enjoy.  Tea and coffee will also be available.

Mind hopes that anyone interested in learning something new about mental wellbeing, for themselves, their family or friends, for study or work, for kids and adults, will be very welcome, as well as past staff, volunteers, users to enjoy any of these events, or just to say hello and have a cup of tea.

Full details of the week’s events are on Herefordshire-mind.org.uk

Or Email:


23 June – The March for a People’s Vote on Brexit, London

The March for a People’s Vote (on a final Brexit deal) is being supported by organisations including Open Britain, the European Movement UK, Britain for Europe, Our Future our Choice, For our Future’s Sake, Healthier In, Scientists for EU, Trade Deal Watch, Wales for Europe, In Facts and others.

Herefordshire for Europe have arranged a coach to the march.

Seats available £20 – to book your seats contact Pat Gordon on hereford@4eu.org.uk

The plan:

7.00 – Ledbury Railway Station Car Park

11.30 – Arrive Park Lane London

12.00 – March starts from Pall Mall to Parliament Square

2.30 – Speeches TBA

4.00 – finishes

Return 5.00 – Leave Park Lane, London

8.15 – Ross-on Wye

8.45 – Hereford

9.15 – Leominster


To contact Herefordshire For Europe:

17 May: Lecture & Discussion “Upcycling Cycling”

Hereford Civic Society Annual Lecture  – A comprehensive consideration of cycling and cyclists in this country compared with Europe,  by cycling experts:

Brian Deegan – one of the UK’s leading street design engineers

Jess Read – healthy transport engineer and urban designer

Jesse Norman – MP & Highways Minister

Hosted at the Hereford University Centre, Folly Lane, Hereford HR1 1LS

Arrival from 7.00pm, for 7.15pm start, 8.30pm close

BOOKINGS to Julia Davis email: DavisJulia@hlcollege.ac.uk or tel: 01432 365431.


18 April: Make Herefordshire Fossil Free!

A Divestment Training Workshop: join the fight to free the UK from its harmful investments and relationships with fossil fuel companies!

Co-hosted by Herefordshire Green Network and Divest Parliament

At: Garden Room, Left Bank Village, Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DG 7.30pm

This free training event is our opportunity to learn how to lobby our MPs, Councillors, faith institutions or universities 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.

Help us add Herefordshire to the list!

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): https://gofossilfree.org/uk/divest-parliament/#ask

Transition Leominster events etc for 2018

Various entertainments, Transition activities and challenges.

Support the library by hearing the Friends of Leominster library Darwin talk by Joe Cocker on Friday 20th April.

Cycle rides are every third Wednesday – meet 10am in Corn Square on these dates.

Leominster Community Choir meets every Tuesday evening at the Community Centre 7 -8.30 pm

We would like to have a stall at the Spring Greens Festival on 5th and 6th May. Volunteers please.


Transition Leominster

Leominster Community Centre

School Road

Leominster, HR6 8NJ



30 March: HWT Fundraiser, “An Evening of Words and Music”, Hereford

A fundraising event in aid of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal

Friday 30th March, Tomkins Theatre, 148 Whitecross Road, Hereford, HR4 0DH

An Evening of Words and Music, in association with the Wild Hare Club will feature author and broadcaster Rob Penn, (The Man who Made Things out of Trees) prize-winning poet and author Miriam Darlington (Otter CountryOwl Sense) and Herefordshire’s popular world-folk band Slippery Slope

The first half of the evening will see Rob in conversation with Miriam chaired by Andy Fryers (Director of the Hay Winter Weekend Festival and Hay Festival’s sustainability Director). The second half will see Slippery Slope take the stage and people will be free to sit, drink, chat and listen or take to the dance floor.

Doors will open at 7.30pm with the first half of the evening starting at 8pm. There will be a paying bar throughout the evening.

Register here

21 March: HWT Fundraising Quiz Night, Upton Bishop

A fundraising event in aid of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal

Wednesday 21st March, 7pm at the Millennium Hall, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7UD.

Join us for Quiz Night – a fun evening’s quizzing with food and drinks, raising funds for our Nature Reserves Appeal. You can grab some friends and put together your own team of five in advance or just come along as you are and join a team on the night.

  • Tickets cost £9.50 each or £42.50 for a table for five people.
  • The ticket price includes food – a vegetarian ‘one-pot’ casserole. There will be a paying bar serving wine, soft drinks and tea and coffee.
  • Doors open 7pm, Quiz begins at 7.30pm.
  • There will be a break between rounds for food.
  • Book online or call us on 01432 356872

Herefordshire Badger Vaccination Group – help needed

Herefordshire Badger Vaccination Group needs more activists.

Many core members are getting older, and lugging heavy cages about and turning up at the crack of dawn to check them for badgers is not as easy as it used to be! We are looking for people who support this alternative to culling to help with bait setting, setting out and retrieving cages, checking them for inhabitants and assisting Melinda while she does the vaccinating (you will NOT have to do any vaccinating yourself).

If you are over 18, reasonably physically fit, can drive (ideally, but this is not essential) are willing to help with some or all of the tasks described and are able to offer a few hours a day for a week or so during the months of May, June and August next year, please get in touch. If you think you might be willing to train as a vaccinator, this would be particularly welcome. Melinda is our only qualified vaccinator and she has not been in good health. She is very keen to find people to help her and to take over if she is unable to carry on or manage all the work herself.

Just to be clear, this is for love, not money, nobody in the group is paid and we fund raise for all our costs (sound familiar ?).

Please contact Anne on 07854 316227 or email annecrane59@gmail.com to find out more if you think you might be able to help, even for just a few days. If you are unable to offer time, but would like to make a donation towards the cost of vaccine, (it is currently £47 per Badger!) that would be very welcome too. Thank you!

2 Nov. Talk “Greening Malvern – lessons from Greening Stroud”

From Jackie Smethurst at Malvern Hills Green Party:
thumbnail of A5 Flyer Pickering TalkDr Simon Pickering (Stroud Green Party) will give a talk titled, ‘Greening Malvern – lessons from Greening Stroud’
Although he is talking about their whole strategy and successes, a particular interest in Malvern is Stroud’s success with food waste collection and its use in an anaerobic digester to produce gas (fed back to the grid), and digestate (spread on local farms as fertiliser) to produce more food. An excellent example of the circular economy in action and potentially hot topic here in Malvern Hills District next Spring, when we move to fortnightly bin collections with no plans for food waste collection.
There are plenty other things that Stroud have achieved that will be of interest to fellow Greens across the region – hence our warm invitation to you to please join us!
Free Entry, refreshments will be available from 7.00pm

Time Talk 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm


A coach has been organised to take campigners from Hereford and Leominster. Joining the march in Manchester timed to co-incide with Theresa May’s speech to Conservative Party Conference.

Leaves Hereford Merton Meadow Car Park at 7.30am, Leominster Broad Street Car Park, outside Fire Station at 7.50am

For more details email patgordon@growinglocal.org.uk

The price for the seats is £20 adult; £15 concessions. To book your seat, please email Pat in the first instance.

18 October. Talk by Nick Baker: ‘Building a Naturalist’ , Kindle Centre, Hereford

Doors open at 5.30pm for those members attending the Trust’s AGM which will run from 6pm to 7pm.  Orchard Origins will be running a bar throughout the evening from 6.30pm onwards.  The talk will start at 7.45pm.

Venue:  The Kindle Centre, ASDA Supermarket, Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7JE

Cost: £12 (plus £1.50 online booking fee).  Booking is essential:  Book online or call 01432 356872.

All funds raised will support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s work across its 55 nature reserves and Herefordshire’s landscapes.

Following Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s AGM, naturalist, author and TV presenter Nick Baker will give a talk which will be part autobiography and part a hard hitting call to action.  Building a Naturalist is a journey through the development of a life-long biophile.  Expect a journey that spans the last 44 years and zings all over the planet – connecting via experiences – familiar UK habitats to stories from more exotic shores.  Nick will touch on subjects as broad as how keeping caterpillars in a jam jar lead to working with Britain’s rarest butterfly, how playing with grass snakes helped Nick tackle a cobra, the similarities between badgers and black rhinos and how the most endangered species in the world is a child playing free in nature.  This talk explores why this is and suggests how we might go about rewinding a young generation and in doing so – save the world.


30 Sept. Walk for Wildlife – Lugg Meadow, Hereford to Queenswood Country Park

The walk will run through the heart of Herefordshire from the historic Lugg Meadow on the outskirts of Hereford city following the picturesque River Lugg north through riverside pastures to finish at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum.

This event is being organised by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust – registration is required. Full details and online registration here. Starts at 9am

All funds raised will support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s work across its 55 nature reserves and Herefordshire’s landscapes.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is holding an ambitious Walk for Wildlife Saturday 30th September raising money to look after and enhance the 55 nature reserves in its care.  The 12.5-mile walk follows the course of the River Lugg through the heart of Herefordshire’s beautiful countryside.  The walk will depart from the historic Lugg Meadow on the outskirts of Hereford City by the Trust’s offices at Lower House Farm, off Ledbury Road. Heading north, meandering through riverside pastures, the route will finish up at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum.  Much of the route runs through public footpaths as well as across private land which have been opened exclusively for this event.

The route will be waymarked and there will be stops with water along the way manned by the Trust’s staff and volunteers. We will be setting off at 9am together then participants can take the walk as fast or slow as they wish (though it’s hoped that everyone makes it to Queenswood by dusk!).  The route will include some rough ground, some steep climbs and no doubt mud!  The route will not be suitable for push chairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.  We suggest the walk is only suitable for older children (or very young children in slings or baby carriers) and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Dogs on leads are also most welcome.

The Lower Lugg Valley is rich in wildlife with kingfishers often spotted along the river while otters are known to breed here too.

Registration for the event costs £12 per adult, under 14s are free.  Additional sponsorship is welcome, and the entrant who raises the most money will win a prize.

The event is a fundraiser for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal, raising funds to support the regular management tasks undertaken on their 55 reserves and improve access for visitors. These reserves are important havens for wildlife and include some of the most special examples of meadows, woodlands, orchards and wetlands in the county. The Trust hopes the walk will raise around £1,000 towards their £40,000 target.


18 Oct.Transition Cycle Ride, Leominster

Wed 18th – Transition cycle ride, meet in Corn Square,Leominster at 10am. A leisurely ride taking in some local orchards, stopping for coffee and back around 1pm. All welcome, including novices.


All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.  If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events, many thanks.  Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 780886 or emailfolley.farm@btinternet.com

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