The h.Energy Village
In 2017, the h>Energy Village was located just across the Victoria Footbridge on King George V Playing Fields.
In 2017 there was a creative and informative watery theme running through the h.Energy Village – with children’s activities, environmental information, and lots of musical arts and fun.
This area was developed in collaboration between Herefordshire Green Network, Herefordshire New Leaf and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, with the wonderful cruck-frame Village Hall in the centre of our Village provided by our friends at Oakwrights. Guided nature walks and tree walks set off from here, and there was also be a Yurt dark room with river themed stories and short films. Outside on the Village Green a giant chess game to place with music from local folk bands.
In the Village visitors found a variety of stalls & exhibitors, including Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & the local Tree Warden network. There were fresh veggies & local food with Growing Local, and local renewable energy experts from Caplor Energy were there to talk green energy. The story of our beautiful rivers was told by The Wye & Usk Foundation, and Friends of the Earth & The Size of Herefordshire talked about some of their current projects. Herefordshire Community Land Trust provided inspiration for living, and ElectrAA talked about electric cars, while CLaN tested allcomers with the 8 beasties challenge. There was the chance to tell your river story in the Red Brook Project deckchair. and find out more about the Cycle Repair Café being planned by Hereford Cycle Hub.
There was Wildplay and dancing in the Dance Fest experimental movement yurt…. Swan Brewery were also there, along with some watery activities for all the family. And of course The Fabulous Cob Oven Company – helped many hungry Carnival goers make their own favourite wood baked pizza.
Line up for the 2017 h.Energy Village Hall
11.45pm: Silver Branch – 5 piece ceilidh band
12.30pm: A Guided Tree Walk around the site, led by Nic Howes (Herefordshire Tree Warden Network)
12.45: Vaginapocalypse – upbeat folk punk
1.25pm: A Foraging Walk around the site, led by Tim Kaye (CLaN / Herefordshire New Leaf)
1.30pm Morris Dancing, followed by folk singer Mark Stevenson
(timings may be subject to alteration)
In the Yurt – join our ‘River Stories’, with Austin Keenan (storyteller), Jaime Jackson (digital artist) and Herefordshire Libraries.
The organisers are grateful to Elmley Small Grants Arts Fund for their support for the arts activities in this area of the Hereford River Carnival.