Ellie Chowns, the Green Party candidate in the current Herefordshire Council by-election is working hard to reach voters and win back a seat formerly held by the Greens.

Ellie is standing for election at Bishop’s Frome & Cradley, a large rural ward which straddles the A4103 Hereford to Worcester Road around Fromes Hill.

For many years, even before Herefordshire Council was set up, the area was represented by Councillor Guy Woodford, a ‘founding father’ of the Ecology Party/Green Party. In 2007 under the slogan ‘Vote Blue, Get Green’ the Conservatives mounted a successful campaign to unseat Guy.

Guy, 82, who lives in the ward at Acton Beauchamp and teaches art at Malvern Hills College has come out of ‘political retirement’ to help the Green Party regain his old seat.

“Ellie Chowns is like a breath of fresh air,” said Guy. “She is very high energy and in her element when she is talking to residents. She will make an excellent local councillor.”

Said Ellie: “I am really enjoying chatting to voters on the doorstep.  It’s been very encouraging – lots of people of all political backgrounds are planning to vote Green in this election because they like what we stand for!”

Ellie is competing with Tory, Lib Dem and Labour candidates. Polling takes place on Nov 23.



  1. Guy is a legend. He did bronze heads of my brother, sister and me when we were 6, 7 & 8. Left a lasting impression. Good luck Ellie!!! Glad IOC is supporting you.

  2. Thanks Liz! Guy is indeed an amazing man and I’d be honoured to follow in his footsteps as Green Councillor for this ward. I’m absolutely delighted to have the support of It’s Our County!

  3. Very best of luck, Ellie. You deserve to win this seat and it will be wonderful for this naturally Green locality (so carefully looked after by Guy in the past) once again to have a hard-working, caring and Green councillor.

  4. Anyone who has met Ellie will know how dedicated she is. We should be delighted to have her as Councillor. Best of luck, Ellie!

  5. Thanks John and Harriet for your support! It’s been a great campaign – we’ve got a fantastic team working hard to reach out to everyone across the ward. Canvassing has been really encouraging – lots of support on the doorsteps!

  6. Congratulations Ellie, I was most impressed with our doorstep chat on your visit, having been a Tory for 55 years you have moved a mountain !! Was glad to support you as were most of the residents in our cul-de-sac. Look forward to your input at Parish Council in due course. regards Rod and Jaqui Guise

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