Great Outdoors Monday, March 7th Words by: Mark Bowen

What to see and do at Herefordshire's h.Energy festival

Great Outdoors Monday, March 7th

What to see and do at Herefordshire's h.Energy festival

h.Energy will get you thinking about our planet and the damage we force upon it, without inflicting too much doom and gloom on you.

The sustainability festival, organised by New Leaf, this year runs from October 7 to 15, with dozens of events focused on green living. Most will be taking place in and around the Queenswood Country Park at Dinmore Hill, near Leominster.

Here are our top picks for what's on:

Art installations @ Queenswood Country Park


While French artist Dominique Etna Corbal's installation végétales will be at Queenswood, there'll will also be treeline art installatons by Fine Art degree students from Hereford College of Arts.

The Truth Behind The Dash for Gas (film screening and panel) @ The Courtyard, Hereford

Friday, October 7 | 6pm

The Truth Behind The Dash for Gas is the film created by activists in Somerset when the Mendip Hills were threatened with fracking. It lays out "the problems the fracking industry brings" from seismic activity and radioactive waste treatment to water pollution and poisonous methane leaks.

After the screening there'll be panel discussion with those on the front line of the fracking struggle.

h.Energy launch (art exhibition and live music) @ The Courtyard, Hereford

Friday October 7 | 8pm

h.Energy’s opening event celebrates the trees that "define the architecture of our landscapes, cities, parks, streets and open spaces, sequencing carbon from the atmosphere and providing us with food, shelter and the air that we breathe".

It's a showcase of national and international artist shorts redefining environmental art and our relationship to nature as active participants, including music and dance as well as moving image art made by Hereford College of Art’s BA Fine Art degree students.

The night will end with a live performance from Seize The Day – a "celebrated English acoustic band with global roots who specialise in protest songs and have supported many environmental campaigns across the world".

UK Fungus Day @ Queenswood Country Park

Saturday, October 8 | 10am to 3.30pm


The Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group celebrates all things mycological as part of UK Fungus Day, with a rolling programme of forays at Queenswood Country Park.

In addition, there will be a display of named fungi, a 'name that fungus' competition and presentations. You can also bring in specimens for identification.

Here In My Car @ Queenswood Country Park

Saturday, October 8 | 10am to 3.30pm

A chance to find out how close we really are to motorways full of hydrogen and electric cars.

Weird In The Woods: Queenswood Country Park

Saturday, October 8 | 10am to 3.30pm

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Sproatly Smith will appear at Weird In The Woods. Photo: Mark Bowen

Weird In The Woods will bring you the joys of Weirdshire folk music as part of a fundraising event to raise money for the Syrian refugee families who will be resettled in Herefordshire next month. 

This live music line up features Sproatly Smith at 4pm; Mark Stevenson at 5pm; Square Peg at 6pm; Tobion at 7pm; Vaginapocalypse at 8pm; and Jus Jay at 9pm. 

Chutneyathon by Swan Brewery: Queenswood County Park

Saturday, October 8 | 10am to 4pm

Bring any surplus veggies or fruit along to the h.Energy hub at Queenswood and transform them in to chutney under the guidance of Gill Bullock of the Swan Brewery in Leominster.

Gill is a chutney making enthusiast, with Women’s Institute and village show credentials.

The spent hops from Swan Brewery have been given to Leominster gardeners and allotment holders over the last few months.

Some of these gardeners will be donating fruit and veg grown in soil enriched with locally grown hops that have been used in the brewing process.

A selection of the chutney recipes followed will contain Swan Brewery ales.

The Swan Brewery bar will be close by for those wanting to try our locally hand-brewed beers.


Nuts About Nature: Queenswood Country Park

Sunday, October 9 | 10am to 4.30pm


Picture credit: Little Nuts Thief by Ran Allen. FlickR via CC-BY-SA

Explore the woodland for signs of wildlife with Hayley, Queenswood Engagement Officer. You can join the great nut hunt, make your own animal print plaster cast and take the nut challenge. There will also be woodland crafts with Sarah Blenkinsop, from New Leaf. 

Weird In The Woods: Queenswood Country Park

Sunday, October 9 | 11.15am to 4.30pm

Another day of music from Weirdshire featuring Maddie Mew at 11.15am, Stoned Cherries at 3.15pm; Alula Down at 3.45pm.  

Banner photo: Houby by Martin Dvoracek, FlickR via CC-BY-SA.

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