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Herefordshire Zero Carbon and Nature Rich

The county-wide action plan and how you can make a difference


Herefordshire is on a rapid journey towards achieving zero carbon by 2030 to create a county that we all want in the future.

Like many places across the UK, Herefordshire declared a climate emergency in 2019 which was followed by the development of a Climate and Nature Action Plan involving people across the county.

The plan of action focuses on six key areas including sustainable housing and buildings, energy, transport, food consumption, land use and farming, and waste management.

Sitting alongside and supporting these plans and the achievement of the county's net zero ambition is the Greener Footprints communications and engagement campaign. This has been designed to encourage, inspire and mobilise people and organisations from all corners of the community to be part of a Herefordshire-wide "movement of positive action" on a scale never seen before in order to tackle climate change and protect the county's rich nature and wildlife.

Climate and Nature Partnership Board

Two vacancies on the Board have arisen - closing date for applications is Tuesday 11 April 2023.

Apply to join the Board

These environmental ambitions and activities are being steered and driven by a specially created 16-strong Climate and Nature Partnership Board who bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge through their roles in conservation, wildlife, architecture, farming, the media, community energy, research, land management, agricultural policy and running businesses.

They include:

Anna Darwood

Anna DarwoodClimate and Green Spaces ambassador at Hereford City Youth Council.

Claire Kingston

Claire KingstonSenior Visitor Experience Officer, National Trust.

Elly Deacon Smith

Elly Deacon SmithDirector at Arbor Architects, an environmentally focused architectural practice.

Ian Howie

Ian Howie Former farm manager, farming consultant and agricultural journalist.

Emily Partridge

Emily PartridgeAssociate at Architype, an environmental consultancy and architectural practice.

Jackie Jones

Jackie JonesDirector of Pomona Solar Co-op, a Herefordshire community energy scheme, co-chair of Herefordshire Green Network and former editorial director of an international renewable energy magazine.

James Marsden

James MarsdenA craft cider and perry maker and former adviser on environmental policy to the UK government and parliament.

Kate Gathercole

Kate GathercoleFounding Director of New Leaf Sustainable Development. Founding member of Herefordshire Green Network. Currently working with Transition Together (Transition Network UK).

Gordon Coppock

Gordon CoppockBoard member of Marches LEP for energy and net zero carbon emissions, voluntary director of Leominster and Pomona community-owned energy Co-operatives, vice chair of Herefordshire Green Network.

Gareth Williams

Gareth WilliamsFounder of Caplor Energy, a Herefordshire based renewable installation company and also board member of multiple local, regional and national bodies associated with sustainability.

Stuart Brisbane

Stuart BrisbaneHead of Estates, New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering.

Ellie Chowns

Councillor Ellie ChownsCabinet member for economy and environment, Herefordshire Council.

Read the minutes from the Board meetings.

Full terms of reference for the Herefordshire Climate and Nature Partnership Board