The following section contains details of organisations and initiatives local to Brilley and Borders therefore covering environment activities in both Herefordshire and the bordering counties of Wales.
Please let the author of this page know of any mistakes, omissions or updates to content below by using the contact form at bottom of the page. This is a first version – dated 1/7/2017
Organisations are listed in alphabetical order.
Brecon and Radnor Beekeeping Association
Mission Statement : To impart Inspiration, Enjoyment, and thereby Learning about Bee Craft.
The B&RBKA exists to serve beekeepers in the South of Powys area. They hold events through the year and training courses particularly for beginners but also for improvers.
They have three association apiaries. The Wern, our teaching apairy on the outskirts of Brecon. Cefn Dyrys, our apiary above the RWAS showground. Ty Mawr (new site) our winter apiary at Llangasty.
More information on their excellent website.
Brightspace Foundation (Former Bulmer Foundation)
The overarching aim of the Bulmer Foundation is to promote sustainable development and sustainable practices in Herefordshire and beyond. They are currently going through a process of re-branding which involves a change of name to Brightspace Foundation. Background to their work and achievements can be found on their current website. The new website is scheduled to be ready by end of June 2017.
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Based in Ludlow.
Website contains useful advice for farmers and gardeners and provides information on what to do if you find an injured hedgehog.
Black Mountains Local Group –Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
This relatively new HWT local group has organised an interesting set of event s this summer , more to follow this autumn. All events for this group will be listed on the Brilley Calender.
The group is also running a project to ensure the protection of highway verges of botanical interest. This has just started. If anyone has an interest in this, or a keen botanist who might help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Valleys Community Interest Company was set up by community members in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park in 2009. They aim to inspire and support communities to work together to reduce carbon emissions, generate income and deliver social and environmental benefits within those communities
Hay on Wye community garden
Hay Community Woodland Group.
Volunteer group set up to manage the woodland environment of Hay-on-Wye to benefit both residents & visitors.
The group have a Facebook page.
Contact email@example.com for more information
Hay on Wye Local Greenpeace group
Meets monthly, first Thursday of the month in the Globe Hay on Wye. Organises local actions in support of Greenpeace current priorities.
Contact Peter Barker firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team
Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (HART) is dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Herefordshire. They aim to encourage people to learn about, protect and conserve these animals and their habitats. Their activities include recording the distribution and population size of amphibians and reptiles throughout Herefordshire, conservation work such as pond restoration, workshops and training days, talks and visits, providing advice on pond and habitat conservation and identifying threats to local habitats.
More information on website including forms to record sightings and become involved.
Herefordshire CPRE – Campaign to protect Rural England
CPRE Herefordshire campaigns for a sustainable future for the county of Herefordshire.
Herefordshire Mammal Group
Herefordshire Mammal Group (Previously known as Herefordshire Action for Mammals - HAM) is dedicated to the conservation of mammals in Herefordshire. They aim to teach people about mammals and to encourage them to learn more about them by taking action themselves.
Their activities include recording the distribution and population size of mammals throughout Herefordshire, conservation work, workshops and training days, talks and visits, providing advice on species and habitat conservation and identifying threats to local habitats. They also provide opportunities for students to expand their practical experience in working with mammals.
Herefordshire Meadows is an informal network of meadow owners managing and conserving flower rich grassland.
Founded in 2015 to arrange informal visits to grassland in Herefordshire, over thirty Herefordshire Meadows members are now supported by Natural England as a Facilitation Fund Group. They work collaboratively across the whole of the Herefordshire landscape holding events and discussions on how to manage, create and restore meadows to benefit wildlife, soil and water quality, historic features, natural flood management and livestock farming businesses.
They have an active programme of events and activities – take a look on their website
Herefordshire Ornithological Club
The Club came into being on 22nd April 1950. Until 1988 the geographical area of the Club comprised Herefordshire and Radnorshire. From those early beginnings the Club has grown to more than 400 members, who have a particular interest in birds, but also in other wildlife and conservation.Information on Club activities, including field and indoor meetings is accessible through the website and via the quarterly Newsletter
Hereford Owl Rescue
For the rescue, welfare and protection of any owl. Rescue service for captive bred Owls from anywhere in the UK and for wild and distressed Owls within our region.
See website for contact details and more information
Herefordshire Tree Warden Network
All about caring for trees and becoming a tree warden.
More information on website : https://htreewardens.org.uk/
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
“Our vision is for a Herefordshire that is richer and more diverse in wildlife and that is valued, and cared for, by its people to the benefit of all.”
More information on current projects, events and activities on website
Kington Local group – Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
The Kington local branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trusts has an active programme of events throughout the year ; during the summer outdoor events, during the winter indoor events.
All events for this group will be listed on the Brilley Calender.
Contact Sarah Cadwallader email@example.com for more information
KLEEN – Kington Local Energy and Environment Network
This local network is a true inspiration !
Its overall aim is to respond to climate change and “peak oil” by treating it as an opportunity to develop a more enjoyable, creative, sociable and sustainable community. The network consists of several active working groups. Note the regular Kleen Repair Cafe as part of the Art and Crafts fair in Kington every third Saturday of the month and the Kington Locally stall (surplus produce from local people) at the weekly Friday market in Kington.
For more information and contact details - please see website
Marcher Apple Network
Marcher Apple Network - MAN for short - was founded in December 1993 when a group of eight apple and pear enthusiasts first met with the idea of forming a society for reviving old varieties of apples and pears. MAN now is involved in many different activities from managing its own orchards, which preserve old varieties, helping members and the public with orcharding matters and attending many agricultural shows during the autumn where the identification service proves very popular.
More information on their website which includes a list of events.
Powys transition and Low Carbon Community Network
Powys Transition and Low Carbon Community Network (PTLCC) is an organisation which connects and supports PowysTransition Initiatives and other groups working towards a low carbon future. They provide training to member groups, organise conferences, and provide a point of contact for diverse groups working to build a community based sustainable future.
More information and links to other groups on website :
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK and one of 6 Welsh Wildlife Trusts. RWT started its life in 1962 alongside Herefordshire to become its own Trust in 1987.
To find out more about their very busy 2017 summer programme of events please visit their excellent website.
Spring Greens Fair
Spring Greens Fair is a family-friendly sustainability event for mutual education, training and the demonstration of innovative skills and ideas. Held every Early May Bank Holiday it aims to showcase inspiring, enjoyable and healthy solutions to the difficult social, environmental and economic issues which confront us regionally, nationally and globally; whilst being a fantastic day-out. It has been held since 2008 in North Herefordshire. Take a look at their website to find out more.
Three Counties Apple Orchard Project
Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire (the Three Counties) have long been famous for their orchards. Traditional orchards, with their tall trees standing in pasture, are a much loved part of our three counties landscape. Today though the picture is somewhat different; many orchards have disappeared and most of those which remain are under used or unmanaged. Over 80% of our traditional orchards have vanished locally as farming practices have changed and land developed. Local fruit varieties have been lost too, as have our skills in looking after them.
Orchards need people to keep them healthy and productive and that’s where the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project (TCTOP) can help.
Working with local experts they are training volunteers in practical orchard skills and helping them to improve local orchards for wildlife and discover the role they have played over the centuries.
If you have a traditional apple or pear orchard (more than 5 standard trees and trees being aged 40 years +) and would like advice on restoration and/or re-planting then please contact your local TCTOP Champion: Gareth Pugh: Tel 01497 831458 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on TCTOP on their website: http://tctop.org.uk/
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