This year’s event is a fusion of ecology and art, music and discussion in two key venues (De Koffie Pot and Queenswood) plus a few other inspiring events out around the county.

De Koffie Pot hosts a comprehensive schedule of talks and discussions, an h.Energy Market filled wth all the usual information and activities, a ‘Make, Do & Mend’ for all the family with members of The Big Skill and Etsy, plus ‘Craftivism’ antics for all ages. On Saturday at 10.30 and at 7pm there will be a full performance of the stunning puppet show “The Selfish Giant” from Sealegs Puppet Theatre. This is a real treat – beautiful and uplifting, and suitable for all the family. After the puppet show on Saturday evening Weirdshire Earth Lore is a combination of folk song & tale followed by MASH Cinema and Salt Road VJ & music from Jus’Jay DJ.

Visitors to Queenswood will find a combination of sports and arts fun for all the family. A 5k fun run through the beautiful woodland setting, or a more leisurely contemplative art walk led by local artist Celia Johnson. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be providing craft workshops in the woodland and degree students from Hereford Art College have created land art installations.

Around the county you will find films, discussion forums, permaculture explorations and nature sculptures.

Read on for full details & timetables. All our events apart from some of the craft workshops are free of charge – as usual 🙂

h.Energy @ De Koffie Pot:
Stalls, talks, films, music, craft & fun for all the family

In the DKP Courtyard:
The h.Energy Market, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
including ….
The KLEEN Energy Bikes – come and feel what its like to generate your own electricity, light up bulbs of different types, pump water, and try to fry and egg!
Marches Energy Agency – providing info to help reduce your homes energy costs
Super Nourished – delicious handmade raw chocolate
Growing Local – sales of gorgeous local veg grown by children at the Tillington educational garden
The Woodee – handcrafted fire pits and artisan tools
Community Land Trust – information and updates about this important local project
Size of Herefordshire – come & join Herefordshire’s battle to save the rainforests
The Nappy Service – information and advice about reusable nappies, continence and menstrual wear.
Celia’s – beautiful handmade herbal bodycare.
Electric Cars …? – come and have a look for yourself…

Browse the stalls or join a Foraging Walk led by Tim Kaye (Clan CIC / New Leaf) along the river banks. Setting off from DKP at 12:45pm (on Saturday only).

Also in the Courtyard, New Leaf presents Treasure Trees, a Heritage Lottery Funded interactive touch screen dark tent on the Women’s Land Army.

In Gwynne House:
Make Do & Mend, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Join local creative artists, repairers and craft makers just off the DKP Courtyard.
With felting from FfolkyFfelt, textile upcycling & fun with GinnsCreative, “Nozbug” scrap metal workshops with Tinkan Designs, and more to be confirmed soon.

Upstairs at DKP:
h.Energy talks, shows & craftivism
Puppet show: “The Selfish Giant” Saturday only, 10.30am & 7pm
An eerie & beautiful retelling of Oscar Wilde’s tale from the brilliant Sealegs Puppet Theatre. Suitable for ages 4 and upwards.

Craftivism in the Gallery. Saturday & Sunday, 11am onwards
Come and join in with some craftivism creation in the DKP Gallery. Curated by New Leaf & Salt Road. Suitable for all ages.

The h.Energy Talks, 12 noon – 5pm
Saturday Talks Timetable:
The theme for the first part of today is creating a more comfortable home that has impact on the environment
12 noon – Um – but where do I begin? So you want to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. But how to get started? Jackie Jones
12.15pm – A pioneering passive solar house. Local energy consultant David Olivier introduces his own home
12.45pm – What works? – your chance to quiz a panel of people who have upgraded their own homes about what’s worked for them
1.15pm – B-R-E-A-K
2.15pm – Struggling with a cold house? How to get some help. Sometimes a cold house is not just uncomfortable, but has a huge impact on finances and health. Davina Allen of Marches Energy Agency/Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help
3pm – Why home solar makes real sense Solar PV feed-in tariffs are not what they were – but nor are costs. Gordon Yole of local installer Solar Kinetics will be answering questions on the pros and cons of solar PV right now. You might be pleasantly surprised!
Renewables and the bigger picture…
3.45pm – Herefordshire’s clean energy strategy Our county is making truly impressive progress on producing clean energy and dramatically cutting use and expenditure. Ben Boswell (Herefordshire Council Energy and Active Travel Manager) explains
4.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved Local community energy groups
4.30pm – We need to talk about K… limate Enough of Kevin for now, There’s another big subject we need to discuss. Gordon Coppock brings us up to date on climate science, and how effectively we are reducing carbon emissions

Sunday Talks Timetable:
We need our trains and buses and bikes – but let’s take a look at where we are going with CARS
12 noon – River Simple hydrogen car Hugo Spowers of River Simple explains his thinking on fuelling vehicles with hydrogen – and introduces his revolutionary vehicle. Is it time for us to H2Go?
12.45pm – Confessions of a former petrol head – why electric cars make sense right now Gordon Coppock
1.15pm – What works? Your chance to quiz a panel of people who drive electric cars or vans locally about how it works for them
Personal, local and global …
2.30pm – Creating a sustainable livelihood and career Dave Prescott explores opportunities to make your passion into your work, and explains his own professional path
3.15pm – How about community energy? How it works, how to get involved Local community energy groups
3.30pm – The Solar Age: Global Energy Futures Local energy expert Richard Priestley explains the massive global uptake of clean, renewable energy and looks at where we are going next….

Upstairs After Dark at DKP:
Wierdshire Earth Lore, Saturday 7pm onwards
Stories, folklore & film exploring our connections to the land. With music, performance and puppetry from local artists and folklorists. Opening the evening at 7pm today’s second performance of The Selfish Giant from Sealegs Puppet Theatre. Followed by music and folk tale with Sproatly Smith, Bill Laws, Libertine Spragg & Mark Stevenson. And from 10:15pm Mash Cinema and Salt road present Treeline a range of audio visual works including New Leaf commissioned artists from the Art Council. With music from Jus Jay DJ.

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