Sustainable Future Centre

A space where people can find out about global issues and local sustainable initiatives in the county: from climate change and water saving to plastic reduction and sustainable food, and how they can get involved.

The Sustainable Future Centre opened at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum on 13th March 2020.

The Centre is located in the Jubilee Building and, though now closed due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, it will be open to the public every Saturday, once normal business resumes.

Within the building, information boards provide advice on how to live and work sustainably and, on open days, volunteers are on-hand to discuss ideas and share information. The centre will also provide a space for events and a programme of workshops is being planned to take place throughout the coming year.

The Jubilee Building which hosts the Centre has been retrofitted to be more eco-friendly with double glazing and an air source heat pump replacing gas central heating. Elsewhere on the site, solar panels have been installed and the hot water in the loos is now heated by a solar thermal system.

The Sustainable Future Centre is open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone wanting more details or who is interested in volunteering should contact project manager Pete Norton at pete@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk.

Anyone interested in hiring the Jubilee building for events should contact Averil Clother: a.clother@herefordshirewt.co.uk

 

Spotlight on...

We are using Spotlight posts, shared on social media, to show some of the information and resources available at the new Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre which will re-open after the Coronavirus situation ends.

Online spotlight #1: Ecological Footprint

Our ecological footprint is the amount of the environment necessary to support our lifestyle. It is measured in terms of the area of land and water required to produce the goods and services we use and process the waste that we produce. ‘Earth overshoot day’ is the day each year that we blow nature’s budget and go into ‘debt’ by using more resources than the Earth can support. In 2019 this was on July 29th. As a result of the lockdown, our impact on nature will be reduced by our reduction in travel and consumption and so earth overshoot day may well be much later in 2020.

Want to know what your “overshoot day’ and what can you do to push it back? Use this calculator http://www.footprintcalculator.org/ to find out, and check out https://www.footprintnetwork.org/our-work/ for more info on footprinting.

Online Spotlight #2: UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the UN are a great place to start when thinking about how to make our local area and communities more sustainable. Here at Queenswood, while we may not be able to end world poverty, we can ensure each project we undertake works towards at least one of these goals whether promoting good health and wellbeing, life on earth or clean energy. 

Online Spotlight #3: Global Biodiversity

The total estimated number of animal and plant species on Earth is 8 million (including 5.5 million insect species)

Shockingly,  up to 1 million species are threatened with extinction, many within decades.

Can individuals make a difference? Yes! Here's how:

  1. Help our native pollinators. Click here to see how
  2. Reduce or eliminate use of chemicals at home and buy organic: herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. 
  3. Make your garden or local green space as wildlife-friendly as possible Top tips here
  4. Reduce your consumption 
  5. Reuse and recycle
  6. Reduce your energy demand
  7. Buy local foods - a good start to knowing exactly what you're buying and how its produced 
  8. Donate to conservation efforts
  9. Advocate for Biodiversity by supporting positive campaigns and contacting your local MP.
  10. Buy 'good wood': look out for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. You can also help by reducing your paper consumption and use recycled paper.

Online Spotlight #4: The Three Aspects of Sustainable Development

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Bruntland Report 1987
 

Online Spotlight #5: The Egan Wheel

The ‘Egan Wheel’ focuses on specific themes which together contribute to what we might describe as a sustainable community.

Online Spotlight #6: What steps can we take towards a sustainable local economy?